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.

Priestman Goode

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PriestmanGoode is a multi-disciplinary design studio based in London focused on defining a better future. Specialising in design for transport, products and experiences, the employee-owned studio generates unique ideas and concepts through its self-initiated
projects that aim to remove some of the major barriers facing society today.

These include more inclusive and accessible experiences in transport, a more sustainable and circular approach to materials, and enabling more socio-economic and gender diversity in design through an ongoing commitment to creative education. Projects include an annual partnership with the Royal College of Art, a masterclass programme with the National Saturday Club, and being part of Design Truth’s Design Pledge, contributing to a fair and equitable approach to design internships...

A better, more sustainable future requires a re-think on the way we create, use and then reuse materials, both as designers and consumers. With this in mind, PriestmanGoode has collaborated with students with the Royal College of Art since 2017, setting an annual brief for students studying MA Textiles and challenging them to think imaginatively about materials, their application and benefits.

The briefs have covered sensorial and sustainable materials, wellbeing, and physical x digital materiality; and each year, one or more of the students have secured a paid internship with PriestmanGoode as part of the studio’s commitment to supporting creative education.

This display for Material Matters includes the winners of the 2023 brief and takes a retrospective view, looking back at the creativity shown by a selection of other students who took part in the programme, and how they have progressed to interesting careers, shaping the future of materials and design.

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