If you're familiar with our client Material Lab, then you'll know that they constantly strive to champion the best in innovative and inspiring designs from the very best established and emerging talent out there. It was only natural that the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA) approached them to help curate the exhibitors for the 'Tunnel of Love' section of its debut London event this week.
Taking place over two days from 28 March, the BCFA Open London at the Truman Brewery is a chance to discover the most innovative and exciting products in contract design. For its own contribution, Material Lab chose the following designers and hand-picked recommended products, all of which you can discover more about at Material Lab on Great Titchfield Street.
Alexander White: Versa
Versa is a tile that elevates grout from its disregarded existence, to that of a focal point. The tiles have grooves that when filled, blur the boundary of each element to create a wall where the grout no longer breaks up, but makes up the pattern.
Arun Sispal: Chunk
A strong understanding of “what humans want” enables Arun to create exciting and immersive materials that have a true connection with the user. Intended for display, the exhibition piece is bespoke, made to a set of desired sizes and colours. It captures the aesthetic of something organic, whilst being synthetic through its build, form and colour.
Grace Gallagher: Barbican Tile
Grace Gallagher is a British designer, producing surfaces and objects for interiors that demonstrate a preoccupation with materiality and process. The theme of this work originates from The Barbican, London, where the powerful architecture and patterns observed there have been translated into a range of interior surfaces. This piece is a cast Jesmonite tile from the Barbican collection and celebrates the material and geometry of this iconic building.
Hannah Williams: Marbled Silicone Tiles
Hannah Williams is a bespoke material design company, which specialises in marbled silicone products. The Marbled Silicone Tiles are completely handmade and bespoke, with each tile being individual and made up from coloured pigments, which are designed to a client’s specifications.
Katie Gillies: Freckled Mirror
Offering clients a range of surfaces, handmade at the studio in Nottingham, Kate Gillies Surface Design works with abrasives, pigments, and process, to create surfaces for exteriors, the home and retail interiors. The Freckled Mirror is made of Jesmonite and crushed glass, and is sanded, polished and sealed to a high finish. This surface is suitable for interior and exterior use, and is customisable.
Ruth Parker: Decorative Glass and Mirrored Panels
Ruth Parker Studio produces beautiful decorative glass and mirrored surfaces, combining quality craftsmanship with exciting, innovative designs to create a unique and dramatic aesthetic. Each piece is handcrafted using an original technique; distressing mirrored surfaces and then adding layers of drawings, patterns and textures to create distinctive and intricate designs. As each piece has transparent areas, it looks stunning backlit and so can also be used as feature lighting.