Our services


We probe material technology and design trends to uncover fundamental cultural, economic, and environmental insights. This knowledge enables the development of informed strategies for new products, assemblies, and resource streams.



We explore new material and design opportunities based on the study of influential trajectories in technological advancement. These speculations provide visual and/or tactile realizations of possible futures in the designed environment.


We disseminate important and useful knowledge about material technologies, sustainable strategies, and design innovation. This inculcated wisdom empowers organizations and individuals to connect specialized expertise to a broader context of social, financial, and ecological forces.

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What else we do


Reports for professional and academic audiences, industry surveys, and environmental assessments.


Material prototypes and color material finish (CMF) studies, speculative architecture and design works with immersive representations.


A range of learning opportunities including lectures, half-day or day-long seminars, and week-long intensive studios—with continuing education credit opportunities.


A one-man crusade to find, evaluate and report on new sustainable materials.

Alex Steffen
Alex Steffen alexsteffen.com

Traversing Mr. Brownell’s Web site is like browsing through a catalog of human ingenuity.

Amy Cortese
Amy Cortese The New York Times

Clients and Collaborators

We work with a diverse range of organizations representing a a variety of material endeavors and industries, including: 3M, Advanced Materials Council, Association for Contract Textiles, Danish Architecture Center, Danish Design Center, Delaney + Chin, Design Neoub, Department of Homeland Security, National Institute of Building Sciences, National Paint and Coating Association, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, Panasonic Corporation, Steelcase Corporation, Touchstone Energy, Trinity Consulting, Window and Door Manufacturers’ Association