Dedicated to design research, the Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) hosts classes, lectures, workshops and projects emphasizing color, materials, trends and technology.

Courses that take place inside the lab include material explorations, lighting technologies, trend insights and designing for sustainability. Using CMTEL’s resources, students and others have developed material sample collections for more than 150 manufacturers. CMTEL has also become a vital resource for the College’s Design Storms—one- to three-day intensive, innovative workshops during which ArtCenter students and faculty collaborate with sponsoring partners to explore a material technology or future market opportunity. Additionally, ArtCenter’s student-led EcoCouncil holds weekly meetings here, discussing issues, sharing resources and developing special projects based on responsible design.

CMTEL [pronounced 'sim-tel'] was founded in 2006 with the generous support of $2 million from the Nokia Corporation.

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Working in the CMTEL