"Materials often hold surprises just waiting to be discovered by those who use them - creatives with experience, talent and know-how. It's up to them to push the envelope, to see where and how far a material can go. Selecting a material is the first step. The processes that follow run the gamut from cutting, piercing and polishing to shaping, assembling and declaring the project completed. Each essencial operation - the designer with know-how often treads a long, complex and delicate path - is geared to the composition of the material in question. Specialized knowledge that brings out the full potential of a material is rare and prized."
Extracted from: MATÉRIO: 2006, Material World 2 Innovative Materials for Architecture and Design, Birkhäuser,