In the Odd Matter studio in Rotterdam, a couple of young rebels are promoting a primitive, material idea of beauty. With an unceasing sense of wonder Contemporary neo- Archimedeans, they prefer fusion to synthesis, starting from their own origins: she’s Dutch and he’s Bulgarian. We meet Els Woldhek and Georgi Manassiev – the Odd Matter – partners in life and work, in Rotterdam, Holland, where they founded their workshop in 2015. Still in their thirties, for them design means following their instincts, while being careful to break loose from their own limiting self- convictions. “We start from zero every time, as if we were novices,” they explain. But inspiration doesn’t follow special, unequivocal routes: it arrives from different worlds each time. “With Mass, for example, we discovered the infinite expressive potential of cork from the Var region in France. Having found out about the production limitations, we invented a mixture of cork with plaster and water that could be worked by hand.” That led to a collection of consoles and coffee tables with rock- like structures, but light as only cork can be.” Ancestral, rebel presences that fight against the myth of appearances. Primitive and authentic elements, aesthetically provocative, that promote a new idea of beauty.