Matter is everywhere, existing in various states, often simultaneously.
Matter is everything around us, in everything we think and do.
Matter can be built, spoken, felt, thought and transformed.

Matter is a way of acting, creating agency, considering ideas and actions affect others and the world around you.

We are a team of makers, thinkers, builders, dreamers and doers…

We are Matter.

Partner

CHARLIE FIRESTONE

Erin believes design is a process of engaging with problems, opportunities, hopes and ideas. Through research and focus on found methods of making in temporal and physical contexts, she works to produce inherently meaningful, generative and prospective designs – redefining the role and definition of craft in contemporary design and construction. 

She has been recognized with an Autodesk BuildSpace Fellowship, AIA New England Design Honor Award, a Core77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A-plus awards, a Paul M. Heffernan International Fellowship, and a nomination for the EU Mies Van der Rohe Award.

‍Pellegrino holds a B.Arch. from Cornell University, an M.Arch. II from Harvard GSD, and an MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology.

Charlie is interested in engaging design at every level. He revels in the details and enjoys percolating design ideas down to material connections. He is committed to a responsible practice that considers the broad-reaching effects of design as it operates within social, economic, and environmental systems.

He is a registered architect in New York State and holds a B.Arch. from Cornell University, and an M.S. in Architecture with a focus in Public Interest Design from Auburn University’s Rural Studio.

Founder / Principal

ERIN PELLEGRINO

Matter is a design and fabrication studio shaped around the concept of building as a form of research, experimentation, and discovery. Led by Erin Pellegrino and Charlie Firestone, Matter believes that making and thinking are inextricably linked, and therefore occurring simultaneously and harmoniously. Matter strives to develop procedures and methods of creating that build in and upon memory.

The studio works across different scales and materials, spanning architecture, furniture, objects, and corporeal experiences. Matter takes a holistic approach, focusing on problem-solving through iteration and invention. The team is nimble, dedicated, and completely enmeshed in the design and making process, allowing Matter to move quickly and craft solutions that transcend the expected.
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