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: PaperFoam

Material Monday: PaperFoam

Posted Last Monday by Nirvana CPH

Starch and fibre are the main ingredients that PaperFoam is made of which makes this material low-carbon, compostable and recyclable. This week Seetal of Ma-tt-er explores the packaging alternative that can be applied within a multitude of products. The starch actually comes from two renewable sources, that being potatoes and tapioca which are put into […]

Material Monday: Anaglyphic Glass

Material Monday: Anaglyphic Glass

Posted 12 June by Nirvana CPH

Anaglyphic Glass is the only glass on the market that is able to break down the shadow of an object placed upon it into a series of colour layers. An effect, achieved through a well-tailored experimentation with coating and glass layering. This material successfully engages the user to observe the object on the surface from […]

Material Monday: Bagasse

Material Monday: Bagasse

Posted 7 June by Nirvana CPH

Seetal Solanki from Ma-tt-er recently wrote about sugar as a material source and this week she will be discussing the potential of a biodegradable food packaging solution that is made from sugarcane fibre waste called bagasse, which is a substance normally burnt to dispose of it creating a huge amount of pollution. Bagasse is a […]

Material Monday: BioFoam®

Material Monday: BioFoam®

Posted 31 May by Nirvana CPH

BioFoam® has a very similar appearance to conventional polystyrene foam, the raw beads come in three sizes to suit specific moulding applications and is resistant to water, liquid nitrogen, CO2 molecules and dry ice. It is the first foam to be petroleum and chemical free, a biodegradable alternative to conventional Expandable Polystyrene (EPS) and PU […]

Material Monday: Plastic Joinery

Material Monday: Plastic Joinery

Posted Last Thursday by Nirvana CPH

The amount of plastic waste we are facing worldwide is insurmountable right now. This week Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses the way in which plastic waste can provide a more useful function. Plastic as a material can take up to 450 years to degrade and in some cases up to 1000 years. Bottles of plastic […]