Soft Matters

Coordination :
Jean-François Bassereau, Prof., co-responsible of the group
Aurélie Mossé, PhD, co-responsible of the group

Soft Matters is a research group centered on materiality concerns created in 2015 within Ensadlab. Exploring how new materials and new technologies (as much as forgotten ones) can contribute to the design of a more resilient culture, the group focuses on a design-led and practice-based approach with a core expertise in the area of textile and material design, smart materials and sensory design but often overlapping with other disciplines such as architecture, fashion or object design or material science.

Placing the conceptualisation and materialisation of artefacts at the centre of its research, the group examines how the materiality of the soft (textiles, flexible materials, digital and biological technologies) influence the practice of design, affects our everyday spaces and practices, but question also its potential for the design of more sustainable futures. To do so the group favours an interdisciplinary dialogue, notably by developing collaborations at the intersection of science, design and engineering.