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Issue 4.1

Materials in Progress: Innovations for Designers and Architects

Jellyfish chips, plastic-eating bacterium, chicory-root nylon, artificial cartilage made from recycled denim fabric, and grass condoms. Eliciting disruption and sensation concurrently, these are just a few of the many material innovations that Sascha Peters and Diana Drewes present in Materials in Progress. Peters and Drewes curate a material catalog that skirts the liminal space between the familiar and unfamiliar, the everyday and extraordinary. Through this volume, they provide a collection that spans from commodities (the raw material) to things (the product or object) and spaces (the environment). By doing so, they characterize a fascinating and rapidly expanding material world that is best described as vital.