Material Immaterial Studio is a Mumbai-based design studio specialising in concrete homeware and accessories. Their latest collection in concrete is a series of furniture hardware called MIRAGE, which is inspired by the works of architect Carlo Scarpa (2 June 1906 – 28 November 1978), an Italian architect influenced by the materials, landscape and the history of Venetian culture and Japan. He is perhaps most notably known for his renovation for the Museo Castelvecchio, in Veron, Italy, completed in 1964.
Material Immaterial Studio’s MIRAGE series is made up of concrete handles, knobs, and robe hooks, all of which aim to create character through light and shadow. Some of the pieces, with a zigzag pattern, are meant to reduce the heaviness of the concrete material, making it seem light and delicate, while other pieces are meant to express a sense of solidity.
In describing the design and what inspired the collection, the studio had this to say: “We at the Material Immaterial studio have designed these concrete handles and knobs that we fondly call MIRAGE. The collection strives to capture the essence of some of the space defining elements from Scarpa's works. This series would adorn your home and furniture for years to come and is bound to evoke your senses every time one comes in contact with it.
“Both light and shadow come together and give precedence to the tactile elements that define a space. These elements being sharp and robust seem soft to touch, they exclude then enclose, admitting light, wind and a curious visitor, who leaves behind the disorder of every day existence to be sheltered in this realm of illusion. This play of light and shadow is what one experience when walking through the works of Carlo Scarpa.”
Previous work from Material Immaterial Studio include SPACES, a set of miniature concrete pieces.