Experimenting in the Material Lab

I’m always on the look-out for new materials, new finishes and innovative design. I’ve been to the Material Lab before but haven’t visited for a few years (forgive me Material Lab for I have sinned). So when I visited Clerkenwell Design Week and saw some of their new and innovative finishes and concepts I knew I had to take a trip down there to see what else was on offer.
The Labs Material Specifier Wall
At the Lab (located at 10 Great Titchfield Street, London)I met with the lovely Tenesha Willoughby – the Labs’ Assistant Studio Manager who gave me a tour of the space which has recently been re-designed. The space has been used well and is an explosion of innovation and colour. Having been open for five fabulous years the team knew that as their clients and the industry evolved, so should they. Re-designed by Dalziel & Pow Architects the concept was to utilise the space, allowing the team to showcase their products and materials with ease.
The designers have incorporated the brand logo into the hexagon posts to identify each board. They have also used the innovative idea of using peg boards to showcase certain materials with the boards being interchangeable. I love the idea that the space is extremely flexible and that it can be changed to suit. Materials aren’t the only things that are showcased here. Oh No. There are seated events downstairs, talks and seminars so it is also an education lab and not just for materials. The space is a resource centre for architects, designers and consumers to learn and view materials for a future or and existing project.
The Lab Workshop Area
Only recently the team had an FX Seminar debate including companies such as Schott, Tektura and many others. The lab as a resource and learning environment is proving to be a huge success. Last week saw the 2011 Interior Design School’s exhibition which again is a fine example of a great use of space.

The Material Lab gets the ‘House of Paul’ thumbs up and is definitely worth a visit.

Material Lab

10 Great Titchfield StreetLondonW1W 8BB

Phone020 7436 8629

Open: 9:00am-5:30pm. Mon-Fri

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