London Design Festival 2023: Material Matters

Image of the Bargehouse entrance to Material Matters 2022.

Material Matters is a trade-focussed fair illustrating the importance of material intelligence and application across design, architecture and making.

Each floor of Bargehouse serves a slightly different purpose:

The ground floor space will host a site-specific installation welcoming visitors. Floor one is devoted to the cutting edge of materials. The second floor invites visitors to take a 'deep dive' into a handful of materials. Whilst floor three is dedicated to market-ready products, featuring innovative materials. The dramatic top floor space will contain the event's talk space as well as designers and makers working in a range of materials.

The fair will feature world-class brands, manufacturers, design and makers alongside an unmissable programme of talks and installations, all focussed on celebrating the importance of material in design and architecture.

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Images of geometric artwork by Tanja Kirst.

Tanja Kirst opens the show

A highlight for this year’s edition of Material Matters will be Planted – and installation of ten unique textile pieces by Copenhagen-based designer Tanja Kirst made from hemp, citrus and seaweed yarn. ‘Hemp has been under-used in interior design, and I see it as my mission to re-think how this fantastic material could be used,’ she says.

Image of a lampshade by Yair Neuman.

Exhibitor spotlight: Yair Neuman

At Material Matters, designer Yair Neuman showcases repurposed discarded lenses from the eyewear industry to create a new material for his design objects. This year, he is set to unveil an assortment of pendant, table, and wall lights, along with his innovative Delerex® sunglasses frames.

Image of a chair created by SolidWool.

Pod from the archive: SolidWool

Hannah and Justin Floyd are the co-creators of an intriguing composite material made up of wool and bio-resin –SolidWool. In this podcast, the couple discuss how SolidWool is made, making ‘products with purpose’, and why designers love chairs. SolidWool will be exhibiting at Material Matters 2023.