Our space is a place where designers, makers, manufacturers and material-enthusiasts can meet, get inspired, talk shop and explore materials. We put the materials we love to work - using them in furniture, storage, desking, light boxes and accessories to show how materials age and perform over time. We have lots of samples of our materials in various sizes and stages of production, including raw materials that show how the materials are made. Our materials studio is closed to the public at the moment, but you can still get in touch or schedule a virtual materials session.
The concept + making of our space
Lincoln Miles Architecture worked with us to create a space which can adapt and transform over time, using the interesting materials for architecture and design that we know so well. Everything works together to be honest and true to each material's individual characteristics.
The Mondrian-style walls are made from a series of large material samples which can easily be removed for closer inspection, or swapped out for something else entirely, thanks to the clever Button-Fix fastening system. Our floor-to-ceiling glazed window frontage houses expansive lightboxes made of Richlite and Bencore, where we often show off flat lays and moodboards. At the far end, the light boxes descend into a compressed paper-clad feature. At just over 3 metres high, the velvety-black mass is actually made from the offcuts of sheets of Richlite, much like the exterior façade accents on Lincoln's V House.
Our wall-to-wall shelves designed by Lincoln with our neighbours at Taylor Hawkes anchor the back walls. Home to our materials library, the semi-modular system is completely free of fixtures or fastenings because of its design and the use of super-strong Richlite material. Exploration tables, sliding panels of large format samples and Durat basins from Surface Design Show have found a permanent home in the middle of our studio.
Our own sit-stand work stations are separated with Upset Screens, and see a stunning dazzle pattern designed by Lisa Traxler routed into contrasting layers. Lisa constructed a paper cut that was converted into CAD and then CNC routed into Richlite Little Tahoma. Our kitchen, designed by Jack Trench is sleek and simple, with combines Black American Walnut, Richlite and Brass, which patina and wear gracefully over time.