Soft Matters is a research group created by Aurélie Mosse and Jean-François Bassereau in the fall 2015 within Ensadlab: the research lab of Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Centered on materiality concerns, the group explores how new materials and new technologies (as much as forgotten ones) can contribute to the design of a more resilient culture.
Soft Matters 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, object design, material science or biology.
The group has notably supervised the 1st French practice-based-led PhD in Fashion Design (Jeanne Vicerial, 2019) and articulates its current research around the 4 following axes:
(1) active materials (2) circular design (3) bio-digital crafting (4) sensory design.
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.