Materiality Field Trip-Nolitan, The New Museum, Aesop, Bond Street

The Nolitan Hotel

Materials used here were concrete, mirrors, wood, laminated glass, steel, and leather upholstery.

The combination of materials used in this space created a very raw and industrial vibe. Seams in concrete pillars were used as a decorative element, and the color scheme followed mostly natural neutrals.

The use of materials created a very raw and real vibe. The space felt very cohesive and well designed while still being very interesting and intriguing, and feeling high-end but still attainable.


The use of materials here was concrete flooring, wood shelving and counters, and oxidized newspaper wall coverings.

The newspaper wall covering was flexible and very tactile. The designer installed it as newer, grey newspaper, and over time it oxidized and turned a more yellow-orange color, which matched the shade of one of the companies products. The shelves were lined up with even spacing, allowing for the products to become one of the main design elements in the space.

The overall vibe of the store was very natural and calm. It was really exciting to see the walls from a distance and it appearing to be a textured wallpaper, but then going closer and realizing it was actual newspaper stacks that could be moved around and slightly lifted. The black and white aesop product bottles really became part of the design, which I think is a really interesting and efficient way of designing a retail space. 


The materials used here were panels of prefabricated black brick masonry.

This building was very intriguing because it took something very common and found a way of altering it in a simple but exciting way. Rather than stacking bricks the standard way, this designer created diamond-shaped panels of bricks that poked outward in the middle, and tiled these panels onto the facade of the building.

This tiling mechanism creates a really edgy and eye-catching look. The facade takes on a type of movement that standard brick buildings lack, and the facade changes depending on where light hits it.

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