Manufacturing and selling contemporary designs in the United States have never been more difficult. Small businesses are often the only ones who take up the challenge, typically without government support. Meanwhile, local design gallery and retailer Matter produces its own line of lauded pieces, designed and produced stateside, called MatterMade. For After the Museum, Matter’s Jamie Gray will use MAD as a filter and educational platform to attract and develop new talents. Using an open call for portfolio submissions and MAD’s spaces to host critical workshops with guest Dan Rubinstein, Gray will select a tabletop design developed through the program to be displayed at the institution during NYC x Design. Gray will also potentially put the selected design into production for MatterMade.