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New Materials - October 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.

Johnson Tiles’ Fitzrovia range transforms recycled materials into cutting-edge products

One of seven brand new ranges recently launched by leading UK tile manufacturer, Johnson Tiles, Fitzrovia is inspired by our man-made surroundings. Celebrating a rustic appearance through understated distressed markings – in Pearl or Silver – as with all tiles manufactured at the Stoke-on-Trent factory, each unit in the collection contains up to 20% recycled content. Available in one size – 600x300mm – and a chic gloss finish, it will provide serious style credentials to your next interior scheme.

Amelia Derrick adds value to non-traditional byproducts of the home

Focusing on byproducts from around the home, Amelia Derrick has created a set of utilitarian objects, which hold ‘embedded value’. She initially asked the question: “what happens when we take materials that are not traditionally deemed as valuable and ‘add value’ to them by creating new object outcomes?” and through rigorous technical research and experimentation has pursued new opportunities for everyday objects including eggshells, bread, lint, pegs, hoover dust and bin liners.

Remake by Favini Paper uses leather, as you’ve never seen before

Including 25% wood tree pulp, Favini Paper’s Remake range uses discarded residue from the leather manufacturing process to provide an innovative example of ‘upcycling’. Both recyclable and compostable, the residues, which are visible on the surface, give the paper a distinctive look and soft, velvety feel. The leather byproduct used is sourced from traceable Italian origin.

Dear Human: Creating unusual, sustainable and functional objects

Dear Human explores new materials and forms, drifting from fine art into design concepts and back again. The result is a collection that resides somewhere between the two disciplines. Since the brand’s inception, it has been dedicated to thoughtful material use, and projects often begin with playful experimentation with industrial castoffs and scrap materials to see where they can go. The Wallpapering project utilises paper waste sourced from local offices to produce paper tiles that are hard as board and light as cork with sound absorbing qualities and easy installation.