Matt Grigsby '05/ID
Founder of Ecolect
and Co-Founder of Anchor

Providence, RI

Matt graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Industrial Design. He has been practicing entrepreneurship since 2002 when he began freelancing. He started Design Awareness in 2005 which provided research and Industrial Design services to companies looking to better understand their customers’ and design products that would be efficiently targeted for success in their particular market. In 2007, Matt founded Ecolect which he runs to this day. Ecolect is a materials library and consultancy focusing solely on environmental solutions, working across many different disciplines including Architecture, Industrial Design, Fashion, Engineering, and Construction. The consulting work that Ecolect provides, centers around educating clients and providing them with material, technology, and design solutions which will improve the environmental performance of their business, products, and spaces.

Matt’s work was recently featured in the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Museum located in New York City. The 2010 show entitled, Why Design Now? is the fourth installation in the National Design Triennial exhibition series launched by Cooper-Hewitt. The show provides a sample of contemporary innovation, looking at what progressive designers, engineers, entrepreneurs, and citizens are doing in diverse fields and at different scales around the world. Matt has successfully completed projects for companies including Hasbro, Continuum, LG Electronics, Schick, Targus, and GM. His work has appeared in publications and media outlets such as the BBC, Metropolis, Dwell, Make, Architectural Digest, Land Rover Magazine, Core 77,, and Planet Green. His most recent work includes the adaptive reuse of a 13,000 sq. ft. building on the West Side of Providence, RI. Along with business partner and furniture designer Asher Dunn, the duo transformed the former abandoned hinge manufacturing plant into an incubator space geared toward the architecture and design community.

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