Our design space in Kings Cross, London has a wide range of material samples to help inspire and inform any creative project. We also have an excellent choice of sustainable material samples available. If you are looking for creative or environmental materials consultation and sourcing do get in touch, and please see some of the materials and methods we use below...

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NATURAL WOODLAND

We have utilised natural woodland twigs, wild flowers, leaves and moss to fabricate sculptures. Our window shop display for James Purdey & Sons featured a stag, pheasant and grouse as well as some scenic painted highland backdrops using only eco friendly all natural materials

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SUSTAINABLE PLASTIC

Our plastic sheets are a unique, sustainable solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable. Available in more than 70 vibrant colours as well as custom colours to match any RAL colour code. Available in 12mm and 18mm.

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ALUMINIUM SPONGE

Aluminum foam creates strong yet lightweight panels. Similar in appearance to a metallic sponge, it is visually striking, with a modern dramatic look. For interior or exteriors, this material by Alusion is produced in panels ranging in various densities, and in thicknesses from 12.7mm to 43.2 mm.

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STONECYCLING

StoneCycling have developed a method to pulverise recycled building materials from demolition sites to create a new type of stone that can be turned into products like surface materials and tiles. Makes for great table tops and plinths!

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NATURAL DECORATIVE COVERINGS..

Natural raw materials pressed into large panel sheets; from wild grass and lavender, to chocolate, coffee and pumpkin seeds. The sheet is ready for cladding walls or any fabrication project. Also available as an adhesive and made using green electricity. They smell great!

100% RECYCLED PLASTIC SURFACES

This sample above is from Smile plastics, who make 100% recycled plastic panels from yogurt pots, plastic bottles etc. There is a wealth of eco-surfaces like this, including decorative wall surfaces that have minimal environmental impact through having naturally occurring mineral compounds.

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RECYCLED TEAK WOOD WALL PANELS

The waste from rough cut pieces of Teak logs reclaimed and made into beautiful relief wall panels showcase the natural beauty of raw teak.

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VALCHROMAT vs MDF

Valchromat is FSC certified evolution of MDF wood, it is stronger, more resilient to bending, moisture and flame retardant and comes in beautiful organic colours. Most importantly, it is eco friendly, as it is manufactured from recycled pine wood, branches and chips from softwood forests. It does not contain the formaldehyde as MDF wood does, and instead uses non toxic bonding resin which makes it suitable for making children’s toys.

RECLAMATION YARDS

Our local reclamation yard is the first point of call if a project calls for polystyrene or wood. They have a briquetting machine that compacts used poly into new pieces and many sheets of reconditioned wood. We also look to send any waste or old props to places like these, or our local recycle center.

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ROCK MAKING AT THE INSTITUTE OF MAKING

We had a great time at the Institute of Making 'festival of stuff' fair, running the 'fake rock making' station where all sorts of rocks were made by members of the public, and put us in great position to create the best cake rock when decking out Cutter and Squidge Aladdins Cave!

THE UPCYCLE AESTHETIC

Last year at the VM Display exhibition, we created sculptures out of 100% up-cycled found objects and salvaged copper pipe plinths.- it is true that functionality creates its own kind of aesthetic.

WORKING WITH ECO FRIENDLY COMPANIES

Over Christmas, we worked with clothing label Vivienne Westwood, who are making efforts to use reclaimed materials and reducing their carbon footprint. We used palm tree bases for their Xmas window display, made entirely out of recycled wood.

ECO FRIENDLY PAINTS

Both interior and exterior paints are available that are eco-aware and have the official EU eco-label, one of our favorites is earthborn paints, see more info about their paints here.

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

We created coral reef sculptures from up-cycled and found materials. The reef foliage was made using recycled packaging, plastic cups and knives, cocktail sticks, coffee filters, dish cloths, straws, hoover tubing, plastic spoons and sponge. Using found and up cycled materials such as this hopefully highlights the idea that environmental material design need not compromise the look of display.

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NEW MATERIALS LIBRARY!

Our materials library has a wide choice of surfaces, substrates and props to help inspire your next project. We have an excellent choice of eco-friendly materials available. Please book an appointment to visit!