THE collective at Material matters 2022

As the official acoustic partner, The Collective presents two installations at Material Matters 2022. With every business decision made with sustainability at its core, the installations focus solely on material education and waste reduction, with all acoustic materials sourced strictly from production offcuts and items that are at end-of-life. 

Main Talks Area

In the main talks area, The Collective introduces a bespoke acoustic presentation solely using end-of-life pieces and offcuts from the manufacturing process of their core acoustic material, EchoPanel® by Woven Image. Organic shapes create an acoustic canopy of warm colours and structures, which add softness and acoustic absorption to the hard materials in the striking Oxo Bargehouse fourth-floor space. These then partner with ‘stacks’ of EchoPanel® around the stage area, which create both a visual partition and seating perches. There were no new EchoPanel® pieces used for this installation, strictly offcuts. 

EchoPanel® from Woven Image is the core acoustic material used at The Collective due to its exceptional eco-credentials. EchoPanel is the pioneer of recycled PET acoustic material. It is made from post-consumer PET bottles and has prevented 30.3 million plastic bottles from entering landfills or our oceans. EchoPanel® is patent-protected and is the market leader with its unrivalled sustainability credentials. The Collective are the UK exclusive distributor for Woven Image. 

by Ravensbourne University London and The Collective

In support of the future generation of designers, The Collective has partnered with Ravensbourne University London since 2021. Providing design mentoring and project support, The Collective regularly supplies students with EchoPanel® offcuts for material exploration and learning and to facilitate the re-use of waste material. ‘How to live and breathe sustainable design’ presents a selection of works from a Year 1 ‘BA Product Design’ project focusing on material exploration, sustainable learning and responsibility. The students’ brief was to design a new product from EchoPanel® offcut waste material, the pioneer of recycled PET. Using a material-led design approach, the students researched extensively by exploring and manipulating EchoPanel® to understand its properties and characteristics. The students immersed themselves in the material and its capabilities, pushing the boundaries through cutting, shredding and even laminating.

Presenting the following works:
– La Silenciosa by Marta Manzano Brogeras
– Echo H by Euan Ferguson
– Peace Pod by Rose Lwin
– Flo Glo by Jakob Timerdahl
– Memory Card Game by Allysso Zagorianakou

Each solution celebrated the re-use of the material resulting in viable concepts and iterative prototypes for EchoPanel® while appreciating the enormous responsibilities a designer has in the materials they specify. The Collective are proud to support the future generation of designers. We congratulate Euan Ferguson, who won a two-week internship in the design department at The Collective due to his extensive investigation and understanding of the core material during this project. We thank Euan for his contribution to the Material Matters installation by The Collective.


Material Matters is delighted to announce Dezeen is a media partner for the inaugural edition of the fair, taking place during the London Design Festival 2022. 

Dezeen is the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, with over three million monthly readers and a combined social media audience of over 6.5 million.


Material Matters 2022 is pleased to be part of the Bankside Design District. 

Bankside Design District returns this year as part of London Design Festival 2022. Bankside is one of London’s most creative and cultural districts. It is a place with a rich industrial heritage and home to world-famous destination brands such as Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe and Borough Market, making it one of the most visited districts in London and an area of landmark commercial and residential developments.

For LDF 2022, Bankside celebrates the area’s thriving creative and design industries, so expect a packed programme of events showcasing the very best in design, craft and innovation from sustainable public realm activations, gobo light installations and craft exhibitions. Don’t miss the newly redeveloped Hope Exchange celebrating the area’s LGBTQ+ community, and the Shakespeare Art Trail marking 25 years of Shakespeare’s Globe.

wood awards unveils 2022 shortlist 

We’re delighted that the Wood Awards will be displaying this year’s shortlist at gallery@oxo, effectively acting as the gateway to Material Mattesr itself. The scheme, which was established in 1971 and is split into two main categories, Buildings and Furniture & Product, is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in wood. It recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding wood design, craftsmanship and installation. In other words, it’s the perfect thing to be showing at Material Matters.

Projects to look out for include: the Abba Arena by Stufish, Stage One, and Xylotek and The Water Tower, designed by Tonkin Liu, as well as the MIgo chair by Pascal Hien and furniture for 2 Bessborough Street by Mentsen.

But don’t take our word for it. Come and see the full shortlist for yourself when the installation opens from 22-25 September.


Material Matters is pleased to announce STIR as a media partner for the 2022 edition of the fair, which takes place during the London Design Festival. 

STIR is a global organisation fostering creativity in the fields of architecture, design and new media art. is a digital publication for knowledge creation and dissemination across the world of architecture, design and new media art. It is a platform that connects industry to professionals; a medium that enables collaboration between professionals and allied industry; a destination that engages the community in dialogues, debates and discourses.


Oxo Tower Wharf

The inaugural edition of Material Matters takes place at Bargehouse, one of the exhibition venues at Oxo Tower Wharf, an award-winning, landmark design destination situated on London’s South Bank, owned and managed by local social enterprise Coin Street. It is home to some of the UK’s most innovative and internationally renowned contemporary designers, restaurants, cafes, bars and gallery@oxo, where the Wood Awards will be unveiling its 2022 shortlist. 

Oxo Tower Wharf will have a jam-packed and thrilling programme of events planned across its galleries and its talented designer-maker community. It will have various workshops and exhibitions hosted by its creative designer-makers in their studios, along with brand new pop-ups dotted around Oxo Tower Wharf. The programme of events includes art installations, jewellery exhibitions, leathercraft workshops and a book launch. Visit their website for full details.