Established in 2005, Materious is the Chicago-based husband-and-wife studio of Stephanie and Bruce Tharp. The firm's name signals their interest in the phystical substances they use as well as the substantiveness of the pices they design. Their work ranges from the speculative to the ocmmercial, and in addition to their self-produced pieces, they do commissions for companies like Lighe Roset, Moet-Hennessy, The Art Institute of Chicago, Crate&Barrel, and Kikkerland.