What materials do you like to work with the most and how do you use them in new and unexpected ways?
Adriana Hanna: As designers in the current climate, we are increasingly conscious of the embodied energy in the products and materials we nominate. We aim to ensure that they are either local or have purpose and function rather than ornament. We tend to look for honest and imperfect materials with nuance and depth that become richer with age and use. Materials that have an absence of transient fashions.
As a practice we have a reliable repository of go-to materials that we have been using for years: brick, render, travertine, local timbers, slate, Japanese tiles, and Laminex. Recently we were engaged by Laminex to collaborate on a series of spaces to demonstrate the versatility of the material. As with every project, our approach was to create something individual and authentic. In order to do this, we research and communicate with our suppliers, builders and craftspeople to learn how we can extend a materials use. These relationships with our local suppliers and contractors are invaluable to our design process.