Now that our friends at Matter have firmly established themselves as purveyors of some of the finest contemporary furnishings this side of Houston St., they're looking to expand their house label. They launched MatterMade in 2010, partnering with designers to produce a new collection for every NY Design Week since (we took note in 2011). For this year's MatterMade Collection, Creative Director Jamie Gray called on New York's Roman and Williams to design a line of furniture and lighting.At its core, the Roman and Williams for MatterMade collection is a marriage of two entitites with a shared vision of the American design landscape. The first commercially available collection of lighting and furniture by Roman and Williams, the line includes: Woodrum, a family of lighting, Hub, a coffee table and side table, and Reader, a sling chair and foot stool. The unifying theme within the collection is an emphasis on superior materials and exceptional craftsmanship. Standard wood species offered are reclaimed white oak, teak, and walnut, each with a simple and pure finish that highlights the wood. Custom unlacquered brass hardware adorns each piece and provides an extra touch of luxury and elegance.
After a decade of creating award-winning bespoke spaces, such as the Ace Hotel and the glamorous Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, this line of furniture and lighting presents a gateway for bringing the unique world of Roman and Williams into a broad spectrum of interiors. Whether ultra minimal, contemporary, or the most classic of spaces, the Roman and Williams for MatterMade collection adds a necessary hint of familiarity, articulation and decandence.Detail of Hub Side Table
Meanwhile, at the far end of the showroom, a pair of young artisans were threading and tugging away at a massive, 10-foot-long tapestry-in-progress, its funky aesthetic standing in stark contrast to the monolithic minimalism of the Roman and Williams collection. In addition to displaying the new work (which was also at ICFF), Matter hosted a "Living Workshop" with New Friends. Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski, usually collaborate remotely from their respective studios in Philadelphia and Brooklyn, they were artists-in-residence in the Soho showroom over the weekend.
R: Jake Dyson's CSYS lamp is also available now at Matter.
Lastly, the project room featured an installation of furniture and lighting from previous MatterMade collections. They're reintroducing several of the pieces for distribution to other retailers; see the full collection here.