When we last wrote about Materia Designs a little over a year ago, Hudson Woods was preparing to officially launch, and Materia had just shown their collection during New York Design week for the first time. Since then, Materia has moved to a new location just down the road from Hudson Woods in Accord, NY, as well as debuted a new collection of furniture and lighting focusing on elemental materials such as marble, parchment, porcelain, un-lacquered brass and leather. Several of the standout pieces from this collection, along with the L’Arc sconce and Oculus mirror which are included in the Hudson Woods show house are highlighted below.
If you are not yet familiar with Materia Designs, they are a Hudson Valley based design firm which strives to blur the lines between art, design, utility, work and life. Over the last several years, owners Megan Sommerville and Matt Ensner have developed an intuitive and responsive visual language, which informs their collections of furniture, lighting, accessories and a growing portfolio of residential and commercial interiors projects. Their new 4500 sq ft space brings everything that they do under one roof; housing a showroom, design studio and a full workshop where all of their hand-crafted items are produced.
For their new collection, Materia focused on several new finishes for their Canal and Flume steel side tables. Canal features a two shelf design perfect as a bedside table or occasional table, and is now available in gorgeous Calacatta Gold and Carrera marbles, as well as a host of Northeastern hardwoods including Black Walnut, Thunderwash Ash and Ebonized Red Oak. The Flume nesting tables are also available in many types of wood, and come in three easily configurable sizes, which can be either nested together or pulled apart into a myriad of looser arrangements.
This year Materia also collaborated with Kingston, NY ceramicist Andrew Molleur to create ONAM, a slip cast porcelain vessel designed to compliment the modern, almost humorous silhouette of the serving platter Mano, shown above in Black Walnut. The trio’s collaboration on these table top items proved so successful that Materia expanded the use for these graphic and elemental vessels, creating the lighting collection Forchette.
This Forchette series, consisting of an asymmetrical wall sconce, small pendant and large chandelier, features raw brass armatures that bloom with hand cast porcelain shades. Available in graphite and natural porcelain, these fixtures were inspired by the clustered, asymmetrical arrangements of barnacles in nature, and are at once organic and urbane.
In addition, Materia’s reductive LOOP fixtures, the most stripped down of their new lighting collections, feature hand cut goat parchment shades which arc, gracefully suspended under thin bent brass armatures. Offered in a single pendant as well as a two-part chandelier, the LOOP collection’s inflated volumes reference exaggerated, draped silhouettes found in avant-garde women’s wear, and have a soft, almost kinetic quality.
The L’Arc sconce, which is installed in the downstairs sitting room of the Hudson Woods show house, features a gracefully arced brass arm with a calfskin shade poised on a hardwood armature. This lighting series, designed to be Materia’s answer to track lighting, can be mounted horizontally or vertically on the wall or ceiling, and comes in several calfskin shades, as well as Black Walnut, Ebonized Red Oak and Thunderwash Ash.
Also shown in the Hudson Woods model home, Oculus is a refined mirror that focuses on subtle detail and scale and features a beveled glass surface that can be paired with a number of locally sourced hardwoods.
Materia Design’s upstate showroom is located at 5010 Route 209 in Accord, NY and is open by appointment and they showcased their newest work recently at the Field + Supply event in High Falls, NY.