This autumn, Material Source will throw open the doors to its first Studio offering architects and designers an experience like no other. The brand new 15,000sqft, Manchester-based 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. And at Gresham, we’re delighted to be involved.
Set across two levels, the studio will feature a wealth of inspirational exhibits and interactive displays from Gresham, alongside 29 other leading brands operating in the materials and furniture sectors. It will host 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. Gresham will be displaying new products and inspiring visitors to learn about and specify their brand.
Material Source Studio brings together the creative acumen of Darren Clanford and the operational experience of Michael Rogan.
Darren initiated the journey 3 years ago with the co-founding of Material Source – an online magazine for architects, designers, and makers exploring a wealth of materials, products, and finished projects. Now, with a social following of over 35k, the magazine is firmly established as a staple read for the A&D community. The next logical step was to bring in the expertise of Michael to help mirror this hive of inspiration offline in order to create a holistic, paralleled digital and real-world experience.
As a partner within this new design ecosystem, Gresham aims to provide new and existing clients with a platform to learn and develop their relationship with both product and manufacturer, bringing our passion for materials and design to this vibrant new venture.
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 studio will officially open in autumn 2021, with further details being released in the coming months.