Curation and Realisation of A Second Life Exhibition for London Design Festival 2019

A Second Life


Curation and Realisation of A Second Life Exhibition for London Design Festival 2019

Mercante Testa
Matteo Brioni
Completed in 2019

Sketch, London


PiM Studio


Brodie Neill, Matteo Fogale & Emma Archer, Studio Furthermore


Matter of Stuff




During London Design Festival 2019 Matter of Stuff launched A Second Life exhibition at sketch London, the iconic artist-conceived food and drinks destination in London’s Mayfair.

Commissioning one architecture and three design studios, Matter of Stuff presented an array of experimental new works made from a single raw material. In preparation for the exhibition, PiM.Studio, Brodie Neill, Matteo Fogale and Emma Archer, and Studio Furthermore have transformed 5,000 cylindrical Burbridge pine dowels provided by Matter of Stuff to make a resolute and ongoing statement about the infinite possibilities of sustainable design, upcycling and waste avoidance.

Matter of Stuff Exhibition at King's Cross for London Design Festival 2018. Designed by Raw Edges

The dowels measuring 2,400mm in length with a 15mm diameter were originally used by Matter of Stuff in 2018 for a pop-up gallery it opened in Kings Cross. Hand-punched and threaded with string, each dowel was hung individually from a ceiling mesh to create a floating vertical wall that divided up space while keeping each ‘room’ relational to the other. In place of recycling the material through mulching, Matter of Stuff commissioned four designers to reinterpret, explore and experiment with the material to create new sculptures while maintaining some of the structural integrity of the original.

From left: Dowels installation by Architects; Latitude Bench by Brodie Neill
From left: Papillon screen by Matteo Fogale + Emma Archer; Light by StudioFurthermore
“By injecting new life into waste material to create varied and extraordinary sculptures for an iconic London venue, we want to make a statement that goes beyond the importance of sustainable design practices,” says Matter of Stuff cofounder, Simona Auteri. “Through four different iterations of reuse, we seek to redefine waste as a legitimate raw material with enormous potential for creative renewal.”
Simona Auteri & Sofia Steffenoni
co-founders of Matter of Stuff
Papillon Screens by Matteo Fogale
& Emma Archer
Close-up details of Light by Studio Furthermore
Maria-Chiara Piccinelli & Maurizio Mucciola
from PiM Studio
Designers Matteo Fogale & Emma Archer
Designer Brodie Neill