What is the Material Lab

material lab

The Material Lab is an open access work space for material research that has been built in conjunction with the OD&M project and operates an open design methodology. The bookable lab provides a messy space for experiments that don’t suit a kitchen or studio environment. Our material lab is for strictly non-toxic material exploration that is pushing to tackle issues of sustainability and limited resources.

Quick link: Online booking

How to become a Material Lab Member

To be able to use the material lab you must first become a material lab member. Membership means that you can book sessions to use the material lab and it’s facilities.

To become a member please fill in our membership form – pay as you go membership starts from £48 per month and permanent membership starts from £150 per month.

Once you have filled in the form we will invite you to come and see the lab, and organise a 30min compulsory induction to the space.

A member of the team will walk you through the lab, explain the booking system, induct you on available equipment, run through the lab code of conduct and terms of use and health and safety.
This will also include some time to discuss your project/research with the team to gain some feedback and discuss possible ideas and any help they may be able to offer.

The Material Lab has 3 work spaces:

Bench 1:

Stainless steal workbench with access to 4 plug sockets. Heating and electrical appliances may be used at this bench.
This bench comes with the following equipment:
Mixing bowl, large pan, small sieve, small mould tray, 600ml measuring jug, 50ml measuring cup, large plastic container, small plastic container, large knife, wooden spoon, wooden spatula, teaspoon, medium spoon, lab spoon, glass stirring rod, cutting mat

Bench 2:

Stainless steal workbench with access to 4 plug sockets. Heating and electrical appliances may be used at this bench.
This bench comes with the following equipment:
Mixing bowl, small pan, small sieve, small mould tray, 600ml measuring jug, 50ml measuring cup, large plastic container, small plastic container, small knife, wooden spoon, wooden spatula, teaspoon, medium spoon, lab spoon, glass stirring rod, cutting mat

Prep Bench:

Stainless steal workbench in the wet area of the lab. This bench has immediate access to the sinks and is more ideal for messy work that doesn’t require any access to electricity (there are no plug sockets for this bench)

Practical info

Opening hours
Monday – Friday
10am – 5pm

Sessions
Morning session 10am – 1pm
Afternoon session 2pm – 5pm

Membership
Access bookable material lab sessions
Small storage space for ingredients/ equipment etc
Free access to monthly #openhouse events
Access to our Material Library
Inclusion of your samples in our Material Library (subject to assessment) – showcasing your work directly to industry
Profile on our Material Lab/Library webpage
Access to hot desking during your booked session (subject to availability)

Induction
30 mins

Material Lab – terms of use
Material Lab banned substances