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 Series 4: Sight Excite

Material Monday Series 4: Sight Excite

Posted 23 July 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 Yesterday 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 […]

Material Monday Insight: Achieving Transparent Leather

Material Monday Insight: Achieving Transparent Leather

Posted 9 July by Katie Kubrak

St Francis of Assisi said “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” This quote feels very relevant to the perseverance, curiosity and material exploration showcased by partnership of Ecco and Sruli Recht. Through a meticulous study of ancient Egyptian and Greek techniques of tanning leather this […]

Material Monday Excite: Triaxial Woven Fabric

Material Monday Excite: Triaxial Woven Fabric

Posted 2 July by Katie Kubrak

It is increasingly common to see modern technology utilised to bring new applications to a more conventional materials and applications. The multi-directional patterns featured in triaxial woven fabrics, which we discuss this Material Monday, are well aligned with a trend for a more engaging material experiences. Furthermore, surface of this material portrays vast opportunities for […]

Material Monday Insight at London Craft Week 2018

Material Monday Insight at London Craft Week 2018

Posted Last Wednesday by Katie Kubrak

This Material Monday, we guide you through some of the noteworthy insights presented during London Craft Week 2018. Overall, London Craft Week is a reflection of worldwide interest in authentic, honest, local and mindfully designed products. Being a showcase platform for contemporary brands and independent makers, it stands as a monument symbolising that all negative […]