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: Soft Steel

Material Monday: Soft Steel

Posted Last Monday by Nirvana CPH

This week’s Material Monday is brought to you by Seetal Solanki Director of materials research consultancy Ma-tt-er.   Most metals we come across would be considered a solid material but there are processes now which are transforming a once solid material into a softer one. These states of change are such prevalent qualities to the […]

Material Monday: Plexiglas

Material Monday: Plexiglas

Posted 18 April by Nirvana CPH

Plexiglas® are acrylic sheets that are used in a range of diverse applications, behaving similarly to hardwood it is easy to thermoform and easily bonded. With the vast range of colour options and surface finishes available, it is commonly used to create unique and intriguing interiors and products. There are over 40 standard colours available and […]

Material Monday: E-waste

Material Monday: E-waste

Posted 10 April by Nirvana CPH

This week’s Material Monday Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er will be discussing electronic waste as a potential resource for future products. Worldwide 20 to 50 million tons of electronic waste is disposed of on an annual basis making this a huge issue which could be utilised as a potential resource. According to the activist group DoSomething.org […]

Material Monday: NanoStone®

Material Monday: NanoStone®

Posted 3 April by Nirvana CPH

NanoStone® is the thinnest stone material in the world, thin layers are split from big slate rock sheets to create an extremely thin veneer with a thickness of approximately 50-100 μm. This is then reinforced by a fleece backing and water-jet hardened fabric bonds the individual layers together. The final stone finish is an extremely thin […]

Material Monday: Marble Dust

Material Monday: Marble Dust

Posted Last Thursday by Nirvana CPH

This week’s Material Monday focuses on the invisible resource marble dust, brought to you by Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er. Dust. A substance that wouldn’t traditionally be considered a material. However designer Mi Zhang a recent graduate from Material Futures at Central Saint Martins 2016 has been exploring this very idea into tangible objects for the […]