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Dutch Design Awards 2022

Articulated Matter

Leo Maher

Articulated Matter

Leo Maher (Design Academy Eindhoven, 2021) is a British designer currently living in the Netherlands. His work gathers research from material cultures, past and present, and the stories to which they are linked. His graduation project Unfamiliar Passions explores the history of homosexuality and the means, legends, euphemisms, signals and behaviour that are associated with it, whereby he seeks to expose a limitless history of queer legends. In Articulated Matter (2022) he uses ornaments on sleek, contemporary cubes that represent a library of heritage and fusion. Maher believes that equipping ourselves with a means or a method is inherent to designing an object; every design starts from a symbolic framework.