Material Evolution Lab at SCIN Gallery, Hydrochromic tile textured. Materials design and development. Colour change reaction with moisture

ARCHITECTS@WORK London 2017: Landscape Chameleon, Water Series

Created for The Scin Gallery as part of their exhibition at the ARCHITECTS@WORK event in Kensington Olympia. A material which morphs and shifts through changes in environmental moisture levels. This tile has been designed as a reminder that we are living through shifting climate change. The icy, textured exterior depletes and ‘melts’, revealing a stark shift in the landscape of this material. It creates an immersive shifting landscape that is environmentally responsive.

Commonplace Studio: Copper Collection

Commonplace Studio is an award-winning design practice based in the Netherlands, comprised of  Jon Stam and Simon de Bakker. Their Copper Collection installation brings together everyday concepts: eating, telling the time, and daydreaming. Material Evolution Lab developed a means of mixing and applying thermochromic ink to the copper, with a highly textured finish and unique indigo colour. Being a particularly heat conductive metal, the colour change reaction is triggered by heat applied to the underside of the copper, controlled electronically to create a digital thermochromic clock.

Wonderland Magazine

Material Evolution Lab provided the till point for Wonderland’s first UK store. Located in Picadilly Circus, the store sells high-end designer products. The till point counter top needed to reflect the Wonderland quality and style of class with vibrant unusual depth, and so the concept piece Pink Shadows was created. The piece encourages customers to interact with the Wonderland store by revealing vivid hidden colours upon contact with body temperature.

Perrier-Jouët & Bompass & Parr

For Perrier-Jouët’s Fluer des Revês, a Valentines Day special event by Bompass & Parr, Material Evolution Lab facilitated the worlds’ first colour change flower public workshop. Two types of flowers were coated in liquid crystal and colour change ink, to change colour under different conditions, one to the human touch and the other to being set on fire!

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O2 Arena & CIF

An unusual project to promote the cleaning of the O2 Arena through colour-change urinals. Material Evolution Lab applied a thermochromic solid-colour coating over a base design in the back of the urinals. By sourcing ink to react to specific temperatures, developing the adhesion method, and with a protective outer coating, the final result was high-impact and designed to last for the duration of the three-month installation.


Material Evolution Lab worked with L’Oréal on their summer perfume display at House of Fraser on Oxford Street. The display required a range of coloured liquids to be perfectly matched to Pantone references, and retain its colour indefinitely without separating or leaving a sediment. Being on display in a public place meant there were restrictions on using solvent or alcohol based dyes and liquids, and so Material Evolution Lab successfully sourced alternative methods by applying cutting-edge technology.