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Material Source Studios offer a unique one-stop destination for professionals like yourself, providing dedicated spaces for everyone working within the built environment to stop by and collaborate with us and discover what’s happening in the world of colour. Whether you want to pop in and use our Crown Colour Service or you’d like to meet us for a one-to-one session or inspiring CPD programme, Material Source offers the ultimate collaborative space to work together.

collaborative spaces and industry experts

Whether you’re visiting us in Manchester or Glasgow, each Material Source Studio showcases ever-changing product and material installations from 25+ commercial interiors brands, allowing you to gain insights and inspiration direct from industry leaders just like us. We regularly showcase inspirational installations from our Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex brands, alongside a practical suite of tools for you to endlessly experiment with.

created with creatives in mind

Offering flexible functionality, each purpose-built space hosts a range of collaboration facilities, including: theatres seating 80 guests, workshops for relaxed presentations, multiple meeting rooms, state-of-the-art sound systems and of course, built-in kitchens for everyone to enjoy. Both studio spaces provide the perfect backdrop for collaboration, housing versatile spaces perfect for one-to-one meetings with our Crown colour experts or a place for larger groups to meet, learn and share ideas.

the material source concept

The concept of Material Source was born out of a desire to share stories of those making a positive impact on the future of the built environment, something everyone at Crown is passionate about. That’s why there are always plenty of events to attend – some hosted by us – including: lunch and learns, CPD opportunities, partner events, seminars on topics ranging from neurodiversity through to sustainability and informative gallery exhibits on themes such as biometrics.

A creative springboard for architects and designers

Showcasing partnerships, facilities and live events, there’s nothing quite like Material Source Studio. Located in the hearts of Manchester and Glasgow, each unique studio gives architects and specifiers a place to work, be inspired, choose samples and see how materials interact together. They are a centre to curate moodboards and gather inspiration, whilst allowing creative designers to break free from their usual surroundings.

The collaborative vibe at each Material Source Studio inspires you to view design problems from a new angle and refreshes your thinking every time you visit. Come in and get one-on-one advice from industry experts, learn more about new materials and technologies and the possibilities for your next project…

Manchester Material Source Studio

You’ll find Manchester’s Material Source Studio in the buzzing NOMA district.

Material Source Studio, 1 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF


Opening times:

Monday to Thursday – 10am to 6pm

Friday – 10am to 5pm

Closed weekends and bank holidays

Glasgow Material Source Studio

You’ll find Glasgow’s Material Source Studio in the vibrant city centre.

Glasgow: 180 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2NR


Opening times:

Monday to Thursday – 10am to 6pm

Friday – 10am to 5pm

Closed weekends and bank holidays

Need a new podcast to listen to?

We’re excited to announce our sponsorship of 42 Roles in the Built Environment, an innovative podcast series created in partnership with Material Source Studio. The full series will be released throughout 2023, exploring people’s unique roles within the industry. The first ten podcasts will focus on professionals within the built environment, showcasing those who design, build and push through change within the sector. Listen now.

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A playground of possibilities with paint

Come along and discover what’s happening in the world of colour, including our latest trends and our sustainability initiatives. We also have inspirational installations showcasing our Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex brands and an exciting programme of CPD opportunities for you to enjoy.

Not only that, you can explore our comprehensive suite of practical tools and experiment with 100% accurate, true-to-life colour scheming. Using our recyclable Pure Paint Samples, prepare to let your imagination run riot on a large scale.

Material Source Studios

There’s always a relaxed and inviting atmosphere waiting for you at Material Source. Simply sign in at reception, help yourself to a drink and go for a wander to ignite your inspiration.

The Crown Paints A&D team spend a lot of time offering colour advice and guidance at both Material Source Studio locations. To ensure one of the team are available when you visit, we recommend you book an appointment with us.


Can I speak to Crown Paints colour expert?

Yes. To ensure one of the team are there when you visit, we recommend booking an appointment. However, there will always be a member of the Material Source Studio team available to answer any general questions.

May I take samples of Pure Paint, Fandecks and Interior Colour books?

Of course. We just ask that you scan the coinciding QR code so we can keep track of our stock and replenish for the next visitor.

When is Material Source Studio open?

Both Manchester and Glasgow are open from:
Monday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm, Friday: 10am – 5pm. Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Where is Material Source Studio?

Both Material Source locations are centrally located, offering great transport links for visitors across the UK. Material Source Manchester: 1 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF
Material Source Glasgow: 180 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2NR

Is it free to visit?

Yes, visiting is free for the A&D community to seek inspiration and work from the hub. The hiring of event spaces carries a small fee.

Do I have to register to visit the Studio?

The teams at both Material Source Studio locations ask all visitors to sign in on arrival. The registration process takes around five minutes the first time, and then it’s just a QR code scan when you arrive from then on. To make signing in easier on your first visits, you can register ahead.