Martin Conreen

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Design
Department Design
Email m.conreen (
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7792
Martin Conreen


BA Design, MA Design – Critical Practice, MRes in Design, MPhil/PhD

Areas of supervision

PhD supervision topics
My research student supervision is located in the following broadly defined areas: Design practice; creative methods; phenomenology; materials; material culture; manufacturing and processing materials; materials innovation and materiality; sustainable design; user/object relationships.

Research Interests

Since spring 2005 my major research interest has been in the field of new and emerging materials. This interest extends to regular /traditional materials and those resources that are steadily depleting and soon to be a thing (material) of the past. This work has led to making speculative objects such as the “Crystacast proto-type thermochromic brick” for an exhibition of New materials,“Materials of invention, 100 years of construction innovation” at The Building centre London in June 2006 and speaking at the Materials of invention Conference, The Building centre London 26th June 2006 (paper titled ” New Materials”).
In a short period of time this work has led me to be invited to a number of networks as well as being a founder member and contributor to the materials library at Kings college London. The main focus of this work is to establish new and sustainable ways for artists and designers to understand and experiment with new and emerging materials. To invent new methods of production for some of these materials so as to make them safer and easier to work with. To co-create a materials library for the creative industries in the UK, particularly to enable artists, designers architects, etc to have access to materials as they emerge rather than when they are available in the distant future.



Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2009. Materials Library Takes on Ceramics at the Victoria & Albert Museum. In: "Victoria & Alberta Museum", London, United Kingdom.

Conreen, Martin; Miodownik, Mark and Laughlin, Zoe. 2008. Hair. In: "Materials Library presents Hair", Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom, 2008.

Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Z. and Miodownik, M.. 2007. Flesh. In: "Event in gallery space", Wellcome Trust, London, 09/11/2007.

Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Z. and Miodownik, M.. 2006. Materials Library Presents: Tate Modern Rehang, Levels 3 and 5. In: "Series of four performative investigations, events", Tate Modern, London, 06/11/2006 - 27/11/2006.

Rosenberg, Terry E. and Conreen, Martin. 2001. Designed, curated exhibition of staff and student work at the Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite). In: "Milan Furniture Fair in the Contemporary Design pavilion (Salon Satellite)", Milan, Italy, 2-10th April 2001.

Conference or Workshop Item

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Hall, Sean and Conreen, Martin. 2002. 'Barbie and Furcaroui'. In: guest speakers at PARIP symposium. Goldsmiths, London, United Kingdom.


Wilkes, Sarah; Wongsriruksa, Supinya; Howes, Philip; Gamester, Richard; Witchel, Harry; Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2016. Design tools for interdisciplinary translation of material experiences. Materials & Design, 90, pp. 1228-1237. ISSN 0261-3069

Conreen, Martin; Wongsriruksa, Supinya; Howes, Philip and Miodownik, Mark. 2012. The use of physical property data to predict the touch perception of materials. Materials & Design, 42, pp. 238-244. ISSN 0261-3069

Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe; Miodownik, Mark and Witchel, Harry J.. 2011. The use of standard electrode potentials to predict the taste of solid metals. Food Quality and Preference, 22(7), pp. 628-637. ISSN 0950-3293


Conreen, Martin; Laughlin, Zoe and Miodownik, Mark. 2007. What Can The Matter Be?.

Book Section

Pitsillides, Stacey; Jefferies, Janis K. and Conreen, Martin. 2012. Museum of the Self and Digital Death: An Emerging Curatorial Dilemma For Digital Hertitage. In: , ed. Heritage and Social Media: Understanding heritage in a participatory culture. New York: Routledge, pp. 56-69. ISBN 9780415616621

Edited Book

Rosenberg, Terry E.; Conreen, Martin; Rossouw, Stacey; Currell, Georgia; Poon, Charis; Hall, Sean and Waller, Michael, eds. 2020. HA HA! OuDePo Volume 1. London: OuDePo. ISBN 9781527255135


Conreen, Martin. 2007. Launch event ‘The Sound of Materials’. In: "Launch event ‘The Sound of Materials’", Tate Modern, United Kingdom.


Rosenberg, Terry E. and Conreen, Martin. 2019. OuDePo.