What matters now: Matter reveals new products by a host of rising design stars

The New York City-based gallery and furniture manufacturer Matter continues to realise the concepts of the design world's rising talents with the 2016 additions to its Matter Made collection – presented under the banner of 'MMotif' at NYCxDESIGN
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New York City-based gallery and manufacturer Matter has a well-earned reputation for realising actual products conceived by up-and-coming American designers.

For NYCxDESIGN 2016, founder and creative director Jamie Gray opted to work with some of his favourites. The brand's 'MMotif' installation included collaborations with New York-based designer Ana Kraš with her 'Slon' series of round stools and tables; Brooklyn textile designer Aelfie and multidisciplinary designer Alex Proba of Studio Proba and Mother NY, who collaborated together on plush, geometric rugs; Seattle glass designer John Hogan, who created weighty glass accessories; and design studio Vonnegut/Kraft, who made a daybed and dresser. ‘We were excited to work with designers who understood our collaborative process and whose work I appreciate and admire... basically my design crushes,’ says Gray. 

Matter is also expanding its 'Discus' lighting line to include two new collections, 'Nix' and 'Mega'. ‘We took our design from last year, listened to the comments and thoughts that architects and designers had on it and thought about how we could improve,’ says Gray. 

Although the gallery’s new collection looks seamless, with muted tones and circular geometries, there was no overarching goal in mind. ‘It’s a very natural, organic process. Sometimes I look and see what the collection is missing and ask a designer to help me fill that gap – other times I just say “Look at our collection and throw things at me”,’ says Gray. ‘Then, eventually, I see a group of work and it all comes together to tell a story.’

Latest collection

Its latest collection includes plush, geometric rugs by Brooklyn textile designer Aelfie and print artist Studio Proba (pictured on wall), Visibility's 'Champ' stools and Jonathan Zawanda's 'Affordances' table

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paper weight and other object

Matter has also expanded on its 'Discus' lighting series (pictured left), while Seattle-based glass designer John Hogan has produced a series of paperweights (right) and other objects

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design studio

The Brooklyn-based design studio Vonnegut/Kraft also made a daybed and dresser

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A view of Matter's Nolita store

'We were excited to work with designers who understood our collaborative process and whose work I appreciate and admire... basically my design crushes,' says Gray. Pictured: a view of Matter's Nolita store

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Matter’s new collection will be on view at its Nolita showroom until 17 May. For more details, visit Matter’s website


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