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Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower
One week after a west London 24-storey tower block erupted into flames in the deadliest fire in Britain for over a century, the controversial use of the “sandwich panel” cladding which encased Grenfell Tower remains at the hea
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Material Monday: Bagasse
Seetal Solanki from Ma-tt-er recently wrote about sugar as a material source and this week she will be discussing the potential of a biodegradable food packaging solution that is made from sugarcane fibre waste called bagasse, whi
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Material Monday: Plastic Joinery
The amount of plastic waste we are facing worldwide is insurmountable right now. This week Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses the way in which plastic waste can provide a more useful function.   Plastic as a material can ta
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Material Monday: Human Hair
Traditionally hair is a substance we want to remove from our bodies but have remain on our heads. A sign of ageing perhaps but also a considerably strong renewable material source. This week Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er discusses th
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Material Monday: Soft Steel
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 transform
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Material Monday: E-waste
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
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Material Monday: Marble Dust
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 recen
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Material Monday: Basalt
This week our regular contributor Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er will be exploring basalt as a material and its many variations. Basalt is a geological igneous rock that is now being used as a textile which has a very high thermal sta
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Textiles are for girls, materials are for boys.
An article written for It’s Nice That’s focus on International Women’s Day. Seetal Solanki is founder of materials research consultancy Ma-tt-er, where she works on design projects of all kinds, bringing expertis
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Inside/Out RCA
06-03-2017

Inside/Out RCA

How can we adopt a more universal way of working with materials across multiple sectors? Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director of Ma-tt-er, will be discussing the many ways in which materials can help shape our future by consideri
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Material Monday: Paper
This week for Material Monday we will be focusing on the innovative uses of paper as a material brought to you by our regular contributor Seetal Solanki of Ma-tt-er. According to Wikipedia “Paper is a thin material produced by p
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Transformation 2: Future Making
Friday the 17th of February is second event exploring the theme of TRANSFORMATION, exploring ways of making and knowing that thrive on natural processes, ancient methods and modern technologies. When we make we transform materials
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