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Colab launches the region’s first digital materials library

05 Aug. 2021

Colab.digital aims to provide material inspiration and serve as a one-stop solution for material sourcing. Colab joins as Bronze Sponsor for the INDEX Design Awards ceremony, happening on 31st August at the Ritz-Carlton DIFC.

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Given the technology that exists to help us continue working and learning online, Colab.digital aims to host more than 1,000 materials from across the world.

Colab, the first purpose-built material library in the UAE based in Dubai Design District (d3), has announced the launch of Colab.digital, the region’s first digital materials library, which will enable specifiers to learn about new materials and connect with suppliers. Designed exclusively for interior designers, architects, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals, the platform is an online database of both commercially available materials and cutting-edge innovative materials. The aim is to allow users an opportunity to learn about materials and their applications and have the option to then contact suppliers directly.

Embracing the digital era, Colab.digital is an extension to the physical material library in d3 and aims to educate and inspire the design and build community by expanding their material palette and highlighting ways in which they could work with new materials, all online and from the comfort of their offices or homes. The platform is free to access but professionals need to sign up and log in with their verified credentials in order to learn more or contact suppliers. Not only will Colab.digital streamline communication between specifiers and suppliers, but it will also throw the spotlight on some of the most innovative materials from
all corners of the globe.

The world’s first Carbon tile made from air pollution; Sea Stone - a sustainable material made from wasted seashells; PineSkins - a versatile, leather-like material made from the inner bark of pine trees; a sustainable construction board material made from a combination of enzymes and cellulose taken from the waste streams of paper production; and unique recycled leather obtained from industrial glove off-cuts are some of the materials listed on Colab.digital. Users are encouraged to search for materials online and then visit Colab to view samples. Colab will also be distributing a sample box of materials to interior design and architectural firms in the UAE in the first week of September.

“The global pandemic has made the digital future a reality for millions across the world. Given the technology that exists to help us continue working and learning online, Colab.digital aims to host more than 1,000 materials from across the world. All materials will be indexed and cross-referenced making it easy for users to search for materials. The platform will also highlight material news, projects featuring the use of innovative materials and new ways of working with materials. Building on our physical material library in d3, Colab.digital aims to provide material inspiration for users and a one-stop solution for your material sourcing needs,” concluded Richard Wilson, Creative Director & Founder at Colab.

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ABOUT COLAB

Colab is the first purpose-built material library in the UAE. Located in Building 1b, Dubai Design District (d3), Colab is a social business venture that functions primarily as a material library and inspiration and learning center. The space aims to elevate design across the region by offering a platform to showcase the latest materials and design trends from across the globe whilst highlighting excellence in regional design as well. It also serves as a gallery, event and activation space, and networking hub in its bid to bring the entire creative community together.

Colab is Bronze Sponsor for the INDEX Design Awards ceremony, 31st August at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC. The next INDEX Dubai exhibition will take place 24-26 May 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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