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Materials and Products Collection

Explore the vast range of materials and textiles held as part of our special Materials and Products collection

Materials samples

Plastic: 100% recycled and recyclable plastic sheets

Plastic: 100% recycled and recyclable plastic sheets

Sustainable solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable

Surface material made from 100% recycled plastic

Sustainable solid surface material which contains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable

Architectural laminated bronze

Isohemp: insulation - carbon neutral hemp block

Bio Flex: natural fibre hemp insulation

MORTEX: mineral coating with concrete effect

Terrazzo coating

Hemspan Bio Board: natural fibre hemp insulation

Natural moss for internal wall cladding

HempWood: carbon-negative hemp fibre wood

Acoustic insulation that relies on the up-cycling of single-used plastic bottles

Terrazzo coating

Anodized architectural titanium

Stone tile

Biocomposites: recycled shell from the fishing industry, plastic waste and coat hangers

Glass with metal mesh

Stone tile

Recycled and repurposed acrylic

Natural moss for internal wall cladding

Tiles: earthenware clay, natural iron sludge and high glossy transparent glaze

Terrazzo coating

Acoustic insulation that relies on the up-cycling of single-used plastic bottles

Modular wall panel made from 100% recycled and recyclable material

Eggshell ceramic

Jute Tiles: industrial waste, jute and gypsum plaster

Table-mats: made of inner bark of pine trees

Natural moss for internal wall cladding

Biocomposite: orange peel, pine needles, reed, local organic waste, renewable materials and binders made of nature’s starches and resins

Stone tile

Natural moss for internal wall cladding

Biodegradable seaweed and plants packaging, paper and plastic

Graphene sheet

Mycelium: 100% sustainable mushroom material for packaging, building material and interior design items

Tree-free, eco-friendly and sustainable paper and stationery products made from elephant, donkey, horse and cow poo

Sappi Symbio is a new natural composite material combining high quality cellulose from wood and thermoplastics

Premium and durable surface material made from paper

Handmade ceramics from broken pieces of ceramics and stoneware clay

Mycelium: 100% sustainable mushroom material for packaging, building material and interior design items

Premium and durable surface material made from paper

Malai is a newly developed material made from entirely organic and sustainable bacterial cellulose, grown on agricultural waste sourced from the coconut industry in Southern India

Premium and durable surface material made from paper

Ocragela is made of ochre, gelatin, glycerine, water, and is fully biodegradable. Created by conceptual & material designer Soowon Chae / 채수원

Pomace material created from the juice press residues industry

How to find samples of a particular product or material

Use the Collection list page to see our holdings.

If on campus, use the labelled pc in the Materials & Products Room (CM3N-03) to find the shelf location of a particular material. Or simply browse.

Beyond the List, you can log in to Construction Information Service (CIS).

On the IHS homepage select Construction Information Service to search for articles and regulations relating to a material or product.

Knowledge Workspace helps you search for suppliers of a material or product. Use the Classifications tab to narrow down your search for suppliers.

You can also use Architonic and NBS Knowledge or NBS Source to search for products and suppliers.

New, interesting, and inspirational material

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A materials catalogue that features a variety of building materials and products. It's a curated selection of products that can be useful for design inspiration.

Since 1948, American Supply has conceived, developed and produced a range of more than 10,000 materials that are renowned for their originality and personality. American Supply is now present on 3 continents and recognised for its Creativity, Technical Expertise and Global Logistics by some of the most demanding customers in the luxury sector.

Provides a range of courses and resources, including information on materials and products. It's a valuable source for continuing education in the field.

Provides a comprehensive database of building products, materials, and manufacturers. It allows users to explore materials based on project types and specific product categories.

University College London
The Materials Library is a collection of some of the most wondrous materials on earth, gathered from sheds, labs, grottoes and repositories around the world. It is a resource, laboratory, studio, and playground for the curious and material-minded to conduct hands-on research through truly interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation. The collection is accessible to Institute of Making members day to day, and to the public at Materials Library Discovery sessions.

A digital platform that allows users to search and sample materials from various manufacturers. It streamlines the material selection process for architects and designers.

  • Material District
    As the world’s leading network in the field of innovative materials, MaterialDistrict empowers global innovation by match-making material needs with material solutions.
    Registration required - registering is free.
  • MaterialDriven

Serving as the interface between makers and manufacturers of innovative, sustainable materials and their strategic applications. With a curated range of 300+ materials in the collection, their expertise lies in locating and sourcing innovative materials, as well as understanding their applications, and impact across industries.

A global materials consultancy that offers a vast library of innovative and sustainable materials. It's a valuable resource for staying updated on the latest material trends.

  • Material Lab
    Architectural and design resource studio in London where people can explore and be inspired by materials such as ceramics, glass, wallpaper, wood, carpet tiles, eco-resins and fabrics.
  • Sweets

A building product database that includes information on materials, products, and manufacturers. It is a comprehensive resource for architects, engineers, and designers.

A catalogue of materials that redefines our physical environment.

Introduction to the collection

The Library’s Materials & Products Collection is a superb assemblage of materials samples including concrete, ceramics, textiles, glass, paper and metals. To support our transition to an ethical future, we are now focused on circular materials and collecting bio-composites and biomaterials: salvaged, sustainable, recycled, recyclable, reclaimed, repurposed, reused, rethink!

The purpose of the collection is to inspire students, to provide them with a tactile experience on a variety of textures and shapes, and to inform them of the latest developments in materials technology. It is a challenging and interesting time in the materials sphere with so many amazing products being explored and developed worldwide.

Using the collection

All students are welcome to browse the collection in the Materials and Products room on the third floor of the Aldgate Library. The collection can be accessed by all London Met students and staff and is open for self-service browsing when the library is open, you do not need to book to view the collections. You can interact with the samples and take pictures, but the materials are reference only so cannot leave the library.

The samples are shelved using a classification system based on CI/SfB, a system used for the classification of materials and products.

If you know what type of material you want to use for your design project and would like to see some samples of it, you will need to search the Materials and Products Collection List available online and on the computer located in the same room (no login required).  There is also a printed booklet version in the room.