Sophie Rowley (*1986 in New Zealand) is a material designer based in Berlin.
With an academic background in textile design, she completed the MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins in London in 2014. She has been working internationally for several studios and companies from different industries including Alexander McQueen, David Chipperfield, Diane von Furstenberg, Nissan, Faye Toogood and Godrej & Boyce.
Through an endless process of research and experimentation, she pushes the physicality of materials to their limits, revealing new features and hidden unexpected aesthetics. Using a wide range of techniques, her approach focuses on sustainability and innovative material development.
She explores alternative sources and methods of material production by developing speculative inventions that could find applications in the future. With her bespoke material studies and concepts she helps brands repurpose their own waste in more unique and experimental ways and looks beyond the standard aesthetics found in recycled materials.