Fairphone's Bas van Abel on repair, longevity, and conflict minerals.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Bas van Abel
1w ago
Bas van Abel founded Fairphone in 2013. The company attempts to transform the way our smartphones are manufactured, by reducing e-waste, sourcing conflict-free minerals, and improving working conditions in its supply chain. It creates a product consumers are encouraged to keep longer and which, importantly, they can also repair themselves.  Fairphone was an immediate hit, attracting 25,000 orders when it launched its first smartphone via a crowd-funding campaign. It has now sold over half a million phones and employs 150 staff.  In 2018, Bas stepped back as CEO of the company – altho ..read more
Visit website
John Tuomey on his childhood and becoming an architect.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by John Tuomey
2w ago
There have been over 100 episodes of Material Matters but, for listeners who might be new to all this, the idea is that I speak to a designer, maker, artist, or architect about a material or technique with which they’re intrinsically linked and discover how it changed their lives and careers.  However, once in a while I break my own self-imposed format and interview someone I’ve always wanted to meet. This is one of those episodes.  Architect John Tuomey is the co-founder of multi-award winning practice O’Donnell + Tuomey, with his wife Sheila O’Donnell. The firm has designed the Glu ..read more
Visit website
Sara Grady and Alice Robinson on British Pasture Leather.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Sara Grady and Alice Robinson.
3w ago
Sara Grady and Alice Robinson co-founded British Pasture Leather in 2020. The duo aim in their own words ‘to link leather with exemplary farming and, in doing so, to redefine leather as an agricultural product’. All of which means creating a new network of systems within the industry. Essentially, the pair are attempting to make the material we buy traceable in the same way food is.  In 2022, they created an exhibition, entitled Leather from British Pastures, during the London Design Festival, which included collaborations with the likes of Mulberry and New Balance, as well as Material Ma ..read more
Visit website
Christien Meindertsma on wool (and linoleum).
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Christien Meinderstma
3w ago
Christien Meindertsma is a Dutch designer who has a fascination with materials. She currently has an installation at the V&A, entitled Re-forming Waste, which shows new work based around her interest in linoleum, as well as technological advances with the material she has described as her first love, wool. Christien came to wider attention initially when she graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, with a book that catalogued a week’s worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schipol Airport. She followed that up a few years later, with PIG 05049, an extraordina ..read more
Visit website
Florian Gadsby on clay and becoming a potter.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Florian Gadsby
1M ago
Florian Gadsby is a bit of a phenomenon. The ceramicist currently has a new show at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and has also published a memoir, By My Hands, that charts his formative years with clay, including apprenticeships in the UK and, most intriguingly, Japan.  Essentially, it unpicks his route to becoming a fully, fledged professional potter, while at the same time, providing tips about his thinking and process.  Since he started on Instagram a decade ago, Florian has built up a social media following that can only be described as formidable. He’s part of a generation that ..read more
Visit website
Christien Meinderstma on wool (and linoleum).
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Christien Meinderstma
1M ago
Christien Meinderstma is a Dutch designer who has a fascination with materials. She currently has an installation at the V&A, entitled Re-forming Waste, which shows new work based around her interest in linoleum, as well as technological advances with the material she has described as her first love, wool.  Christien came to wider attention initially when she graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2003, with a book that catalogued a week’s worth of objects confiscated at security checkpoints in Schipol Airport.  She followed that up a few years later, with PIG 05049, an e ..read more
Visit website
Simone Brewster on 2023, her breakthrough year.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Grant Gibson
2M ago
This special festive episode is slightly different because, as we come to the end of 2023, we thought it would be interesting to talk to someone who has had a breakthrough year.  And we couldn’t think of anyone that description fits better than UK-based designer, Simone Brewster. In June, Simone held her first solo exhibition at the NOW Gallery on London’s Greenwich Peninsular, entitled The Shape of Things. While, in September, her installation Spirit of Place with cork company, Amorim, opened on the Strand in the centre of the capital.  These came with what amounts to a blizzard of ..read more
Visit website
Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert on hot glass
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Grant Gibson
2M ago
Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert is a Paris-based designer, maker, and artist, obsessed with blown glass. In an eclectic career, that has seen him travelling through the USA and Europe, before settling in France in 2007, he has shown work at the V&A, Vessel Gallery in London, and Palais de Tokyo among others. His pieces are also held in a number public collections including: Bibliotheque de France de L’Ecole National des Chartes, and Germany’s European Museum of Modern Glass. In 2016, Jeremy was the subject of a feature-length documentary about his work and extraordinary life, entitled Heart of G ..read more
Visit website
Neil Thomas on building with bamboo.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Neil Thomas
3M ago
Neil Thomas is the founder and director of Atelier One, one of the most creative engineering practices in the UK. The firm has worked on building projects such as Singapore Arts Centre, Federation Square in Australia, and Baltic in Gateshead, as well as with a hugely impressive roster of artists, including Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Rachel Whiteread. It has also created stages for stadium rock shows from Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Take That, often in collaboration with architect, the late Mark Fisher. The practice was the engineer behind the opening ceremony of London’s 2012 Oly ..read more
Visit website
Caroline Till on material futures, regenerative design, and lots more.
Material Matters with Grant Gibson
by Caroline Till
4M ago
Caroline Till is a consultant, author, curator, and academic. She founded Franklin Till, along with Kate Franklin, in 2010 and, since then, the future research agency has worked with the likes of international textile exhibition Heimtextil, paper giant GF Smith, Caesarstone, Tarkett, and IKEA’s former blue sky thinking agency, Space 10.  The pair has published magazines such as Viewpoint and Viewpoint Colour and co-written the influential book Radical Matter, as well as curating Our Time on Earth, a touring exhibition about the future of the planet which started at London’s Barbican last ..read more
Visit website

Follow Material Matters with Grant Gibson on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR