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Material Institute

Material Institute is a free education and community space dedicated to the design and manufacture of textiles and fashion in New Orleans. The Institute’s education programme focuses on hands-on experimentation, drawing on craft techniques, technology and international expertise.

Co-founded and designed by London-based architects and artists Assemble and, commissioned by MONA, it involved the transformation of a former car mechanics’ garage. Sections of cinder blocks were removed and large windows added, leaving a series of visible openings with rugged edges. The workshop furniture was designed and welded on site by Assemble, who continue working with staff and students to develop the schools programme.

Designed by Assemble with Material Institute and MONA.

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Image credit | Assemble

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Image credit | Assemble

Beazley Designs of the Year

Explore the best designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, nominated by design experts and the public.

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