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What is Material Source Studio?

Material Source Studio is a first-of-its-kind destination that brings together product and material insights and inspiration for architects, designers and property professionals. Alongside world-renowned brands, you’ll also discover new makers who are pushing the boundaries, fuelling new ideas and forging exciting collaborations.

You’ll find Material Source Studio in Manchester’s 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

Meet us at Material Source Studio

There’s a relaxed and inviting atmosphere at Material Source Studio, so just come along – it’s open every week day. Simply sign in at reception, help yourself to a drink and go for a wander to start your journey of inspiration.

The Crown Paints A&D team spend a lot of time offering colour advice and guidance at Material Source Studio, so to ensure one of the team are there when you visit, we recommend you book an appointment.

A playground of possibilities with paint

We believe paint has the power to change a room, change a mood, even change a life. We want to put that potential into the hands of everyone. That’s why you’ll find the key aspects of the Crown Colour Service at Material Source Studio. Come along and explore a comprehensive suite of practical tools. Experiment with 100% accurate, true-to-life colour scheming using recyclable Pure Paint Samples to let your imagination run riot on a large scale.

You can discover what’s happening in the world of colour, the latest trends and our sustainability initiatives. There’s also inspirational installations showcasing our Crown Trade, Sadolin and Sandtex brands, as well as an exciting programme of CPD opportunities.

A creative springboard for architects and designers

With its partnerships, facilities and live events, there’s nothing quite like Material Source Studio anywhere else in the North West. It gives architects and specifiers a place to work, be inspired, choose samples and see how materials interact together. It’s a centre to curate and create moodboards, gather inspiration and allows creative designers to break free from their usual surroundings.

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

Meet us at Material Source Studio

There’s a relaxed and inviting atmosphere at Material Source Studio, so just come along – it’s open every week day. Simply sign in at reception, help yourself to a drink and go for a wander to start your journey of inspiration.

The Crown Paints A&D team spend a lot of time offering colour advice and guidance at Material Source Studio, so to ensure one of the team are there when you visit, we recommend you book an appointment.

FAQs

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?

Monday to Thursday: 10am – 6pm, Friday: 10am – 5pm. Closed weekends and bank holidays.

Where is Material Source Studio?

Right next to Victoria Station in city centre Manchester. The exact address is:
Material Source Studio, 1 Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF.

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 team at Material Source Studio ask all visitors to sign in on arrival. The registration process takes 5-minutes the first time, and then it’s just a QR code scan when you arrive from then on. You can register ahead of your first visit.

Can we help with your next project?

Our A&D sales team are here to help offer product, colour and technical advice. Give our team a call or meet us down at Material Source Studio. Tel: 0330 0240310 or email A&D.Team@CrownPaints.co.uk