material samples placed on a board

In response to COVID-19, the Product Catalogue Collection (Rm 203, Architecture 2 Building) will be open by appointment only. Visitors can arrange a 30-minute appointment by emailing PCC@umanitoba.ca or by phone 204-805-1857. A maximum of 4 people will be permitted at one time.

For your safety,

  • All samples loaned out will be sanitized upon return to the PCC.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available. Upon entry, people will be required to use hand sanitizer before handling any of the samples. People will be encouraged to minimize the handling of samples and to practice social distancing in the PCC.
  • All hard surfaces (tables, desks, chairs) will be sanitized each day.

What's available

shelves stacked with material samples

Multidisciplinary materials

The Product Catalogue Collection is one of the first introductions to the vast realm of materials for the students in all disciplines of the Faculty: environmental design, architecture, city planning, interior design and landscape architecture. The product library is an invaluable resource with over 10,000 samples of design products available on loan to students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, to faculty members and to the local design community.

Leggo blocks

Vast possibilities

The collection includes roofing materials, siding, metals, architectural glass, acrylics, fabrics, flooring, laminates, stone, tiles, wallcoverings, paint chips, and so much more. The PCC also offers a collection of Lego products for students; a variety of baseplates and bricks can be signed out to create and test design. The organizational system the library currently uses is the Construction Specifications Institute MasterFormat system, a system widely used by the construction industry throughout North America.

linen samples

Innovative opportunities

The PCC remains current by bringing in new and innovative products for interiors and exteriors weekly. Sustainability is a key factor that is considered when introducing new products to the PCC, with a focus on eco-friendly products, recycled products or products with recycled content, and natural products whenever possible. The PCC also focuses on bringing in products in which materials are used in new and innovative ways.

Product feature: textile or fabric

"not all textiles are fabrics, while all fabric is a textile."

— Cornellier, 2020

So what is the difference between a textile and a fabric? Although these words are used interchangeably by the uninitiated, “textiles” is an umbrella term and includes many products with uses beyond the fashion industry, and includes fabrics.

 

History of the PCC

The Product Catalogue Collection (PCC) has been operating in the Faculty of Architecture since the fall of 1991. The PCC was established thanks to the support of design product manufacturers, distributors and representatives, and their generous contributions.

Although the collection can appear to be orientated towards interior design – it is so much more! We house samples for architecture, landscape architecture and city planning. We also assist students who need help finding samples of products that may not be housed in the PCC.  We encourage all disciplines to venture through the PCC’s doors - in addition to technical information on interior design products, we have access to information on architectural products, such as interior and exterior wall assemblies; and landscape architecture products, such as site furniture and anti-erosion materials. A large collection of Lego products is also available to aid in design.

In 2007, a long overdue renovation of the PCC began as it was time to provide a contemporary space for contemporary products. It was important to introduce an environmentally conscious focus and many of the products used in the renovation exemplified the “green” standard that we encourage students to follow. We met with many representatives, manufacturers and distributors, and were excited when many groups stepped forward to participate in the renovation. Below is a list of manufacturers, distributors and representatives that participated in the renovation of the PCC along with their donation(s). Thank you to all who helped in the renovation, providing products and services, including Physical Plant, University of Manitoba; and Keith Millan, Manager, and Rick Finney of the Faculty of Architecture Workshop.

Finally, thank you to all the companies, in Canada and internationally, who contribute samples on a regular basis and who see the tremendous value the PCC brings to our students, the professionals of the future, and to the local design community.

PCC renovation details

Furniture

Haworth
Doug Mackenzie
12 Haworth task chairs, large wood and granite reception desk

EQ3
Peter and Tara DeFehr-Tielman
8 chairs, 2 tables, 2 lounge chairs, 3 bookcases, 1 coffee table

Walls

Cloverdale Paint
Jim McDermid
Horizon environmentally friendly paint line

Crown Surface Solutions
Arch Donaldson
Vycon wallcovering

Flooring

Designweave
Rob Braun
Carpet tile
Interface
Dallas Klassen
Carpet tile
Milliken
Jerry Spevakow
Carpet tile
Forbo Flooring Systems
Joe Russo
Marmoleum
Primco
Thomas Fulcher
Roppe rubber floor base
Formations
Nancy Carpenter
Formica laminate
Antex Western
Barb Hilderman
Installation of the Marmoleum
 

Recent PCC installations and exhibits

More recently, installations of exhibits and samples were made by:

Granite Mountain Stone Design
Brent Charles

Barkman Concrete Ltd.
Alan Barkman

Contact Us

Product Catalogue Collection
Rm 203, Architecture 2 Building
56 Curry Place
Faculty of Architecture
University of Manitoba
(Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M6

204-474-9247
204-805-1857
PCC Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 11:30am - 2:30pm

References

Cornellier, Kaity. (2020). The Actual Definition of Textile: It’s Surprisingly Different from Fabric. Retrieved January 10, 2021 from Contrado: https://www.contrado.co.uk/blog/definition-of-textile/.

Winchip, Susan M. (2011). Sustainable Design for Interior Environments Second Edition. New York: Fairchild Books.