Colab, the first purpose-built material library in the UAE, is now open in Dubai Design District (d3). Located in Building 1b, Colab is a social business venture that functions primarily as a material library and inspiration and learning centre.

The space aims to elevate design across the region by offering a platform to showcase the latest materials and design trends from across the globe whilst highlighting excellence in regional design as well. It also serves as a gallery, event and activation space, and networking hub in its bid to bring the entire creative community together. Colab, in partnership with Material ConneXion, the leading materials-driven design authority and partner of the most innovative brands in the world, is hosting the first Innovation Walls in the UAE at d3. Curated by Material ConneXion’s team of experts, the Innovation Walls are a physical manifestation of Material ConneXion’s consulting expertise, tangible material samples, and cross-industry insight, incorporating a range of materials on the cutting edge of technology and sustainability.

Richard Wilson, creative director, Colab, says: “Materials come first. What’s more, designers should care about their design as much as the materials they choose. With this in mind, we want to help the design community understand better the importance of material selection. Through our partnership with Material ConneXion, we hope to use their materials intelligence to help the industry innovate. By offering access to some of the best material solutions and by providing an insight into tomorrow’s opportunities, we hope to act as a catalyst for new material and product ideas.”