Francesco Matera & Alessio Baldasseroni

Italy / ON STAGE


IED - Istituto Europeo di Design





The MATERIA project stems from the profound desire to regain a balance with what surrounds us, with the origin of things, with the ultimate meaning of life.
Such a will is configured in the search for a new harmony between man and the spatial and temporal dimensions.

In fact, MATERIA's mission is embodied in the overcoming of all social barriers: we build sustainable garments with functional aesthetics, designed to counter all forms of discrimination and all its possible declination. We exalt the true nature of the word fashion, which is a way, a mode, a way of understanding, perceiving and expressing a social instance: the need to fight for equality, for possibilities, the urgent need to give to anyone with forms of disability or other obstacles/impediments garments that are functional, social, with fluid, gender-less and sustainable aesthetics, guaranteeing strong technical and production innovations.

Part of our inspiration is rooted in the city of Matera, a unique, rock-carved, lunar environment that nurtures a peculiar relationship with antiquity: we cultivate an intense relationship with the past and at the same time we project ourselves into futuristic horizons.
We refer back to a specific historical period, to the Space Age culture of the 1960s (picking up its legacies from the following decades as well, especially coming from cinematography, think of films such as Odyssey, 2001, or even the connotations that the world of anime and manga have attached to the man-machine relationship): a time of struggles, rights, freedom; a time where awareness of the past became a stimulus to action for a better future.

We ennoble action and experimentation, and seek a new relationship with machines and technology: technology becomes support and integration, becomes humanized, and transcends pure mechanicism; prosthetics (understood as "the act of putting on the front") is not mere extension, but an integral part of our human dimension, bodily and otherwise.
The human-machine relationship, therefore, finds a new place, with particular reference to disability, for which technology is fundamental to everyday life.

Nature regains its space, balance finds its form in inclusion:
we want to take care of our Territory, which is not city, which is not nation, which is not continent, but is the whole and the relationship that exists between them, our common home, the Earth.
Ours is an existentialist fashion, a product son of the interaction of man and the different dimensions that make it so, the bodily, the spatial, the temporal, conjugated in unison.
Ours is an "adaptive" fashion.