In this video, visit Architectural Materials in San Diego to explore how high-end custom materials are made for final projects.
- I'm with Greg Romine of Architectural Materials and today we're going to talk about materials in general as it applies to what interests architects. And today, Greg's going to show us something that he's going to release to the public in a really short period of time. It's on his website if you want to check out at Architectural Materials. He's going to showcase this box with us. And, first of all Greg, thank you for joining us today. - Yeah, good to see you. - This is one box of many, so what is it that you're showing here with us today? - Well we have four categories of product.
We have composites, metal, glass, and earthen materials. So this happens to be our acrylic box. So this shows an assortment of different acrylics. - I love unboxing. Can I do this? - Yeah. - Alright. Check that out. This is one pretty box. Check this box out. The box itself is a material so this is definitely something you'd want to treasure and, like Greg said, it's going to come in different flavors. We're going to have different types of materials.
So you'll see this more of as a library. So all of us will be able to have access to these libraries of materials that Greg's company makes. But please show us what we have in here. Just a little taste of some of the things that you have. - Yeah, so this is a - Oh, that's nice. - Yeah, so this is a mineral that's suspended in acrylic polymer. So it gives dimensions, and it plays off of light, and it's somewhat transparent, translucent. So that's just one series of materials.
- What kind of mineral is that? - This is a mica and it's from Eastern Europe. And mica generally, this happened to be from Eastern Europe, but it comes in different colors depending on what part of the world. - It's beautiful. That's great. - This is another example where we are able to suspend wood veneer inside the acrylic polymer. So we have a different assortment. This just happens to be one color of many. - In this application I get real wood, but it's protected.
- Yeah. - So I can use it in not only just indoor, but can I use it outdoor as well? - If it's outdoor then we have to change the polymer slightly, but sure, we can do that. - That's gorgeous. Love that. - And another one that's of interest is this prismatic acrylic, so it's actually three layers of acrylic, but it has a prismatic effect. - So one of the things that we want to talk about is a lot of people struggle with where to start and where to get inspiration and where can we find our material sources.
Well here, Greg's company, as he said, he's agnostic, but he'll provide a library of resources for us, and this is just a tiny sampling of what Greg's company is doing with architectural materials. Like I said, this is just the acrylic sampling, but there's many many more that the company would provide for you, for whatever your needs are. And hopefully you'll go out there and you'll check out Greg's website and look at all the offerings that they're offering. Thanks.
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