Times behind and ahead


This last week has been interesting – many good conversations and lots of interest at Ecobuild and from the folk at Chelsea School of Art and Design- Plus recent fire ratings have come back very positive.

We were also delighted that MYB announced our collaboration via their beautiful ezine

and of course on a week that ended with International Women’s day TF adds our support and a ‘shout-out’ to the newly formed LadyStone Facebook Community

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Here and Now (update)

TF is one of the 14 NI Companies to be featured in the ‘Hear and Now’ Showcase (See Press Release below for further details) at the The Innovation Centre, NI Science Park, Queens Island, Belfast.

TF were present at today’s launch in the Titanic Pump-House and delighted to meet HRH Prince Andrew and Dame Mary Peter.

Press Release

The Here and Now: Innovation in Northern Ireland
A showcase of how we earn our global living from innovation

‘The Here And Now: Innovation in Northern Ireland’ is an image-based showcase of some of the technological genius that’s happening at this very moment throughout the region.

It proves that when we in Northern Ireland put our minds to it, we can compete with international innovators by accessing a rich tradition of creative curiosity and inventive spirit that lives on to this day.

The Here And Now is a celebration of that genius, as well as a demonstration of how our world class talent is creating wealth and profit on a global scale.

The showcase will be based in the Titanic Pump-House on the Science Park campus, but will have an important digital dimension and travel easily to create widespread awareness of NI’s new industrial vitality. It will raise the profile of key innovations and highlight the progress local companies are making right here and right now in turning research into world-class commercial products and services.

The concept for ‘The Here and Now’ grew from the success of the first Festival of Innovation, run by Northern Ireland Science Park as part of the Annual 25K Awards in September 2012, and to mark the first meeting of the Royal and Irish Academies of Engineering under Presidents Sir John Parker GBE and Anthony Barry.

The Festival concluded with an Exhibition of Innovation by some 25 leading local companies in the medical devices, financial software and advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors. Each showcased their innovative and world-class services and products.

It gave visiting Fellows, academics, government officials and, most importantly of all, students and teachers from NI schools and colleges, an opportunity to see the range of exciting technological developments which are happening in NI.

The Festival of Innovation will become a regular event every September, but the Northern Ireland Science Park Trust recognised the need for an accessible, stand alone and permanent showcase.

“Today is the beginning of our journey, the genesis of an idea,” said Joanne Stuart of NISP Trust. “We want The Here And Now to become part of everybody’s journey, and we are asking for innovative ideas or stories that will make it an engaging and compelling collection of everything that is truly brilliant about the science and technology being developed right here, right now.”
Phase 2 of the project is to develop the digital dimension along with an Education programme for all schools and colleges in NI and to use the showcase to support careers and science education.

Participating Companies

o   Bombardier
o   Andor
o   Seagate
o   HeartSine Technologies
o   Creative Composites
o   Wrightbus
o   Tactility Factory
o   Goprezzo
o   Catagen
o   Citi
o   Kainos
o   Warner Chilcott
o   Pure Marine
o   Schrader Electronics

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The Here and Now

TF is delighted to be invited as one of Northern Ireland’s ‘key companies within the architectural design sector’ to be part of Northern Ireland Science Park’s Museum of the Here and Now

It aims to ‘create awareness and raise the profile of the key Innovations going on in Northern Ireland right here and right now.’  By using ‘a mobile exhibition which can be brought in to various venues, schools etc.    We believe this could be a valuable resource for not only creating awareness but to inspire our school kids showcasing the creativity and innovation that goes on around them.’

It is expected that the Museum of the Here and Now will roll out fully in the months ahead so we look forward to involvement


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pat-a-cake samples for New York

We have been spending the last few days making itsey/bitsey samples (100x100mm) for Material Connexion in New York. Initially this was NOT good -we are used to BIG panels and working with concrete at this scale is… well…. not ‘natural’…. BUT with saying that …how they have turned out is nice to handle and in combination they are great fun! We are almost tempted not to share them with all those lucky NewYorkers.

(all samples shown are Velvet Concrete)

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‘Architect at Work’, France

Many thanks to Innovathèque for feedback on the samples we sent through for their resource centre and upcoming events:

‘samples have arrived today in a perfect state, with brochures and cards. Thank you very much for the quality and variety of the samples !

Tactility Factory Skin samples will feature at the event called: Architect@Work France which will take place: in Lyon on the 20&21 Sept and in Paris on the 11&12 Oct.  So if you are in the area let us know what you think

(Innovathèque is a resource centre for innovative materials. Materials are shown both on their website and in the materials library in the centre of Paris )

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Appearing at Material Lab

Tactility Factory’s Concrete skins will go on show at Material Lab‘s Exhibition during the Design Week 2012, London

From their press release:

‘Material Lab celebrates the best of British of British designers & makers: We’re set to celebrate the best of British design in a weeklong exhibition (17-21 September) featuring artisan designers and manufacturers at our studio in central London.

 Going on display at the ‘Made in GB’ event will be a range of innovative surfaces, products and materials from Nothing but Navy, Giles Miller Studio, Daniel Heath Studio, Fay McCaul, Helen Dugdale, Custhom, Emma Britton, James, Graphic Relief, Artwood, Rupert Bevan, Soloman & Wu, Amy Bear, MissPrint, Tactility Factory and Soundtect.

 This exhibition is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the scope of British talent and innovative British materials we have on display here at Material Lab. As you know, we work hard to discover the latest products on behalf of the design and architecture community, and this weeklong exhibition will include an interesting mix of artisan designers, makers and manufacturers. It’s not to be missed.’

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TF at INDEX, Dubai

With the help of Invest NI, TF is off to INDEX : International Design Exhibition in Dubai in September.

We will be located on the Northern Ireland Design Stand – Nr: 4C188

It seems a long way off but we are shipping some surfaces early next week so today is a sorting out day in the workshop.


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thanks to PART

Thanks to Nasser, Yara, Murray and everyone who helped us get the panels to London for the Palestine Sunbird Pavilion.The opening was very profound – great to be in a thoughtful space, with high levels of materiality and then to be reminded of the architect’s responsibility in relation to the politics of space – a rich, potent mash-up.

see also UCL website for one of PART’s contributor’s (Dr Beverley Butler from UCL Institute of Archaeology) thoughts on the exhibition and its background.


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TF Skins at Dreamspace Gallery, London

TF velvet concrete skins are part of the Palestine Sunbird Pavilion in Dreamspace Gallery

Opening on the 7th July and running to 11th August 2012.

The Sunbird Pavilion is designed by the Palestine Regeneration Team and is part of the British Council’s International Architecture and Design Showcase 2012.

TF manipulated a Palestinian textile pattern , manufacturing our own concrete-suitable textile – to create a bright red 5m wide, 2.4 high wall for the space.

We hope people feel free to interact with the surfaces.

TF skins are like people .. it’s only through interaction that we understand their value and humanity.

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Panels and Scaffolding

The design used as inspiration for the velvet concrete wall was originally designed by English architect and designer, Augustus Pugin (1812-1852). TF is grateful to Watts of Westminster for allowing us to use and develop the design further to apply to our concrete/ textile technology.

The Design (or Document as it’s called) would originally have been a woven cut velvet, and possibly altered to be produced as a stamped velvet. The original stamped roller is still on display at Watts of Westminster London showroom.

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