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. Founded by Angie West from Texas and Alberto Vélez from Bogotá, the studio reflects a distinctly contemporary American design approach born of the rugged landscapes of West Texas.

The Refractory wordmark features an inverted letter “R” that is also used as a brand monogram and maker’s mark for products. The word refractory means stubborn or unmanageable, depicted by the flipped R. 

Refractories are materials used in metal and glasswork foundries to resist the high temperatures encountered in furnaces and kilns. The brand 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