18–21 september
bargehouse, oxo tower wharf, london

the brands taking part

Material Matters showcases a curated mix of over 40 world-leading brands, designers, makers and organisations to celebrate the importance of materials and their ability to shape our lives. From product design, furniture and lighting to metal, ceramics, textiles or technology, the brands and makers on display are at the leading edge of contemporary design.

columbia univeristy, the Natural materials lab

stand 13.4

The Natural Materials Lab, founded and directed by Assistant Professor Lola Ben-Alon, investigates raw, earth- and fiber-based building materials, their life cycle, supply chains, fabrication techniques, policy, and upscaled possibilities. The Muddy Stools is a series of sitting elements that converge digital fabrication with waste materials, melding earth soils, plant fibers, and animal manure. Offering confrontational perspectives on historical material mix designs, these elements counter negative interpretations linked to colonialism and industrial power shifts.

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