Material Study

1. 3M™ ESR (Enhanced Specular Reflective) Film Laminated on PVC. 

It is significantly more reflective than silver mirror, four feet wide and nearly infinitely long. It makes a wall finish that risks appearing slightly disco but we believe in it.


2. 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes – Fine Wood (Japanese Catalogue pages) 

It is a film that can become almost anything from a distance. The book is open to one of the many wood sample sheets. In Japan, you find the stuff everywhere. There it is applied so perfectly that it feels quite ‘real.’


3-4. 3M™ Stamark™ High Performance All Weather Pavement Marking Tape Series 380AW 

This tape glows brilliantly when ones eye is aligned with the light source. When the eye and light source are not aligned a soft texture appears. Normally it is used in thin stripes but it can also cover the whole floor.


5. 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Reflective Sheeting Series 4000 

This film comes with an adhesive back on huge rolls. It can be placed on any wall in any shape to draw the eye.


6. Small Tower Design 

This is a structural study model for a series of works in collaboration with the artist Toshihiko Mitsuya.


7. Vikuiti™ Skived Light Control Film (Skived LCF) 

It is a film that certain devices use to enhance their brightness. It draws the ambient light and sends it back to your eye. It is a beautiful curtain material. When it hangs free it feels neither wholly natural nor wholly artificial.


 8. 3M™ Chrome Graphic Film 3635-110 

It is a completely scratch resistant film that creates a soft reflection.


9. Perforated 3M™ Polyester Protective Tape 1675C 

Normally, it is just for protecting another perforated material such as the advertising on buses. When peeled off it becomes a delicate scrim. It will provide a divider.


10. 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG³ Fluorescent Reflective Sheeting 

Nearly indestructible signage material. This is what highway signs are made from. On micro level it is a series of 90 degree angles that bounce the light back to its source regardless of the angle.


11. 3M™ Trizact™ Diamond Cloth 663FC 

One of many beautiful colors with varying technical surfaces that unintentionally appears to glitter slightly.


12. 3M™ ESR (Enhanced Specular Reflective) film laminated with Thinsulate™ Acoustic Insulation — Automotive OEM 

Soft on one side and reflective on the other, it is available in various thicknesses and addresses all kinds of vibrations.


13. 3M™ Scotchcal™ ElectroCut™ Graphic Film 7725SE-405 Fluorescent Orange 

Something that actually fades nicely. It makes one value the fluorescence all the more. It is simply a very bright thing.


14. 3M™ Stikit™ Gold Disc Roll, 6 inch, P400 grit, 01203 

This abrasive feels soft and comes in vivid (but oddly subtle) colors. Like much of the materials here we can imagine that it can be cut into signage. It could used to write messages on the wall.


15. 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Film 162-10 White 

This is a non-slip printable flooring (or wall, or whatever extremely durable surface one needs to place an image on.)


16. Lammella Room Design 

A model for the shading system within a new pavilion on the 3M campus. This is part of the project that generated all of this material wealth.

17. 3M™ Translucent ElectroCut™ Graphic Film 7725SE-405 Fluorescent stripes 

A material that is both very bright in its own right but also allows light to pass through. It may be too pop for our uses.


18. 3M™ ESR (Enhanced Specular Reflective) film laminated on a mirror. 

Used to compare the extreme reflectivity of the ESR and standard mirror. The ESR always appears brighter but the glue models the texture, making the mirror seems soft. It can cover the largest of walls, and in so doing bring the outside in.


19. Vikuiti™ Dual Brightness Enhancement Film—Diffuse (DBEF-D600) 

Because of the polarizer the reflection takes on soft colors. In certain light it feels completely transparent and at other times completely opaque.


20. Aluminium foil, thickness: 0.02mm without anodization 

Here the foil replaces leather on a Mart Stam armchair.


In collaboration with: Peter Ebner and Friends