Matt W. Moore of Portland, Maine, is as busy as they come these days: the artist and designer turned up on our radar a couple months back when Protein Press interviewed him; just a week later, he was back with CNC-controlled Sharpie vector graphics (a collaboration with an equally prolific designer, Aaron Panone).
It turns out that Moore spent August in Moscow as an artist-in-residence, creating a series of 15 new canvas, as well as three public murals and 17 public sculptures (pictured above and below).
Now, he's turned us on to his latest project, Core Deco, his foray into product design. Although the project dates back to spring of this year, this week saw the launch of the first line of objects, each a natural extension of his signature "vectorfunk" design aesthetic:After many years and countless projects working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and fine artist... The next logical step for Matt was to branch out towards functional design and create products that have as much gravity in their purpose as they do in their visual appeal. Carpe diem.
Collaboration is at the heart of each of our products. Working with friends is the most exciting and rewarding part of the process. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing group of creative professionals in our circles. Master woodcrafter Erik Flanagan handles the furniture manufacturing. Screen printer Dominic D'Alessio is in charge of bringing graphics to life on various surfaces. Jeff Griecci is our point man for videos. And there's a long list of collaborators we are currently working with for future offerings.
Insofar as the designs largely speak for themselves, there's not much to say—or dislike—about Moore's minimal aesthetic. It's not so much a departure as a sort of evolution, from two dimensions to three, the purely formal adapted for function. Detailed photography and teaser videos after the jump...
The Ceramic Tile Coaster Set present a variety of black-and-white patterns for a striking visual effect both at a distance and up close.
The Diamond Corner Shelf bears an uncanny resemblance to William Lee & et al collaborative's "Lean" chair.
The Jacquard Afghans are a warm and fuzzy take on Op-art; Bridget Riley would be proud.
The Modular Corner Shelf Set rounds out (so to speak) the first Core Deco collection. Just as the three-shelf piece represents the younger cousin of the Diamond Corner Shelf, the entire collection might be considered as Moore's pared-down answer to Rafael de Cárdenas.
And yes, Matt, we're flattered that you've seen fit to cross-brand your line of housewares with us.... can't wait to see what you come up with next.