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Tactility Factory’s NEW CEO


Our New CEO, Corin Hawthorne, landed running in his new role…. so much so that we haven’t had time to make this official announcement!

Corin has over 20 years experience working at the top end of interior fit-out, working on large high specification projects, Prime & Superprime homes, and cruise ship interiors internationally.

Notable projects include: One Hyde Park, Disneyland Paris, McLaren Technology Centre, Harrods, Selfridges, The Knightsbridge, London Hilton Metropole, The Scottish Parliament, and Intercontinental Hotel Park Lane.

So Corin’s knowledge and expertise is EXACTLY what Tactility Factory needs and we look forward to a bright, energetic, dynamic future.

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US Patent : ‘a notice of allowance’


Good News for TF: we obtained ‘a notice of allowance’  (end of March 2014) to obtain a US patent for the technology we developed and use in Tactility Factory.

‘Notice of allowance’ means once we pay the prerequisite fees (!) we will receive a US patent.

The process of patenting the technology began in Feb 2009 so that’s over 5years to bring it to this stage. That’s a long time! but it’s a significant marker for Tactility Factory founders to obtain a US patent!


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Investment and Tetrahedrons

On Feb 6th we announced ‘the successful completion of an investment from the University of Ulster Innovation Fund and Queen’s University Belfast Innovation Fund.’ 

That investment will allow us to move to new premises (still within Weavers’ Court) and bring on new staff!

We’ll be moving into a large production shed and at its heart we will place a new office space – triangular in plan with a tetrahedron roof.

By the end of the summer we are hoping to have compiled a list entitled  ’10 reasons to work under a tetrahedron’

TF, as ever, setting new trends…..

with of course the help of Terry Design

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TF will be featured in a 20 x 20second long pechakucha- style presentation by Ruth Morrow at this year’s Surface Design Show, London

For more details click here

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TF Seeking CEO

Tactility Factory is seeking to appoint a talented Chief Executive Officer


The role requires a highly commercial senior executive with experience and knowledge of selling high value products to the interior design industry.  The person must demonstrate the ability to build relationships within interior designers and influential architectural practices who are focused on high quality fit out in commercial premises, exclusive private dwellings and the high end hotel sectors.  The successful candidate will work closely with the shareholders of the business to realise the very significant potential of this small but very exciting company.

Tactility Factory is currently a small Company that has been venture backed to support its growth trajectory. We are looking for an ambitious person able to take this small but enterprising business to its full potential. A hands on approach would be valuable.

The role offers a very competitive salary, and, when success is demonstrated, potential equity participation.

For further information or to apply please contact  or call 02890725750

Closing date for expressions of interest 6th January 2014.

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Changing Lives


Tactility Factory’s work is featured in Queen’s University Belfast Exhibition
‘Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject’
Tuesday, 12th November to Friday, 29th November (closed Mondays), Naughton Gallery at Queen’s in association with the Communications and External Affairs Office.
‘Changing Lives: Our Specialist Subject shines a spotlight on the work of staff from across Queen’s whose impact on our world is both exciting and inspiring. The exhibition is a blend of visually stunning images as featured in the DNA of Innovation and Together we can go Beyond publications, alongside exhibits that showcase the work of Queen’s leading researchers,
and a striking display of some of the national and international awards won by staff from Queen’s Directorates and Schools.’


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Textile Architecture Event, Dublin


Trish is speaking tomorrow at an RIAI evening seminar in Dublin on ‘Textile Architecture”

The event launches the Print Block, Exhibition. Print Block is Dublin’s textile print collective and it presents its site specific textile works for the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), at No. 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from 5-18 November 2013

The exhibition is free to the public and opens during Ireland’s annual design celebration, Design Week, on 5 November 2013.

The evening talks tomorrow on the 5th November will explore the synergy between textiles and buildings. So makes sense for TF to be present, amongst:

Angela Rolfe, Assistant Principal Architect, Office of Public Works, will speak on architect Raymond McGrath’s Decorative Designs.

Liz Nilsson, a Swedish born textile artist, designer and co-founder of Print Block, will explore Sweden’s rich tradition of textiles in the public space – from historic examples to recent textile projects for public buildings.

Trish Belford will discuss Tactility Factory, an innovative, award-winning company initiated by the collaborative practice of Trish Belford (textiles) and Ruth Morrow (architecture).

Olga Tiernan, co-founder of Print Block, will give a brief presentation on Print Block and its innovative practice to date.

Good luck to all speaking.



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Dame Mary Peters and Tactility Factory


Our admiration of Dame Mary Peters know no bounds -see here and now blog post

At a reception NISP hosted last night (Wed 9th Oct 2013 ) Tactility Factory was presented to the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Dame Mary Peters, and her Deputy Lieutenants at Titanic Dock & Pump House.

The aim of the evening was ‘to showcase to the Deputy Lieutenants and other invited guests the innovative technology happening in NI at present.’

BTW – for those who don’t know who Dame Mary Peters is (shame on you!) she is the one on the left – beside Trish

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Tactility Factory samples for BRE


BRE are running a conference tomorrow and the next day:

– INSITE13 – Building for People, 2-3 October, BRE Watford: A two day conference and exhibition to help provide the buildings, environments and technologies that people and communities want and can use

So they have just put the finishing touches to their innovation display which includes a large ‘BRE’ panel and some other samples (including velvet concrete and crystal bead concrete) from Tactility Factory.

Please tweet us if you are one of the 400+ visitors they are expecting and if you get to touch the Tactility Factory panels / samples over the 2 day conference.  Tweet: at Tact_Fact

Thanks again to BRE Ventures!

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shipping large packages


Today saw a large shipment leave the Tactility Factory workshop bound for a journey across the ocean.

The one thing wonderful to witness is a forklift delicately manoeuvring large 1 ton boxes through an opening smaller than the boxes themselves. A fine art indeed!


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