A selection of recent and past projects by graphic designer Jeremy Matthews. Full profile

I acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of these lands and custodians of country. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present. 

Revere the meaning of things.

Project description

Refractory is a furniture, lighting and object design studio based in Chicago. Refractory reflects a distinctly contemporary American design approach. One that is born of the spirit of the American West and holds in reverence the grand forces of nature as well as a rigorous design discipline.

The Refractory wordmark features an inverted letter “R” that also doubles as the letter “y”. The word refractory means “stubborn, resistant or counter-intuitive”. The R is also used as a stand alone monogram or maker’s mark.

In a foundry, refractory materials are used to resist the high temperatures encountered in furnaces and kilns. They are durable, stubborn materials that can handle all kinds of pressure. The signature yellow is derived from the colour of sulphur crystals and powder. Sulphur is a common element used in foundry processes.


Project credits

Creative Director
Brett Wickens

Design & concept
Jeremy Matthews

Brett Wickens
Jeremy Matthews

David Begler

Web design

Klim Type Foundry

Product photography

Landscape photography
Sarah Wilson
Inka & Niclas

Client team
Angie West
Tristan Butterfield
Alberto Vélez