New Materials - April 2018

Through NM17, we explore the latest new surfaces and materials for architects and designers. Check back regularly for the latest updates, or subscribe to our newsletter.

Experimental designs by Katalin Huszár are far from useless

Hungarian designer Katalin Huszár is a true innovator. For her latest project she was influenced by the straw-littered streets of Lisbon’s Bairro Alto, and in response launched NOTJUSTUSELESS.

The concept aims to address the troubling phenomenon of excessive plastic waste through the collection of used straws from consumers to enable designers to create new objects, installations and textures from them. The finished design then returns to the location, offering consumers a chance to see their not-so-useless waste transformed into a usable item once again.

Sculptural surfaces from Selina Rose transform your perceptions of felt

Selina Rose creates intricately cut, tactile and sculptural 100% wool felt surfaces for both residential and commercial interiors. With technology at its core, the expert team cuts, inlays, folds, stitches, layers and manipulates felt into unique surface patterns that play with light and shade to create a sense of movement and tactility. Available in a variety of thicknesses, and a colour palette of 75 shades, the surfaces are suitable for a broad range of interior applications including acoustic panelling, screens, room dividers, rugs and home wares.

Technowood offers a sustainable alternative to solid wood surfaces

Through veneering robust materials, Technowood offers a more sustainable alternative to solid wood. Rather than rely on a fast depleting resource, the team instead asks architects and designers to consider options that provide the same quality and durability as wood, but that has less of a negative impact on the environment. Whether it’s an interior or exterior façade that’s required, Technowood can offer a product to suit. Thanks to the team’s unique innovation, 98% less tree ratio is used in its process when compared to those working with solid wood.

Harbour by Johnson Tiles captures rustic aesthetic of sea-weathered rocks

Leading UK manufacturer Johnson Tiles’ Harbour range comprises a collection of glazed ceramic wall tiles in three colourways. Encapsulating the rustic aesthetic of sea-weathered rocks, the versatile design combines texture with subtle shading for naturally inspired results. The ideal solution for commercial and residential schemes alike, Harbour is available in one size (400x150mm) and one finish for stunning interior schemes.