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Solus: James Halliday on how materials shape positive experiences

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December 2022

Our Associate James Halliday was invited by Solus to discuss the intersection of materials and wellbeing with a group of industry experts as part of London Design Festival.

“Sometimes the aging process of materials is viewed as a bad thing, but materials can age very beautifully, becoming more beautiful over time. How metals patinate, leather wears, and timber floors gain character over time are all things that we think about. For the ironmongery in our offices, we used unlacquered brass on the handles. This was a conscious choice as the building we were designing, in Brixton, is a building that celebrates history, celebrates change. Our concept was to strip back the layers of history but as the brass has changed colour they seem to have settled into their environment and become part of the fabric of the building.”

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