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: Tactility Speaks in Eggshells

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks in Eggshells

Posted 2 April by Katie Kubrak

Even though the long weekend is about to break, we remain egg-cited about the spring season ahead! To celebrate this wonderful time and bank holiday, this Material Monday, we have prepared something quite special for you. We look at eight egg-citing ways to use an abundance of – eggshells! Egg represents an organic shape that […]

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks through Bark cloth®

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks through Bark cloth®

Posted Today by Katie Kubrak

Material culture defines the relationship between physical ingredients, their purpose and influence over communities. Bark cloth is a unique example of this as over three hundred years it has established a special bond with Ugandan population. This Material Monday, we discuss its exceptional tactility, signature rust colour and product opportunities. It is a sustainable cloth […]

Material Monday Industry Special: Tactility Speaks at Material Xperience 2018

Material Monday Industry Special: Tactility Speaks at Material Xperience 2018

Posted Last Saturday by Katie Kubrak

This year Material Xperience was an outstanding showcase of newest and most inspiring materials across six creative sectors that included: fashion and work wear, packaging and graphics, mobility, interior, product, and architecture. Exhibited materials, products and a series of well-curated talks successfully portrayed the importance of a cross-sector material innovation. Furthermore, they also conveyed a […]

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks through Flocking

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks through Flocking

Posted 12 March by Katie Kubrak

Surface textures can be modelled with a variety of haptic perceptions as soft, rough, sticky, fibrous, waxy and so on. Soft and fluffy surfaces tend to be the ones that give us a sensation of comfort, cocooning and affection. With this in mind, this Material Monday, we explore flocking as a finish with velvet soft […]

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks in E-commerce

Material Monday: Tactility Speaks in E-commerce

Posted 5 March by Katie Kubrak

Every time we browse our material library, while working on a packaging project, we find ourselves asking the same questions all over again. These include: How does the colour of the box make you feel? How does the sound of opening the box influences your anticipation of the object housed within? Can textured surface build […]