the brands of 2023
In 2023, Material Matters will showcase a curated mix of exhibitors to celebrate the importance of materials and their ability to shape our lives. The selection included global brands, makers, designers, manufacturers, and artists working in materials that ranged from recycled aluminium, clay, wood and glass to orange peel, roots and sugar.
- ROOM 13.1
Meet ALCA – a collective of four emerging London-based designers, who recently graduated from the Royal College of Art. As individual designers, they have unique approaches to furniture and lighting design, but together, materiality and experimentation are at their core. At the fair, they will show a selection of works that investigate how new material and making practices can support a more sustainable product industry.
Alexandra Arias is a Panamanian architect and designer who works across the fields of architecture, interiors, and product. She presents the ‘Melt’ bookshelf, a piece that explores using metal plasticity in tube compression as a novel joining method to streamline assembly parts and processes.
Amelia Wong is a Hong Kong born product designer and design engineer. Her studies at MIT and RCA provide an interdisciplinary background spanning art, design, and engineering. Her ‘Flection’ side table and deck chair explore metal bending and deformation as an innovative joining system in lieu of welding and additional fixings thereby streamlining assembly.
Constance Riley is a British born designer with a keen interest in exploring the genre of consumer experiences in relation to product delivery. Her ‘NoBell’ series looks to mitigate unsuccessful product deliveries to the home by designing objects to fit within a UK letterbox facilitating a greener and more seamless courier and consumer experience.
Lewis Alexander Fleming is a British born multidisciplinary designer who’s practice is rooted in a user centric inclusive design approach. He presents the ‘Bézier’ table made from layers of birch plywood bonded and with PVA glue. This piece looks at how novel geometries can be formed while maximising use of material through tessellation.
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