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 on Scent in Spaces - Special Edition: Festive Pines

Material Monday on Scent in Spaces - Special Edition: Festive Pines

Posted 18 December 2017 by Katie Kubrak

Wherever you are in the northern hemisphere of the world this month, there are few smells that most likely you will not be able to escape from – cinnamon spiced mulled wine, eggnog, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies, crackling fireplace, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and pine trees. When the smell of the latter fills […]

Material Monday Insight on Scent in Spaces: Green Walls

Material Monday Insight on Scent in Spaces: Green Walls

Posted 4 December 2017 by Katie Kubrak

Green Wall, also known as Vertical Garden, refers to any wall surface that undergoes vegetation (Green Roof Organization, 2008). Aside from being spectacularly beautiful, it injects the space with an olfactory experience and makes raw spaces feel more relaxed. It is also a cost effective and low maintenance way of introducing more nature into modern […]

Material Monday Excite on Scent in Products: Scenting Extruded Ceramics

Material Monday Excite on Scent in Products: Scenting Extruded Ceramics

Posted 27 November 2017 by Katie Kubrak

With growing scarcity of materials and lengthy process of developing and testing new technologies we observe how some designers adopt mind-sets to the fact that using existing materials is just as valuable as using the ‘new’ materials. These creatives are able to skilfully repurpose a production process from one industry to another and present it […]

Material Monday Insight on Scent in Products: New Car Smell

Material Monday Insight on Scent in Products: New Car Smell

Posted 20 November 2017 by Katie Kubrak

Through symbolism of aroma accords, and their non-linguistic delivery, branded fragrances are able to achieve what language could not do. They “express an idea, an archetypal wholeness, which surpasses language while language remains subservient to the more or less worldly business of communicating1.” Further to this observation, it has been researched that certain materials are […]

Material Monday Excite on Scent in Products: Scent Palette

Material Monday Excite on Scent in Products: Scent Palette

Posted Last Saturday by Katie Kubrak

Colour and scent are two elements that have had a long-standing relationship when it comes to scented products. In this week’s  “Material Monday: Series 2” Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses scent related products that are designed through colour and form. A study by PLOS One published in 2014 investigates the associations between colour and scent. The […]