EL: When choosing materials to work with, what’s most important to you and the team at A-COLD-WALL?
SR: There’s a balance of hand-touch, visual interest, and material composition that comes into play. Meshing these three principles to operate as a discovery system, or points of discovery technique, is something we apply to all materials within our studio. It’s a balance between expression, function and experimentation.
EL: What kind of materials do you find most inspiring?
SR: It varies, though there is a constant involved–that being specificity. It’s more an obsession with information, understanding process and compositions, and newness being ushered in. A constant through-line would be craft, time and innovation. It’s the properties behind a material.
EL: How do materials influence your design?
SR: Materials are used as code and signal nodes. Often materials that are selected or developed personify enquiries into case-studies, emotions, and values linked to our brand protagonists–the urbanite, the artist, the industrial designer.