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 Industry Special: London Design Festival 2018

Material Monday Industry Special: London Design Festival 2018

Posted Last Thursday by Katie Kubrak

In two weeks we officially kick of the month of September, which for London based creatives will be infused with creative experiences showcased through London Design Festival 2018 and London Design Biennale 2018. Some of the areas worth visiting will include Bankside Design District, Brompton Design District, Clerkenwell Design Quarter, Fitzrovia Design District, Marylebone Design […]

Material Monday Sight Excite: Aesthetic stardom of Alexander McQueen 

Material Monday Sight Excite: Aesthetic stardom of Alexander McQueen 

Posted 13 August by Katie Kubrak

At times seeing can transport us to a different dimension entirely. It could be initiated by visual exaltation, enthusiasm, surprise or the opposite as repulsion, disgust and outrage. Aided by soundscapes, tactile temperatures, dynamic movement, staged performance, aroma and visual vibrancy of colours, textures and shapes it results in a holistic emotional stimulation. All of […]

Material Monday Sight Excite: Innovatively Staged Metal Mesh

Material Monday Sight Excite: Innovatively Staged Metal Mesh

Posted 30 July by Katie Kubrak

“Ways of Seeing” by John Berger opens up with statement that “it is seeing, which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it.” In reflection to this observation, in today’s Material Monday, we discuss spatial bewilderments achieved […]

Material Monday Series 4: Sight Excite

Material Monday Series 4: Sight Excite

Posted Yesterday by Katie Kubrak

One of the literary classics of the creative industry is “The Eyes of the Skin” by Juhani Pallasmaa. In the book, the author discusses how the dominance of sight across body of creative work in the design industry mutes the experience of other senses. However, we ought to start by acknowledging sight’s considerable significance on […]

Material Monday Excite: Salt Infused Patterns

Material Monday Excite: Salt Infused Patterns

Posted 16 July by Katie Kubrak

For the past several months we have been exploring materials, processes, finishes and industry trends that showcase opportunities for tactile exploration of surfaces. Being considerate of the fact that about 80% of creative output nowadays is two dimensional, upcoming features will focus on exploring the bridge between sense of sight and all of the other […]