Material immaterial studio is built on the basic principles of exploring the bare beauty of materials. We are essentially minimalists, and our designs do not offer any utopian prescriptions, rather the approach has always been of what to leave out, rather than what to put in. We believe that this reduction process is what takes one through a mirror, emerging out on the other side to discover richness, like in the subtle differences between five shades of grey or in different textures of concrete.
In 1978, David Easton founded Rammed Earth Works and began to fashion the foundations of what would become the modern rammed earth movement. Today Rammed Earth Works is a consulting and artisan construction firm specializing in the technologies and formulations of stabilized earth across the globe.
Beginning in the mid 1970’s, lead in large part by Watershed Materials' sister company Rammed Earth Works, the practice of rammed earth began to experience a renaissance. Builders around the world refined the methodology and revived a lost art. Rammed Earth went from a status of “what?” to “wow!” It is beautiful, energy storing, low carbon, and durable. Watershed Materials had the idea to capture the beauty and sustainability of rammed earth and squeeze it into the size and shape of the common concrete block. More people would build with earth. The planet would be better off.
Landscape design, installation and maintenance. Our work ranges from residential gardens, rooftops and terraces to fine hotels and resorts. Based in New York City, we are founded on the importance of understanding our clients lifestyle and how best to integrate their needs into the exterior environment.
We seek to identify the unique character of every project, and design each space accordingly. We acknowledge the importance of a collaborative approach to design, and easily engage with our clients and other industry professionals. Our in-house installation team brings our designs to life, whilst ongoing attention by our horticulturalists ensure the gardens’ long-term success.
Simon is a former food editor and senior writer for Metro. After an eating tour that stretched from Ho Chi Minh City to Sansepolcro, Tuscany, he settled in London where he worked for Esquire and lived in a council flat two minutes’ walk from the Borough Market. He now freelances from Auckland for the likes of KiaOra (the Air New Zealand magazine), Monocle, Cuisine, Home New Zealand and Metro, where you’ll find columns on eating and drinking, as well as the occasional feature on topics as varied as bread and the politics of waste. His first book, Food Heroes, was published by Penguin in October 2012.
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