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Nonfiction & Material ConneXion Open Studio

June 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You’re invited to our studio + material library conveniently located in the heart of San Francisco.

Come hear from hosts Phnam and Mardis Bagley (Co-Founders and Creative Directors, Nonfiction) as they share the surprising plot twists that have happened as we’ve designed products and services – and firm – over the past seven years.

Come watch Dr. Andrew Dent (Executive Vice President of Research, Material ConneXion) as he shares the most recent exciting material innovations, their impact on the way that design has evolved, and its future impact on the way we create. Expanding on the ‘Plot Twist’ theme for this year, Material ConneXion is bringing its own take on the unexpected, the curveballs, the surprising turns and sometimes unintended consequences of materials innovation in design.

Then, we’ll have a panel discussion on “How to apply sustainability in your design practice” featuring Mardis Bagley, Dr. Andrew Dent, and special guest Xander Skieller from Lime. They’ll talk about the various ways change makers, design, engineers and scientists can help move the sustainability needle in the right direction.

Want more reasons to stop by? We’ll have experts from Material ConneXion giving tours of our in-house material library, and visitors will get to network with us and like-minded folks excited about the future of everything on our rooftop deck. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

We can’t wait to show you where and how we’re designing a better, more human future. Hope to see you there!

About the Panelists

Mardis Bagley is a Partner and Creative Director at Nonfiction. He’s a veteran industrial designer, having created products and experiences that change the world for the better. His efforts have garnered numerous patents, awards and hundreds of millions in investment capital. He has taught at the California College of the Arts in Sustainability and Social Impact and speaks internationally on the subject.

Dr. Andrew Dent, EVP of Materials Research at Material ConneXion and Chief Material Scientist at Material Bank, is known for his integrated approach to problem solving. One of the world’s leading authorities on materials in design, Andrew has helped clients from start-ups and Fortune 500 companies take their products and spaces to the next level through innovative material selection and a unique cross-industry perspective.

Xander Skieller is a product development leader who is a passionate advocate and practitioner of sustainable design methods. Experience at large factories in Asia have shaped his belief that our choices as hardware designers have a tremendous impact on people and the planet, and time in sustainable PD consulting have given him the tools to contribute to progress. Xander is currently applying this practice at Lime, where sustainable design contributes to the company’s overall mission to reduce the carbon impact of urban transportation.

And a surprise guest.

About Us

Nonfiction is an award-winning design firm made of industrial designers, architects, engineers, strategists, and storytellers. We create impact-focused physical products and experiences on and off planet Earth for clients like Intel, Anuevo, Halo Neuroscience, Motif Neurotech, and more.

Material ConneXion is the world’s leading material insights company with material library locations worldwide and advisory services that helps companies like Louis Vuitton and Logitech source materials that enhance the performance, aesthetic, and sustainability of their projects. We define the “what’s new and what’s next” in materials, and incubate new ideas so you can make smarter design decisions. We believe every idea has a material solution.


June 8, 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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