Range is now on Sale! Visit our online store here to get your copy of Range today for only $19.95.
Range compiles the work of Matter Design by project from the years 2008–2013 in reverse chronological order. Each project contains a descriptive text, but some also compile previously published articles and are noted as such. The structure of this catalog is simple—reference image on the left with a project image on the right. This simple structure has allowed the possibility of focusing in on details, or illustrating multiple references. While each spread is simplistic and often didactic, the confluence of references for each project speak to the range, breadth, and complexity of the work.
Matter Design to lecture tonight at the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers: Range opening at Parsons starting at 7pm. Come join us for the exhibition to follow.
This exhibition also coincides with the launch of our online store where you will be able to purchase our products, as well as our new limited edition book titled “Range”
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We are pleased to introduce our new book–Range. Click here to order your own copy.
Matter Design is excited to announce the soft launch of our first line of jewelry titled Cumulus.
We have been working on this extensive line of rings, cufflinks, and other items for about a year and are happy to release this passion of ours to the public. This soft launch contains many of the current ring and cufflink designs. While we have received incredible responses from our physical prototypes, we would love to hear what you think. For the limited time of this soft launch, we are offering all of the current designs directly from our manufacturer (they will make the products to order and ship directly to you) allowing us a better understanding of which designs are most prone to stock ourselves, as well as promote to retail locations. We thank you for your help and for this reason we have aggressively priced these items to reward early adopters. We are very proud of these designs and we hope you enjoy them as well.
To see the full array of designs and purchase your own Cumulus, please visit our online shop. If you are interested to carry Cumulus in your retail location, please email brandon[at]matterdesignstudio[dot]com
Cumulus is a family of designed objects reminiscent of cloud formations—not only for its rhetorical appearance, but for it’s capacity to morph, adapt, and change. Clouds are often perceived to carry significance beyond their physical states. While some individual items in the Cumulus family appear familiar as a known type—for instance the pearl—the same system transforms, mutates, multiplies, and evolves into a family of solutions, each producing their own identity within the large family of cloud formations.
We are pleased to introduce Helix, a half-scale non-reinforced precast concrete spiral stair. Helix will be on exhibit at the BSA Space until May 15, 2013. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays from 10:00AM to 6:00PM and until 5:00PM on weekends and holidays. The Gallery is located at 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210.
A special thanks to Matthew Johnson and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger for their facilities, support, and expertise. Another special thanks to Boston Sand & Gravel, Lehigh Northeast Cement Company, and Headwaters Resources, Inc. for their material donations that made this project possible.
Our publisher has informed us that that Volume: Bringing Surface into Question has received a price reduction and will now be on sale for $64.53. To purchase your own copy, please visit our online bookstore. We hope you enjoy it.
In addition, we are offering a discount until March 31st of $10 off Volume! Just use the code SHARE10 upon checkout.
We are pleased to announce that Matter Design will be exhibiting at this years Design Biennial Boston. We have been busy casting a half-scale spiral staircase we call ‘Helix’ that will skewer the existing entry stair at the BSA. This project is a continuation of our dedication to volume with a series of scale prototypes and applied research translating past methods of making into contemporary culture. We hope to see you there and please spread the word!
The Boston Society of Architects and pinkcomma gallery recognize emerging practices and designers in the Biennial exhibition. The program showcases significant design talent among Greater Boston’s early-career, independent practitioners through a juried exhibition, publication, and four site-specific installations at BSA Space. This year’s participants are Brandon Clifford and Wes McGee of Matter Design, Wilson Martin and Eden Dutcher of GroundView, Ana Miljački and Lee Moreau of Project_, and Kiel Moe.
The exhibition will include an archive of works by the 2008 participants (Ground, Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LinOldhamOffice, Merge Architects, MOS, over,under, SsD, Studio Luz Architects, UNI and Utile) and the 2010 winners (C&MP, Dan Hisel Architect, Schneider Studio, Touloukian Touloukian and William O’Brien, Jr.)
We are pleased to announce that Volume: Bringing Surface into Question is complete and currently available for purchase from the online bookstore. For those of you that have been patiently waiting, this is the publication produced via the SOM fellowship. Click on the image to purchase your very own copy! This book is 336 pages of observations, explanations, imagery, and insights on the topic of volume in architecture. We hope you enjoy and can support the project. This is the first in a line of research to come. Stay tuned for updates on exhibitions, lectures, prototypes, and further publications.
Marc Jarzombek recently suggested one could determine how well a society is doing by their ability to precisely carve stone. I like his metric for its simplicity, but also for its assumption that we must not be doing so well today. So much of the discussion surrounding digital design has focused on the surface. Perhaps this is because we inherited economically thin sheet materials from the industrial era, or because we no longer consider compression-only structures to be valid. While I argue these structures outlast any partial-tension structure, making them inherently sustainable, I also argue the purpose of the proposed research is not to revert to this ‘antiquated’ architecture. This research is intended to mine the lost knowledge of stereotomy (the art of cutting solids, more typically stone) as a way to inform our contemporary methods of making with the dimension of volume.
This report was funded through the Skidmore, Owings & Merril Foundations 2011 SOM Prize, a Fellowship awarded for independent Travel / Research in Architecture, Design or Urban Design.