Matter is a New York based contemporary design store and manufacturer known for carrying pieces from a number of important contemporary masters like Enzo Mari, Jasper Morrison, and the Bouroullec brothers— to name a few. For their newest collection, which debuted during New York Design Week, the studio invited a range of emerging designers to work on custom collaborations for Matter-Made, the brand's in-house furniture line. The results of these collaborations are refreshing for their novel graphic aesthetic. The new collection serves a number of different purposes for the brand including an offering of exclusive design-forward pieces from the retailer and spreading great design to the masses. At the heart of the brand, Matter works carefully with the designers on managing production costs and design specs so that retail pricing could stay considerably low.
Here's a visual overview of the newest collaborative collection as well as more about the associated designers:
Light fixtures designed by Matter's in-house design team led by creative director Jaime Gray. These lamps are made from cast aluminum with aluminum hardware and diffused LEDs; conceptually, they are a visual exploration of the discus form and relationships between light and reflection. Matter-Made's Orbit Table is a more modern play on traditional American wood craftsmanship; the rectangular version is a redesign of an original oval form from a previous year's collection. The stools included also offer a refreshing take on a familiar everyday form.
Ana Kras' 'Slon' Tables
A series of dining tables, coffee tables, and pedestal tables designed by Serbian designer Ana Kras, produced in desert tones and striped patterns. The fully cylindrical pieces have removable tops which allow for hidden storage. Kras aptly named the table series 'Slon', which is the Serbian word for elephant.
Philippe Malouin's chairs made from finished bent plywood are breathtaking in their simplicity and lightweight construction and are available in over 5 original colors. Malouin and Matter worked together to refine a previous version of this chair so it could be more easily manufactured; the previous chair featured three legs and did not incorporate visible metal hardware. A table made by Malouin in a similar visual fashion to his chairs for Matter.
Beautifully crafted glass-blown lamp pendants by married design duo Katrina Vonnegut and Brian Kraft; available in different colors and with brass or nickel hardware.
Brooklyn-based design studio Visibility created a collection of bookends and envelope holders, and catchall trays made from wood and marble. The pieces hope to pare down visual language of the design so as to represent the object in its most pure form.