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Arrow Top Custom materials.
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Arrow Top Holt Renfrew by Jeffrey Hutchinson.
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Arrow Top Custom Terrazzo HIPS material.
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Arrow Top Custom Terrazzo. Imagery by Kristy Noble.
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Arrow Top Ace at Bluebird for Jigsaw.
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Arrow Top Christmas Tinsel for Selfridges.

CUSTOM MATERIAL

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Custom material development is what we get most excited about at Smile Plastics. It mixes together our in-house expertise and your vision to create a material that is uniquely distinct. Its direction can focus on one or several themes:

1. Aesthetics
2. Material source
3. Application
4. Format

Working with our Material Designers, we can help you produce a material to meet your project requirements. We go through a sampling process together, so you can check every element of your design before the final production run.

Feeling inspired? Discover our Custom materials projects in our Lookbook or scroll on for more insight into the different material themes available.

Aesthetics
Material Development

Whilst there are some constraints in the visual language and patterns that we can produce with our raw materials and unique processes, there is real freedom to play with colours, patterns and styles based on your mood board.

You may be after some tweaks to a current or previous edition of a Smile Plastics material, or want to develop more complex patterns that evolve across multiple sheets for a larger-scale installation.

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Arrow Top Space 10 x Open Desk. Monochrome Custom materials.
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Arrow Top Green colour washed Alba-style material, University of the Arts London.

Material source
Development

We can work with various thermoplastics, papers, organic materials and memorabilia to create encapsulated or fully integrated materials. We’re happy to review any input materials you’d like us to use for a one-off sheet right the way through to a large scale rollout of panels from your waste.

Originating materials we have worked with include CDs, banknotes, wellies, electric cabling, Christmas decorations, toys, papers, plastic straws, wood shavings, coffee grounds, foliage, and marine litter. Note, we can’t work with heavily contaminated waste or metals.

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Arrow Top Christmas Tinsel, Selfridges.
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Arrow Top ‘Electicity - The spark of life’ Wellcome Collection, image by Michael Bowles.

Application Material
Development

We can look at developing materials that have mechanical or technical performance requirements better suited to your project than our Classics materials.
This could include material flexibility, UV, weather or fire performance criteria.

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Arrow Top Studio INI installation, Somerset House.
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Arrow Top Studio INI installation, Somerset House.

Format Development

Our standard thickness formats are 5, 12, and 20mm but we are able to supply other thicknesses on request. Contact us for more details.

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Arrow Top A collection of our standard and custom thickness formats.
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Arrow Top A cross-section showcasing 2.5mm Grey Mist material and 32mm Alba material.

Ready to start your Custom project?

Find out how we can help you develop your ideas

View our Classics Collection

Charcoal

Charcoal

Kaleido

Kaleido

Grey Mist

Grey Mist

Coral Dapple – Limited Edition

Coral Dapple – Limited Edition

Black Dapple

Black Dapple

Ocean

Ocean

Blue Dapple

Blue Dapple

Alba

Alba