Material Matters is an exhibition presenting works of architecture and design by five firms that have generated innovative prototypes by combining material experimentation with advanced digital technologies. Each project—from the Saltygloo, a lightweight structure whose unique translucent blocks are 3D printed using locally harvested salt, to the sculpted fluid wood interior of the Grotto Sauna—exploits the capacity of technology to redefine the fabrication process according to complex formal and material logics while simultaneously exhibiting a deep commitment to craft and its evolution in design. These works dramatically transform both objects and spaces, while reshaping the very elements out of which architecture is made.
Design firms: Emerging Objects (San Francisco, CA, USA), Matter Design (Boston, MA, USA), Radical Craft & G!LL!S (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Partisans (Toronto, ON), Specific Objects (Brooklyn, NY, USA).
Exhibition Curation: Ila Berman + DATAlab: Mona El Khafif, Maya Przybylski
Production Assistant: Yuchen Zhang