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We’re partnering with a new world class hub for architects and designers in Manchester

Posted on the 12/07/2021 by Karndean Designflooring

We are excited to reveal our partnership with Material Source as it looks to throw open the doors to its first studio in Manchester this autumn. We will be one of an exclusive collection of materials and furniture brands featured as part of the new Material Source Studio located in Manchester’s regenerated NOMA scheme. 

Designed to offer architects and interior designers an experience like no other, the brand new 15,000sqft design destination will allow visitors from across the north west and beyond to fully immerse themselves in ‘beautifully useful’ products and materials, while becoming part of a likeminded creative community.  

Fleur Carson, commercial sales director of Karndean Designflooring, said: “Having recently defined our own commercial vision inspired by ‘design as an endless journey’, we are delighted to be involved with Material Source Studio from conception. 

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show our support to architects and designers looking to champion materials that contribute to a green build environment. 

“As well as sharing the same passion for materials, we also look to provide inspiration and empower a sense of possibility, and that’s why we are excited to see the studio come to life.”  

Having co-founded Material Source – a successful online magazine for architects and interior designers in 2018, Darren Clanford and Michael Rogan plan to mirror the same hive of inspiration offline in order to create a holistic, paralleled digital and real-world experience. 

Darren explains this was the next logical step forward. “When it came to launching the next phase of ‘Material Source’, Michael and I knew immediately that our first site had to be in Manchester,” says Darren Clanford, co-founder & creative director of Material Source. 

“As well as a thriving A&D community, the city itself has undergone such a massive transformation over the last couple of years, and now finds itself on a larger international stage than ever before.

From influencing global cultural icons in the art, music and fashion industries, to producing 25 Nobel Prize winners, Manchester has an incomparable irreverent confidence that we want to harness. The people here are open to the ‘new’, and so we were assured that our concept would be well received.”

We will take our place alongside 29 other recognised brands within the studio. Visitors to Material Source Studio can expect a monthly ‘maker in residence’ – providing a platform for emerging local talent – a CPD area, a 100-seat theatre space, numerous meeting areas for seminars from industry experts and a podcast studio. The space is enhanced further with various internal gardens connecting both floors.

Accessibility was a key consideration from the start. The studio will be accessible for everyone while being fully Covid secure in line with the current Government guidelines. 

The Material Source Studio will officially open in autumn 2021, with further details being released in the coming months.  

Follow @materialsource and @karndeancommercialuk on Instagram for more details coming soon.