studio sustainable matter is a material-based design and consultancy studio working interdisciplinary in the field of tension between product design, spatial design and research.
We explore and reimagine alternative materials in the context of the climate crisis and aim for „design that matters“ – projects that create value and have a positive social and ecological impact.
We investigate the possibilities and boundaries of locally sourced materials and raw matter through co-creative processes and craft-oriented design – a combination of local traditional knowledge and innovative design methods. By navigating the tension between old and new, vernacular design and highly innovative materials, novel solutions are created.
We drive towards a new understanding, perception and use of materials.
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Founder Melissa Acker studied Industrial Design at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, where she graduated 2019 with a diploma (German Master’s equivalent). During her studies, she took part in several inter- and transdisciplinary projects in cooperation with other universities as well as NGOs like Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Nigeria. In the summer of 2018 she was a student assistant at the Chair of Urban Design at ABK Stuttgart and undertook research trips including transdisciplinary workshops in Lagos (Nigeria) and Addis Abeba (Ethiopia).
She gained working experience as a product- and spatial designer as well as sustainable materials manager in international companies as well as local design agencies, like Festo AG, Adam Opel AG, IDAID and DFROST.
For several years she has been in charge of researching and implementing sustainable alternatives in the retail sector and has been a driving force in the development of the „Sustainably Made Spaces“ sustainability label for retail projects by VMM (European Visual Marketing Merchandising Association).
Since 2021 she is academic associate at HFT – Hochschule für Technik (University of Applied Sciences) Stuttgart in the study program IMIAD – International Master of Interior-Architectural Design, where she is researching and teaching on the topic of sustainable materials in architecture and design.
Her goal is to increase the ecological awareness and to impart material knowledge. She wants to advance the (experimental) research on alternative materials and show evaluation criteria in relation to different sustainability aspects. This knowledge is applied in conception and supervision of material-based seminars and design projects.
Her work has been published in several internationally renowned print- and online magazines such as md magazine, Konsept Projeler – Concepts & Projects and designboom, has won international awards focused on sustainable design, and has been exhibited multiple times.
Melissa Acker passes on her experience in lectures, workshops, seminars and circular design consultancy.
Awards & Nominations
2022 – 10. Recycling-Designpreis | Ausgezeichnete Ideen
2021 – New Material Design Competition by KHALIL | Winner Best Industrial Material
2021 – Creative Conscience Award | Winner Silver Award
2018 – Green Concept Award for „MAJA“ | Selection
2018 – Green Concept Award for „leftover materials“ | Selection
2018 – Creative Conscience Award | Shortlist
2018 – Competitionline Campus Award | Winner
2017 – campusWELTbewerb | Winner of the year at the Award for Global Sustainability at Universities in Baden-Württemberg
07/2023 – Einblick / Ausblick 2023, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel
06/2023 – Innenansichten 2023, HFT Stuttgart
05/2023 – interzum cologne 2023
03/2023 – Blickfang Designmesse Stuttgart
02-04/2023 – MAKK | Museum of Applied Arts Cologne: „Between The Trees“ – Urban Greenery, Art and Design
11/2022 – Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten: exhibition „10. RecyclingDesignpreis – Ausgezeichnete Ideen“
06-10/2022 – Marta Herford – Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design: Ausstellung „10. RecyclingDesignpreis – Ausgezeichnete Ideen“
06-09/2022 – KHALIL Design Week | Material Hall: New Material Design Competition by KHALIL Design / Got Talent, Young Professionals
2018 – Green Concept Award @ Designers‘ Open Leipzig
2017 – „REGATTA“ as part of the exhibition series „Design now!“ at EnBW City Headquarter Stuttgart
2014-2018 – RUNDGANG @ Stuttgart State Academy of Arts and Design
05/2022 – lecture „reduce – reuse – recycle – rethink: sustainable materials in architecture and design“ @ KHALIL Design Week
2019-2021 – Monthly Green Material @ DFROST Retail Identity
since 2022: several teaching projects at HFT Hochschule für Technik (University of Applied Sciences) Stuttgart, Istanbul Technical University and Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel