Meet The Makers: Material Immaterial

About Material Immaterial:

Welcome to Material Immaterial studio, where we explore the bare beauty of materials like concrete, papier-mâché, wood and brass. All our products are Architecture inspired and are ideal for architecture and design enthusiast to be used as jewellery, home décor and collectibles. They can be a statement-making gifting option for your loved ones.

Our handcrafted miniature concrete homes ‘SPACES’ evoke your imagination each time you glance at the different facades defined by volumes and voids that give the human imagination a glimpse into what could be lying inside.

A series of miniaturized architectural ‘ELEMENTS’ made in concrete become stunning cufflinks and earrings. The Elements collection work as excellent conversation starters.

The ‘MIRAGE’ collection is a series of architectural handles and knobs inspired from the works of Carlo Scarpa, where one is unable to differentiate the thick from thin and space from the void. This collection is a favorite amongst space enthusiast.

The ‘CHIMERA’ collection are miniature concrete models of impossible spaces, defined by solids and voids in different planes. The effect of these pieces is almost magical and they never miss to catch the attention of a curious onlooker.

All our products are designed and built at our studio here in Mumbai, India. Since these are handcrafted each piece has its own unique texture and apperance. In fact no two pieces coming out of our studio are identical.

Welcome to Material Immaterial studio, where we explore the bare beauty of materials like concrete, papier-mâché, wood and brass.

Meet The Makers

Q: What inspired you to begin your collection?

Our collections are mainly architecture inspired, we take inspiration from elements in architecture, the play of form, light and shadow, We love brining them together and weaving them into stories, and coming up with some unique collections example : ‘SPACES’ which is a set of nine miniature homes which can be arranged and rearranged to form interesting combinations.

Q: Describe your creative process. Where do you start?

We sketch or play with clay and come up with a set of draft designs, we make paper models or detailed clay models of these designs to then come up with a more detailed design with witch the initial prototypes are made for testing and sampling. This process could go on for a few weeks or months, till we finalize the designs and come up with the final product.

Q: How do you maintain your creative drive?

We spend a lot of our time traveling, reading, spending time exploring the old markets in the city, sketching, We love exploring museums, old forts and buildings in ruins.

We spend a lot of our time traveling, reading, spending time exploring the old markets in the city, sketching, We love exploring museums, old forts and buildings in ruins.

Q: What materials do you love to use?

We love exploring a wide range of materials, currently we are toying with concrete, papier-mâché, wood and brass

Q: Every product has a story. Is there a story behind one of your pieces that stands out to you?

When designing the ‘SPACES’ collection we came across numerous facades that we tried and came across quite a few interesting combinations with interesting roofs and vaults which were unused at that time as they were more suited in a community like gathering, which then gave rise to our later series ‘ENSEMBLE’

Q: Do you have a dream collaborator?

Thomas Heatherwick, he’s amazing!

Q: What are some of the challenges that you face as a maker?

Sourcing the right materials, getting the right people for certain delicate works.

Q: How do you use social media to promote your work?

We are fairly active on Instagram and Facebook, we also use Pinterest sparingly.

Q: Where do you see your shop/project going?

We would like to come out with new projects currently in the pipeline, collaborate on projects with other designers and architects.

Q: What are you working on right now?

We are working on a project which is to bring awareness on water conservation/water catchment methods used in bygone days in India.

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