A look at materials beyond the surface. Come along to our refreshed open studio, explore our materials library and join in events focused on social + environmental impact. Part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and celebrating 20 years of the London Design Festival - drop into our studio all week to explore our library and see the materials we love in action, or book into any of the events below.

LDF2022 Open Studio 20-23 Sep 10.00-17.30
Surface Matter 29 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL

Intro to Materials
21 Sep 14.00 + 22 Sep 10.00

Pop by our London Fields materials studio for a dip into the material world, discussing innovative and inspirational surfaces selected from our library. An informal session touching on a wide range of materials from super strong paper composites to 3D printed objects, this session is great for gathering inspiration and finding new materials for architecture and design projects.

Material Sessions
21 Sep 10.00 + 22 Sep 14.00

An informal CPD for brands, architects, designers, makers and material enthusiasts who want to understand more about unusual and sustainable materials. From materials made of paper to colourful circular plastic panels, we'll help you understand how they’re made, where they can be used and how they can contribute to achieving sustainable certifications. You'll find interesting recycled and recyclable materials with examples of how they can be used to create inspiring, useful spaces that encourage interaction.

For free entry use promocode Materialist at check out.

Studio Late
21 Sep 18.00-21.00

Pop by the studio after hours for our late night opening.

Check out a new installation by Guerilla Cast in our newly refreshed studio with nibbles by Palm Greens, drinks from Biercraft and tunes curated by our team.

We'll be starting at 6pm, so come along for a catch up.

RSVP on eventbrite.

Reducing Sample Waste
Swatchbox CPD

20 Sep 10.30 + 14.30

A thought provoking CPD that will explore how designers how can become more sustainable when ordering and recycling samples. Samples are needed for every project but returning or disposing them can be problematic. Some manufacturers will take samples back but quite often this isn’t the case. This then causes the designers sample library to be full of samples that they no longer need and creates a recycling problem.

This CPD from Swatchbox held in the studio helps teams understand the impact of sample waste and what can be done to reduce it.