“I often question the nature of the elemental materials I work with. What makes a material valuable? What gives a material a cultural relevance? How can I physically or chemically manipulate materials into new forms? How did this material come to exist, and what will it be in time?” —JEFF MARTIN, DESIGNER
“I CANNOT BE AS STRAIGHTFORWARD AS SAYING THAT WHAT I DO IS JUST ARCHITECTURE. I AM WORKING WITH PEOPLE AND PLACE AT THE CORE, BUT THERE IS ALSO EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO THAT, FROM CLIMATE TO THE ENVIRONMENT TO CULTURE. IT’S SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST BUILDINGS.”
—Mariam Kamara, Atelier Masōmī
GRAY magazine No. 53, BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES
In this issue, we’ve invited creatives at every career stage to share their stories: a Japanese industrial designer who challenged the tenet of form versus function and went on to become one of the most prolific and influential designers of the 21st century; an internationally acclaimed interior designer who still deals with gender disparity; and designers from around the world who united around a common goal during mandatory quarantines, and whose relentless creativity sprouted new products, messages of hope, and limitless inspiration.