Materious is a design studio of the American married couple Stephanie and Bruce Tharp. Both designers work together in Chicago since 2005, creating products that build relationships with the customers.
Stephanie Tharp studied mechanics before she worked as development engineer for Ford. After two years of work for the vehicles manufacturer, the American started studying again and graduated at the Rhode Island School of Design with a Master of Industrial Design. In Chicago, where Materious is based, Tharp teaches design.
Besides his doctor title in Anthropology, Bruce Tharp also has a Master in Industrial Design. He also teaches Design in Chicago. The similar, but still different careers and interests of the couple, their designs are ideally completed mutually.
Materisous works based on the ambiguity of the English word “materious”, which refers to the physic presence of an object as well as on the meaning and the relevance of it. The Tharps especially focus on the relationship of their products and the user.
The Chicago design studio already worked for many namely brands and they also produce and distribute their own creations.
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