New Materials - May 2017

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.

Designers Scaffidi & Johansen are ahead of the curve with 3000 Njord

By taking a key design trend and turning it on its head, Scaffidi and Johansen pair straight lines with delicate curves for 3000 Njord. Comprising a stylish and comfortable armchair, the wood is worked into an unusually slender frame, whilst the seat shall, entirely made of anthracite polyester felt, seduces with its organic design and soft touch of its materiality. With four internationally recognised design awards already under their belt, the duo’s Njord armchair is guaranteed to turn heads.

Vyva Fabrics launch fireproof Kintyre and Kilkenny ranges

Specialising in sustainable, environmentally-friendly collections of fabrics, Vyva launches its Kilkenny and Kintyre ranges of 100% natural, flame-retardant products. Made of linen, cotton and viscose, the fabrics are both practical and aesthetically stunning for a wide range of projects in a variety of sectors.

Conor Taylor offers bold new take on timber for Foresso

Conor Taylor – Foresso’s designer – has invented a new way to repurpose British timber for an original take on traditional terrazzo. Seeing extremely high-quality wood regularly wasted in enormous quantities during processing provided his main inspiration. Delicate curls of planed wood and pieces of timber would, due to their unusual size or shape, regularly be pulped for filler or fuel. Foresso reclaims these components and fashions them into a material that recreates the aesthetic of traditional terrazzo, with a rich grain and hand-of-the-maker quality.

Tektura Walltalkers: Wallcoverings that let your walls do the talking

The writing is well and truly on the wall with Tektura’s latest innovative surface design, which allows users to create giant moodboards through a magnetic surface and annotation-friendly whiteboard finish. Available per linear metre, the material provides a stellar solution for offices and the hospitality industry. Installation is as easy as applying a standard commercial wallcovering, and Walltalkers can be hung horizontally or vertically to allow for optimum writing area.