Reflection on formative feedback from my tutor (Assignment 2 & Part 2)

I received feedback from my tutor and would like to take a moment to reflect on it.

I received a ‘well done’ for thorough research, variety of examples, my skills are improving and will be useful throughout my studies. It was helpful that I chose to upload some photos of my notebook and sketchbook.

According to my tutor my mind maps showed understanding, ordered my knowledge and also communicated clearly my thought process. I improved my communication and presentation techniques both handwritten and digital. My tutor recommended to continue experimenting with them to gradually develop my own graphic style. I was pleased to learn that my tutor thinks mind mapping became my personal strength, once I overcame that barrier.

I am very pleased my tutor appreciated my observations of similarities of vortexes at Bloomberg and Reichstag buildings.

I should have included more information on Soviet Graffiti in Reichstag Building.

My tutor suggested that in future I should first search for information, and only after for relevant images.

I was told again to qualify big statements and give credible source for that information.

My choice of descriptive words in materials exercises got praised as a good skill for designer to have – I shall continue describing in that creative way.

I should form my own opinions based on information gathered, for example which architects are displaying truth to materials ethos.

Starting on using InDesign software was also noticed, I can see the InDesign uploads have better quality than other software I used beforehand. In my future InDesign work I shall leave a bit more break between elements, and should see magazines etc for guidance.

I should attempt to draw as well as take photos as drawing and sketching of details will make me notice them. Also the more I draw, the more confidence I will gain, which will create good drawings.

In future (if there is another exercise similar) I should create a drawn map of the place with materials pasted in specific locations. That idea is brilliant, it would be sort of floor plan/ collage.

It’s also good that I completed some study visits (sadly all I had coming up soon have been postponed for the time being).

I should pay attention to titles on my work, to make sure everyone knows what it is.

All in all, I’m pleased with the encouraging and constructive feedback I received, praising and setting me in a right direction.

Assignment 2 (Peckham Library)

Spend some time looking through all the information you’ve collated about the site. Decide which sketches, diagrams, pictures, maps etc. that you have made and collected are the most effective at visually communicating the key physical (geographical, material etc) and non-physical (historical, social, cultural etc) aspects of the site.
Use PowerPoint, InDesign or similar to compile a visual presentation document that summarises your research. Include notes and annotations to support the images.
Consider your audience. Does the information make sense to someone other than you? Is there a clear narrative?
Your presentation does not have to include every detail about the site but should touch on the most significant and interesting information from each of the exercises in Project 3. It should be set up using an A3 page size and should be no more than 5 pages long.

Reflection on assignment 2:

I found the task of collating all gathered information easy and enjoyable. I discovered that I memorised a lot of information about the site while completing prior exercises. The only information I needed to re – visit were the ‘number’ facts such as dates and square meters. The rest of information I just noted down from my memory on paper and typed it out later. Like in precedent research on Reichstag building I discovered again that it is impossible to apply set categories to contexts as they all mix and intertwine with one another for example historical will always mix with cultural, and both are mixed with geographical context. Information about sites must have fluid categories as one affects another. I found the process of researching Peckham Library valuable, I learnt how to select the materials that have impact on the users. I learnt and practiced selecting relevant information to include in my assignment. In my future projects I probably won’t concentrate on all materials so much, but select the ones that I feel are important. For example if I were to work on renovation project of Peckham Library I would concentrate first on the bits I would like to keep like the pods, the coloured glass and windows in general, the exposed concrete and steel. The rest of materials like the carpets, paints on the walls, furniture, work surfaces etc could be changed, without affecting the architectural style. I used indesign software to create my presentation and again I found it to be invaluable tool for presenting gathered information in a professional way with high resolution result. I hope my work is easy to understand for someone who learns about Peckham Library for the first time.

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Library west side. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 2 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Library north side. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 3 All Design (2000) Peckham Library. [Photograph] At: https://all.design/posts/peckham-library (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Geographic location. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Sun path. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 6 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Location within the building. [Drawing] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 7 Peckham Peculiar (1891) Jones and Higgins, 23 Rye Lane, 1891. [Photograph] At: https://66.media.tumblr.com/1d37b0b70af0c45a4d9bde23bb0befc5/tumblr_oatk5hal9f1sevomso1_400.jpg (Accessed 14/03/2020)

Fig. 8 Municipal Dreams (1972) North Peckham Estate. [Photograph] At: https://municipaldreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/north-peckham-estate-2-sa-sn-watermarked.jpg?w=531&h=366 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 9 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from One Stop Shop Entrance. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 10 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from Peckham Hill Street. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 11 Laura Maguire (year unknown) Dolehouse Poster. [Poster] At:  https://lauramaguire207blog.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dolehouse2.jpg?w=487 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 12 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Weathered copper cladding. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 13 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Colourful Back of Peckham Library. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 14 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Steel column. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 15 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Steel columns and glass. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 16 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Steel columns and timber cladding. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 17 Shuttleworth, A (2019) Timber cladding and concrete. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 18 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Arch From Library Window. [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

London Design Week 2020 (Chelsea Harbour)

I visited London Design Week today. I spent most of the day here and haven’t even scraped the tip of the iceberg of the suppliers that are based here. It was also useful and informative to chat to exhibitors that are here only for the week. I spoke to every one of the temporary exhibitors and learnt lots about their companies and their products. I took part in a discovery tour: a group of us visited certain showrooms and we were told by owners or designers about the products they supply. I never visited Chelsea Harbour before, I found today very informative and I am planning to go back to do more research here.

Exercise 3.3: Vernacular Architecture and Materiality

Visual Map

Reflection on the task:

I learnt that some buildings ‘try’ to have vernacular style but don’t succeed. For example, in Epsom Area there are many houses that are weatherboarded but painted black, that is not in keeping with local vernacular that should be white. I found the task of researching properties interesting but also difficult as all houses I saw today were built after 17th century. I noticed that many newer buldings are designed to look older, to suit the area and what’s around. Also identifying materials is really difficult – for example timber weatherboarding – it’s timber but which one? Or roof tiles – could be ceramic, slate, clay… how can you tell the difference? Even harder when old and covered in moss. Still lots to learn…

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Greenland Travel (year unknown) Stay Overnight in an Igloo. [Photograph] At: https://www.greenland-travel.com/inspiration/excursions/overnight-stay-in-igloo/ (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 2 Arneil, P (year unknown) Mongolian Ger. [Photograph] At: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/yurt/#mongolian-ger (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 3 Booking.com (year unknown) Osada na Budzowskim Wierchu. [Advertisment] At: https://q-cf.bstatic.com/images/hotel/max1024x768/203/203791545.jpg (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Adelphi Road Epsom. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A (2020) The Watch House Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 6 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Building of historic interest Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 7 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Mock Tudor Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 8 Shuttleworth, A (2020) House in Ewell. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 9 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Cottage in Epsom. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 10 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Former Plough and Harrow Public House. In possession of: the author: Epsom

Bibliography:

Comberg, E. (2018) 25 Examples of Vernacular Housing From Around the World. At: https://www.archdaily.com/898253/25-examples-of-vernacular-housing-from-around-the-world (Accessed 02/03/2020)

Edwards, S. (2011) Vernacular Architecture and the 21st Century. At: https://www.archdaily.com/155224/vernacular-architecture-and-the-21st-century (Accessed 02/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2010)

Fewins, C. (2013) What is Vernacular Style?. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/vernacular-style/ (Accessed 02/03/2020)

Jeffery, D. (2018) 13 Characterful Traditional-Style Homes. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/traditional-homes-gallery/ (accessed 02/03/2020)

Orme, J. (2016) Contemporary Home with Traditional Materials. At: https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/contemporary-home-with-traditional-materials/ (accessed 02/03/2020)

Salman, M (2018) Sustainability and Vernacular Architecture: Rethinking What Identity Is. London: Intechopen. At: https://www.intechopen.com/books/urban-and-architectural-heritage-conservation-within-sustainability/sustainability-and-vernacular-architecture-rethinking-what-identity-is (Accessed 03/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2010) Adelphi Road Conservation Area: Character appraisal & management proposals. At: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/residents/planning/historic-environment/AdelphiRoadCAFinal.pdf (Accessed 04/03/2020)

The Conservation Studio (2009) Ewell Village Conservation Area Character Appraisal & Management Proposals. At: https://www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/residents/planning/historic-environment/EwellVillageCAFinal.pdf (Accessed 04/03/2020)

Exercise 3.2 Historical and Cultural Context (Peckham Library)

List Of illustrations:

Fig. 1 All Design (2000) Peckham Library [Photograph] At: https://all.design/posts/peckham-library (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 2 Municipal Dreams (1972) North Peckham Estate [Photograph] At: https://municipaldreams.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/north-peckham-estate-2-sa-sn-watermarked.jpg?w=531&h=366 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 3 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Staircase [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom.

Fig. 4 Laura Maguire (year unknown) Dolehouse Poster [Poster] At:  https://lauramaguire207blog.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dolehouse2.jpg?w=487 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Fig. 5 Olmos, A. (2007) Will Alsop in his south London studio in 2007 [Photograph] At: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/may/13/will-alsop-obituary#img-1 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Bibliography:

All Designs (year unknown) ‘ Peckham Library’ At: https://all.design/posts/peckham-library (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Carmona, M. and Wunderlich, F. (2013) Capital Spaces: The Multiple Complex Public Spaces of a Global City (3rd ed) Routledge. At: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=8EujiQKzHkYC&pg=PA176&lpg=PA176&dq=peckham+square+masterplan&source=bl&ots=U2G2aNPs0C&sig=ACfU3U3vJezEgFHF8QflEsHo6wTatsLMKw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjvqfnug_nnAhWzTBUIHdRjAhAQ6AEwEnoECAwQAQ#v=onepage&q=peckham%20square%20masterplan&f=false (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Glancey, J (1999) ‘The pride of Peckham’ In: The Guardian 01/11/1999. At: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/1999/nov/01/artsfeatures1 (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Maguire, L (2013) ‘The Peckham Dolehouse’ At: https://lauramaguire207blog.wordpress.com/history/ (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Manchester History (year unknown) ‘Peckham Library, London’ At: https://manchesterhistory.net/architecture/2000/peckhamlibrary.html (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Open University (2001) ‘Peckham Library and Media Centre’. At:   https://www.open.edu/openlearn/history-the-arts/history/heritage/peckham-library-and-media-centre (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Wikipedia (2020) ‘Peckham’ At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peckham (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Wikipedia (2020) ‘Peckham Arch’ At: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peckham_Arch (Accessed 01/03/2020)

Exercise 3.1 General Site Analysis (Peckham Library)

Exercise 3.1 General Site Analysis (Peckham Library)

The buildings main function is library. It also has one stop shop on ground floor providing local residents with council services. It is located on Peckham Square in South East London. It has excellent pedestrian and cycle access. The square can be accessed from all directions. The library is conveniently located very near transport links, there are plenty of bus stops in immediate vicinity (The closest one outside Mountview building).

The library is adjacent on the northside to the Mountview building, the building stands very close to the library, no more than 20 meters. Mountview has been built in recent years and thankfully it doesn’t cast a shadow on the library, it’s the library that casts a shadow on the Mountview building. I can imagine prior to Mountview’s construction there was quite a view through library’s colourful windows at the back of the building. Mountview is a multi-use building, containing drama school, theater, restaurants, leisure and cultural activities.

Fig. 1 Colourful Back of Peckham Library
Fig. 2 View from Peckham Hill Street

In front of Peckham Library there is Peckham Arch.

Fig. 3 View from Rye Lane
Fig. 4 Peckham Arch From Library Window
Fig. 5 View from One Stop Shop Entrance
Sun Path (1)
Sun Path (2)
Location within the building
Sightlines throughout the interior
Entrance locations

Reflection on the task:

I found this task interesting, especially investigating and drawing the library’s position in relation to the four cardinal directions. I normally never think where south or north is and I understand this is crucial information when designing the space, whether it is a whole building or just one of the interiors. I think the building is positioned in a great relation to the sun path, soaking the light in, reducing the need for artificial lighting. I am disappointed that the Mountview building stands where it does as it ruins the view through the back of library, that view must have been Will Alsop’s idea to encourage public take stairs and enjoy the city’s panorama while being healthier and more eco-friendly.

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Colourful Back of Peckham Library [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 2 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from Peckham Hill Street [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 3 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from Rye Lane [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A (2020) Peckham Arch From Library Window [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A (2020) View from One Stop Shop Entrance [Photograph] In possession of: the author: Epsom

Exercise 2.3: Innovative Materials

Reflection:

During this exercise I researched quite a few up and coming materials. I noticed that main drive with them was sustainability. I was aware prior to starting this course that construction industry is the biggest pollutant, so I’m pleased to see the efforts to improve. I learnt a shocking fact during my research of illuminating cement – cement is second after water most used product on earth. And I learnt that cement’s production is bad for environment due to energy consumed and the harmful substances released in the process.

I quite enjoyed getting to grips with InDesign software, it was my first go at it, and I can see it’s a brilliant program for creative work.

List of illustrations:

Fig. 1 Ceron, A. (year unknow) Microstructure of the light emitting cement [Photograph] At: http://www.cienciamx.com/images/aic/CEMENTO-EMISOR-DE-LUZ_2.jpg (Accessed 23.02.2020)

Fig. 2 Ceron, A. (year unknown) Microstructure of a Portland (commercial) cement that produces opaque bodies and light cannot be transmitted inside [Photograph] At: http://www.cienciamx.com/images/aic/800x300_1_Cemento_emisor_4.jpg (Accessed 23.02.2020)

Fig. 3 CNN.com (year unknown) Glow in the dark cement [Photograph] At:  https://edition.cnn.com/style/gallery/glow-in-the-dark-designs/index.html?gallery=%2F%2Fcdn.cnn.com%2Fcnnnext%2Fdam%2Fassets%2F160617182459-glow-in-the-dark-cement.jpg (Accessed 23.02.2020)

Fig. 4 Invdes.com (year unknown) They seek to illuminate roads with light emitting cement [Photograph] At: https://invdes.com.mx/tecnologia/buscan-iluminar-carreteras-con-cemento-emisor-de-luz/ (Accessed 23.02.2020)

Resources:

https://vsr.architonic.com/8201131/product/20087864 (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.sky-frame.com/en-us/sliding-doors/hurricane/ (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.designboom.com/product-library/ (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.dezeen.com/2019/12/29/innovative-materials-2019/ (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.buildsoft.com.au/blog/9-new-construction-materials-to-explore-in-2019 (accessed 23.02.2020)

http://bestsupportunderground.com/luminescent-cement/?lang=en (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://materialdistrict.com/article/illuminating-innovation-glow-dark-cement/ (accessed 23.02.2020)

http://www.cienciamx.com/index.php/tecnologia/materiales/3264-crean-cemento-emisor-de-luz-para-la-construccion (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/glow-hard-luminous-cement-could-light-roads-structures/ (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.megasaw.com.au/glow-in-the-dark-cement/ (23.02.2020)

https://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/exposedaggregate/glow-in-the-dark.html (accessed 23.02.2020)

https://www.giatecscientific.com/education/the-future-of-smart-cement/ (23.02.2020)

https://www.cuentamealgobueno.com/2016/06/crean-un-cemento-que-brilla-en-la-oscuridad/ (23.02.2020)

Exercise 2.2: Materials: Eye Spy! (Peckham Library)

Method

Return to the site that you visited in Part 1 and find as many examples of the materials you learned about in Exercise 2.1. Document them through sketches, photographs, notes, and/or any other means you feel is suitable – you do not need to find them all!

Fig. 1 Laminate Desk
Fig. 2 Damaged laminate desktop

Fig. 2 A bit of white laminate has chipped away, we can see why fixing laminate would be difficult as chips are irregular and exposed surface underneath them is uneven. Grainy texture and laminate edges are visible in the photo above.

Fig. 3 Laminate table

Fig. 3 – we can see the grainy texture of the white surface, and the ‘wooden’ bit beneath. I think top laminate is more scratch resistant, hence it was chosen as top layer on this table.

Fig. 4 Laminate Cabinet

Fig. 4 Laminate cabinet with what seemed to be a natural stone worktop, could but could also be HiMacs. Very smooth, with rounded edges and cold to touch. On top of worktop there’s a sticker (I’m guessing it’s a self-adhesive polymeric film)

Fig. 5 HiMacs Chair
Fig. 6 HiMacs Chair on stainless steel legs
Fig. 7 HiMacs Display Stand
Fig. 8 HiMacs Display Stand Top

Fig. 5 – Fig. 8 Show shiny, resilient surface. The chair and top of display stand – we can see that the material has been bent.

Fig. 9 Fabricated Metal
Fig. 10 Metal Cabinet

Fig. 9 – Fig. 10 Interior elements made from powder coated metal.

Fig. 11 Metal radiator cover
Fig.12 Wood and steel staircase

Solid wood steps are attached to powder coated steel understeps and structure, the bannister has stainless steel handrail and mesh wire elements.

Fig. 13 Needlefelt carpet tiles
Fig. 14 Concrete, glass, rubber

In the image above we can see a concrete step, with a glass insert and non-slip rubber strip.

Fig. 15 Concrete, glass and steel

In the image above we can see the powder coated steel support of concrete steps, with unpainted steel bolts. Glass step insert is also visible.

Fig. 16 Vinyl floor covering

Vinyl floor covering looks soft, rubbery and flexible.

Fig. 17 Green tinted glass
Fig. 18 Yellow tinted glass
Fig. 19 Weathered copper cladding
Fig. 20 Weathered copper close up

I couldn’t find any weathered steel inside but outside of Peckham library is clad in weathered copper.

Reflection on the task:

Some materials are hard to distinguish, for example himacs from laminate (countertop in Fig. 4). I thinks it’s a himacs countertop only because I couldn’t see the laminate strip edges. But am I right? Being a materials detective is a difficult task and I still need to learn loads about them. Especially about different steels and metals.

List of Illustrations:

Fig. 1 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Laminate Desk [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 2 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Damaged laminate desktop [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 3 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Laminate table [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 4 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Laminate cabinet [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 5 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) HiMacs Chair [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 6 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) HiMacs Chair on stainless steel legs [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 7 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) HiMacs Display Stand [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 8 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) HiMacs Display Stand Top [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 9 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Fabricated Metal [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 10 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Metal Cabinet [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 11 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Metal radiator cover [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 12 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Wood and steel staircase [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 13 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Needlefelt carpet tiles [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 14 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Concrete, glass, rubber [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 15 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Concrete, glass and steel [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 16 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Vinyl floor covering [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 17 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Green tinted glass [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 18 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Yellow tinted glass [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 19 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Weathered copper cladding [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Fig. 20 Shuttleworth, A. (2020) Weathered copper close up [Photograph] In possession of the author: Epsom.

Exercise 2.1: Materials: The Basics

Research the following materials:

  1. CorTen 
  2. Formica, Polyrey or Abet 
  3. HiMacs or Corian 
  4. Bolon 
  5. Kvadrat 
  6. Tektura 
  7. Havwoods UK
  8. Forbo 
  9. Lowinfo 
  10. Moz Designs 
  11. Chelsea Artisans Ltd 

1. Corten Steel

Fig. 1 Interiors Awards 2018: Lobby Repositioning

CorTen is a weathered, particular mix of steels and other alloys. The steel is made and left outside for 3-10 months. The rust formed on the outside of material forms a protective layer, so this material is popular for outdoor applications (buildings and garden) as well as indoor. The rusty layer on top requires no further treatment if left outdoors but would need to be sealed for indoor applications.

 Indoor applications include bathroom wall coverings, furniture fronts, kitchen splashbacks, wall coverings, popular in trendy office interiors. Sealed material is recommended for interiors due to leaching and staining.

You can buy Corten steel that is isn’t weathered yet (that would be suitable application for outdoor, cladding etc) or weathered for interior projects. It is supplied in flat sheets or panels, that can be plain or with laser cut outs. They vary in thicknesses and sizes. The thickness of unsealed Corten offered by www.buymetalonline.co.uk varies from 1.5mm (0.059’’) and every half mm to 6mm (0.23’’). The panel/ sheet sizes vary from 400mm x 200mm / approx. 16’’ x 8’’ (£71.85 per sq. m exc VAT for 1.5mm thickness, £154.81/ sq. m excluding VAT for 6mm thickness ) to 2500mm x 1250mm / approx. 100’’ x 50’’ (£58.48/ sq. m excluding VAT for 1.5mm thickness, £304.92 / sq. m excluding VAT for 6mm thickness).

Sealed options are available from specialist suppliers who don’t advertise their prices online.

Fixing method is attaching to a flat surface with screws.

Environmental impact:

  • Iron extraction threatens biodiversity, can cause erosion and sinkholes, harmful substances are released to the environment
  • During production process sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, and carbon monoxide pollute the atmosphere. Metal and steel industries are the biggest CO2 pollutants and highest energy users (due to high costs of upgrading to be more sustainable)
  • It is believed that water run can harm aquatic life

Structural properties: it is classed as self-protecting steel; it is weather resistant.

2. Formica – trademark name – equivalent from other makers is laminate

  • Production process – – special papers (and sometime thin sheet of metal for some commercial applications) are soaked in synthetic resin, then heated and pressed. The result is thin, hard and durable surface material (around 1.5mm, 1/16’’ thick) that is coloured, painted and finally cemented to plywood or other backing. There are many designs: wood imitations, stone imitations, just plain and others. Can be shiny or matt.
  • Interior design applications – flooring, kitchen worktops, bathroom worktop and cladding, doors, commercial kitchens, furniture. Used in education, boat interiors, hospital interiors, hospitality. Wide range of designs and uses.
  • Fixing methods – Kitchen worktops: put on top of cabinets and screw it down from below and to the wall if cabinets are not secured. Attached to the walls using adhesives.
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial). Sizes will vary depending on the project and product used. E.g. Doors will have different sizes from kitchen worktops and wall claddings, and these will be much larger that laminate floor individual planks.
  • Cost per square metre – the price varies depending on spec and finish.
    Laminate wall coverings. I looked at a few and prices per square metre were £12.78, £27.42, £58.67.
    Laminate flooring £7 – £33 / sq. m. (That’s just what I saw in my initial research, I’m sure there’re more expensive ones)
    Laminate worktops from as little £33 / sq. m.
  • Environmental impact:
    Wood fibers and paper are sustainable, resin isn’t.
    High energy consumption during production process.
    It cannot be easily fixed if damaged so that affects durability.
    Disposed at landfill, takes long time to decompose.
  • Cleaning and maintenance – easy to clean, acid, heat and alkaline (found in home) resistant
  • Finishing/ treating/ specific handling: matching edge strips should be glued on to cut, exposed edges

3. HiMacs worktops, furniture etc

• Production process – minerals and pigments are blended with acrylic and create hard, durable and resistant surface that’s thermoformable, smooth, non-porous and antibacterial. Depending on colour and thickness it can be translucent or opaque. It can be formed into any shape and create for example chairs, bars, wall cladding etc. The finished product can look like marble, concrete, granite, quartz, solid colour. It can be textured to give surfaces 3D appearance. It’s a robust material that can be worked the same way as wood.
• Interior design applications – kitchen worktops and many commercial applications, bars, restaurants, hospitals, airports. Furniture, staircases, sinks, wall claddings,
• Fixing methods – I’m assuming same as other worktops, claddings, sinks etc
• Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) will vary depending on project needs, made to order so I’m assuming sizing is flexible.
• Cost per square metre – on application only
• Environmental impact – durable material, it can be repaired which prolongs its life. Resin is not eco-friendly. According to the producer the manufacturing process is eco-friendly (using aluminium production byproduct – aluminium trihydroxide as main component, that would otherwise be discarded), and the product is recyclable at the end of life cycle.
• Cleaning and maintenance – easy to clean and requires no maintenance, scratches can be sanded down
• Finishing/ treating/ specific handling. In the kitchens protect the surface from hot dishes straight from the stove, oven, etc. It is fairly scratch resistant but shouldn’t be used as a chopping board.

4. Bolon – woven vinyl flooring and rugs

  • Production process – woven vinyl backed on fibreglass reinforced vinyl
  • Interior design applications – floor coverings
  • Fixing methods – apply to flat floor surface with adhesive designed for vinyl flooring, while ensuring full contact with adhesive
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial)
    Flooring comes in different forms either rolls (2040mm / approx. 80.25’’ wide), tiles (50x 50cm / 19.75’’ x 19.75’’) or planks (667mm / approx. 26.25’’ wide). Thickness varies from 2.5mm to 3mm
  • Cost per square metre – available on application
  • Environmental impact – the product has 15 years warranty which shows relatively long life for carpet-like floor. Recycled material in all collections, factory with own recycling facilities and powered by renewable energy, small environmental impact and low emissions – health friendly –  99% chemical free maintenance.
  • Cleaning and maintenance: should be frequently hoovered, Cleaning can be done manually with water, mild cleaning agent and scrubbing brush or by using roller brush or orbot machine.
  • Finishing/ treating/ specific handling – furniture legs should have furniture pads to protect the floor, some types of rubber may transfer onto it and are impossible to remove.
  • Structural properties – structure is naturally irregular. Continuous exposure to over 30 C will cause discoloration and other changes (not suitable with underfloor heating), water resistant

5. Kvadrat Danish design company specialising in upholstery, window coverings, rugs etc. Business branches are more specialised, Kvadrat Soft Cells – engineered acoustic panels, Kinnasand – progressive curtains. They also supply curtain hanging mechanisms and pegs and accessories such us cushions and clouds (see Fig. 2).

Fig. 2 Clouds
  • Production process, fabrics made from recycled PET bottles, recycled polyester, repurposed wool, pure wool, pure cotton, or high-tech, modern, durable materials
  • Interior design applications – curtains, upholstery, rugs, window coverings, acoustic panels
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial)
    Curtain fabrics 3000mm / approx. 118’’ high
    Upholsteries 1400mm / approx. 55’’ wide
  • Roller blind fabrics are supplied in rolls that are 30m long (30000mm / approx. 1181’’) and 3000mm / approx. 118’’ wide.
  • Cost per square metre – undisclosed
  • Environmental impact – sustainability at heart of the company, use recycled, re-purposed or eco friendly materials
  • Cleaning and maintenance – depending on the fabric
  • Structural properties: fire retardant and durable

6. Tektura – specialist in contract wall coverings and window films

Production process –
Digital commercial quality vinyl wallpaper laminated onto woven or non-woven backing

Window films – self adhesive polymeric film

  • Interior design applications – walls and windows
  • Fixing methods – like other paste the wall wallpapers with Tekfix plus adhesive, films are self adhesive
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) –
    wallpapers are printed to order, to fit any size, delivered in rolls

Window films are supplied in panels max width 1520mm (approx. 60’’)

  • Cost per square metre – undisclosed
  • Environmental impact – durable so sustainable, but at the same time non-biodegradable
  • Cleaning and maintenance: wipeable and washable with some resistance to knocks.

7. Havwoods UK – flooring (engineered wood, solid wood, reclaimed wood, composite decking, magnetic raised flooring), cladding boards (composite, cork)

  • Production process – depending on type of product above
  • Interior design applications – floors and walls, household and business applications, engineered wood flooring unlike solid wood can be applied on underfloor heating.
  • Fixing methods – mainly tongue and groove, magnetic flooring is fitted on top of raised metal platform, beneficial for businesses, easy to install and to remove to get access.
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) – flooring usually in planks. Thickness varies from 9mm (approx. 0.35’’) to 23mm (approx. 1’’). Width varies from 65mm (approx. 2.5’’) to 480mm (approx. 19’’). Lengths vary from 213mm (approx. 18.5’’) to 3000mm (approx. 118’’)
  • Cost per square metre – undisclosed
  • Environmental impact – depending on the product, I believe composite cladding will be less kind to environment than solid wood flooring, that said trees need to be cut to make it. The most environmentally friendly option seems to be reclaimed flooring. The Havwoods website mentions that cutting out old trees makes space for new trees and supports biodiversity on ground level that otherwise would be in constant shade. Also leaving dead trees to decompose contributes to CO2 emissions so cutting mature trees and planting new ones reduces CO2 emissions. Wood is also a warm material.
  • Cleaning and maintenance, easy to clean, just sweep and mop. Wood flooring can be sanded down, engineered wood flooring can be sanded down too but not as many times and how many will depend on thickness of top wood layer.
  • Finishing/ treating/ specific handling. Wood as a product can be varnished, oil treated, UV treated, brushed, fumed, stained and oiled. It is a fairly soft material and finish can help it look good for longer. When necessary wood can be sanded down to reveal fresh layer. Engineered wood, applied on underfloor heating should not be covered with thick rugs (energy efficiency and high temperature locked in by the rug may damage the boards)
  • Structural properties, depending on the product. Solid wood is what it says it is. Wood is hydroscopic (absorbs moisture) so it shrinks and expands depending on conditions around it. Engineered wood is a thin layer of hardwood glued to several layers of softwood or plywood. This creates much more stable floor surface that looks identical to solid wood, once laid.

8. Forbo – Dutch company selling flooring systems (linoleum – rolls and tiles, vinyl tiles, homogenous (single layer) and heterogeneous (multi-layer) vinyl, flotex float flooring (waterproof, washable carpet tiles, planks and sheets), regular carpet tiles, needlefelt carpet, acoustic flooring, safety flooring etc. They seem to be aiming their products at commercial customers.

  • Production process – depending on the product, there is wide range. Linoleum is made from raw natural materials, carpet tiles are made from 50% recycled content,
  • Interior design applications – floors – forbo is aiming at schools, office buildings, airports, hospitals etc
  • Fixing methods – applied to the floor, usually with an adhesive
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) – depending on the product, carpet tiles 500 x 500mm (approx. 19.75 x 19.75’’), flooring is also supplied in planks (with a ‘click’ system) available in 3 sizes and rolls.
  • Cost per square metre – undisclosed
  • Environmental impact – according to their website they are sustainable, and the product is long lasting
  • Cleaning and maintenance – washable and durable (public space applications)
  • Structural properties depending on the product, but generally soft, warm and hard wearing.

9. Kast – concrete basins, another branch of this business specialises in concrete tiles, worktops, wall cladding, furniture etc.

  • Production process – concrete is cast in desired sink shape, can be natural colour or with added tints, then polished and/ or patterned, and in the end sealed for protection.
  • Interior design applications – bathrooms, in residential and commercial premises
  • Fixing methods – to the wall or on top of under sink cabinet
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) – standard handwash basin sizes, can be custom made to fit virtually any space or requirement
  • Cost per square metre – n/a, prices for individual items are not advertised.
  • Environmental impact – concrete is not environmentally friendly; its production has a massive carbon footprint.
  • Cleaning and maintenance – easy, as with porcelain sinks.
  • Finishing/ treating/ specific handling – small hairline cracks can appear due to nature of the product; these are hardly noticeable.
  • Structural properties – strong and durable material, can be cast to virtually any shape.

10. Moz Designs – architectural, custom fabricated metal (based in USA)

• Production process. They make metal sheets, columns, walls, dividers, and custom products such as ceilings, fixtures, exterior and art. They can be smooth, perforated, corrugated, laser cut, with powder coat or patina.
• Interior design applications – as above. Their elements add interest and texture to the interiors.
• Fixing methods – depending on the product and application
• Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) – laser cut metal sheets standard size 4’ x 8’ (1219.2 x 2438.4mm)
• Cost per square metre – unavailable
• Environmental impact – metal production often emits high levels of CO2, however Moz factory is 100% solar powered and materials are domestically sourced where possible.
• Cleaning and maintenance – depending on the actual metal and finish.
• Finishing/ treating/ specific handling – come with attachments for easy fastening solutions.
• Structural properties – metal is smooth, resilient, cold to touch and is a good heat conductor.

11. Chelsea Artisans Ltd – fusion glass designs. They supply 4 product ranges: Impact resistant diamond system panels created using annealed glass (coloured, digitally printed, satin finish, silver or tinted mirror, satin finish mirror); fusion glass kiln formed (textured, patterned, monolithic or crystalline), fusion glass surface decorations (from surface etching to deep, 3 dimensional work or patterns and graphic printed onto glass through toughening, tempering process); laminated glass (either traditional PVB or EVA or other materials can be laminated withing the glass (interlayers can be in various colours and patterns and these include opaque and transparent colour, metal mesh, fabrics, digitally printed images)

  • Interior design applications -walls, doors, windows. Office buildings, homes, public spaces.
  • Fixing methods – depending on the supplied form (flat sheets or curved to radius) and where it’s going. Glass is a heavy material and will require secure fixing
  • Supplied sizes (metric and imperial) – unavailable but made to measure so I imagine any size required.
  • Cost per square metre – unavailable
  • Environmental impact – glass is fairly sustainable material made of sand
  • Cleaning and maintenance – easy to wipe clean, non staining.
  • Structural properties – cold to touch, easy to break or crack, can have sharp edges.

Reflection on the task:

I find this task really hard, mainly because it was very time consuming. I was instructed to research so many aspects of each materials and find out prices and available dimensions both in inches and millimetres. I find the imperial system not so accurate, I prefer to work in metric. I spent much more than recommended 2-3 hours since so many materials and detailed aspects were asked.

List of illustrations

Fig. 1 Gobuty, R (2018) Interiors Awards 2018: Lobby Repositioning [Photograph], At:  https://www.contractdesign.com/wp-content/uploads/aventine-A-1.jpg (Accessed 09.02.2020)

Fig. 2 Kvadrat (year unknown) Clouds | Products | Kvadrat [Photograph] At: https://kvadrat.dk/media/image-section/image-id/small/2018-kvadrat-clouds-210618-10-009-2.jpg (Accessed 09.02.2020)

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