Materials & Insight

At Nirvana, we believe materials have the power to turn a good idea into a great one. That’s why we spend

our time in pursuit of innovative and inspiring products and processes that can do just that. Our materials

library, housed at our London headquarters, is the physical manifestation of this search, and provides

a space for individuals and brands to explore the furthest reaches of their imagination. 

 

Nirvana’s own Material Boards are an extension of this exploration. Collaborating with an impressive roster

from across the creative industries – including graphics specialist Anthony Burrill and product designer

Alexander Taylor – we use each instalment in the ongoing series as a means of bringing together

a material and a process in a thoughtful union that reflects what we call Creative Production. 

 

Nirvana’s Insight department closely monitors the latest news, trends and happenings from across the

different areas in which we work. We draw on more than a decade of experience to provide bespoke

feedback for our range of international clients, regularly released insight reports, as well as interviews and

features that champion our in-house expertise and that of our extensive network of partners

Material Monday: MILIFE

Material Monday: MILIFE

Posted Last Monday by Nirvana CPH

MILIFE® is a revolutionary 100% polyester nonwoven that combines orientation and spinning technology. Manufactured in a sophisticated proprietary process, MILIFE® provides a silk-like surface, and a unique feel and appearance. Very flexible and light weight with a balanced tensile strength, it offers excellent dimensional stability and low lint, making it a suitable application for luxury packaging […]

Material Monday: Pine

Material Monday: Pine

Posted 13 February by Nirvana CPH

Whole systems thinking and materials is something that Ma-tt-er focuses on as a studio and consultancy. Director Seetal Solanki will be discussing the huge potential that the very basic pine needles can achieve. Pine is one of the most commercially important tree species used throughout the world. It it one of the fastest growing softwoods […]

Material Monday: Wood Leather

Material Monday: Wood Leather

Posted 6 February by Nirvana CPH

Wood Leather is an innovative material developed by designer Merlene Huissoud that uses a novel combination of materials: honey bee bioresin and silk. Her process creates a sustainable, paper-thin leather that is entirely organic. The silkworm cocoon is composed by a thread of raw silk which represents hundreds of layers of fibres which contain a […]

Material Monday: Visualising Pollution

Material Monday: Visualising Pollution

Posted 30 January by Nirvana CPH

This week Seetal Solanki Director of Ma-tt-er will be discussing the invisible resource of pollution as a material across multiple applications. Proactive design is something that is becoming so much more relevant than it ever has been in recent past. The amount of pollution we are currently experiencing globally as well as locally. London this […]

Material Monday: Sugar

Material Monday: Sugar

Posted Today by Nirvana CPH

This week Seetal Solanki Director of materials consultancy Ma-tt-er will be discussing sugar as a material, moving it away from our daily diets and into products that could surround us in the future. Are we using sugar in all the wrong places? Biobased Xorel is a textile that is sourced from a renewable resource, the […]