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  • D E S I G N C R A F T S M A N S H I P E T H I C S

  • Almost 10 years have passed since Mater was founded; what a journey it has been.

    From a start-up launch in the middle of a global financial crisis, to celebrating

    several recognitions, including Wallpaper* Best New Design Brand, right up to

    today, with an expanded collection available in more than 40 countries. Through

    stubbornness, entrepreneurial spirit, passion for timeless design and ethical

    commitment (or some might say, despite this), we have achieved great milestones.

    Mater means ‘mother’ in Latin. The name is the daily reminder of our small

    contribution to preventing the challenges ‘Mother Earth’ faces. Design influences

    how we as humans live our lives; it shapes values, culture and society. Unfortunately,

    we are increasingly aware that the choices made during design processes often

    have environmental consequences. However, as a manufacturer, we have the

    opportunity to rethink dubious practices and create ethical and sustainable design

    that minimises adverse social and environmental impacts.

    We do that by: focusing on the importance of using certified wood - we demand

    that production partners meet certifications; raising awareness of the impact

    of recycling waste, supporting traditional crafts and implementing sustainable

    business principles at several production partners, with independent, third party

    support. We do it because we have the utmost respect for the materials and people

    we work with - and because we care.

    This first edition of the 2016 catalogue marks the most ambitious launch of new

    products in the company history. By expanding our design and ethical footprint,

    we hope to reach even more design-focused consumers and clients that share our



    Henrik Marstrand, CEO & founder

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    I n t r o d u c t i o n 0 1

  • D E S I G N

    Creating classic, timeless and durable design is at the heart of the Danish design

    industry and we take pride in preserving this by commissioning designers of both

    Danish and international talent.

    Our aesthetic reflects our dedication to high-quality materials, a simple

    style and a colour scheme of calm, organic muted tones. Commissioned

    designers work with exquisite craftsmanship using genuine materials, such

    as certified wood, leather and natural fibres and focusing on clean lines and

    fine detailing. Simple, organic and modern shapes add an understated, yet

    interesting aesthetic appeal. The Mater collection is an ongoing interplay

    of exquisite design talent, shared wisdom from craftsmen and master

    artisans, sustainable techniques, premium materials and reflective insights.

    C R A F T S M A N S H I P

    With a distinct passion for wood and quality textures, we partner with master

    artisans, exploring both ancient and modern techniques. From old woodturning

    communities to the newest LED sources, we constantly explore materials and

    production methods that are friendly towards mother earth without compromising

    aesthetics. An ethical choice of material such as renewable or certified wood,

    recycled waste and low energy light sources is our source of inspiration. Great

    craftsmanship and pure materials produce quality and durability - making design

    that lasts a lifetime and ages beautifully, marking the passage of life.

    E T H I C S

    We care about using resources responsibly in our designs, as well as the quality

    of the materials we use, their durability, the timelessness of the pieces and the

    conditions in which they are manufactured. We care about the people we work

    with by implementing or motivating sustainable business principles within the

    production chain, as well as demanding that our rapidly growing base of committed

    production partners are properly certified.

    We care because within every one of the millions of products we use to improve

    our lives, there are associated environmental, ethical and social consequences.

    We want to inspire consumer behaviour and engage people in sustainable thinking,

    making design matter and reducing our ethical footprint.

    A b o u t 0 3

    C O N T R I B U T I N G D E S I G N E R S

    S P A C E C O P E N H A G E N

    M A I J A P U O S K A R I

    S O R E N R O S E

    T O D D B R A C H E R

    A Y U S H K A S L I W A L

    T H O M A S L Y K K E

    M I C H A E L W . D R E E B E N

    B Ö T T C H E R + H E N S S L E R

    S T O N E D E S I G N S

    J E A N - F R A N C O I S M E R I L L O U

    J E S P E R K . T H O M S E N & S A N N E T R A B E R G

    N I S F I S C H E R C H R I S T E N S E N

    A B O U T

    Mater is a Danish design brand, founded in 2006 with a strong vision to create

    timeless and beautiful design, based on an ethical business strategy. Through

    collaborations with an external base of established and fresh design talent,

    Mater combines exclusive high end furniture and lighting, with working methods

    that support people, local craft traditions and the environment. Designed for

    both commercial and residential use, we strive to avoid and minimise any adverse

    impact on society, by following ethical and sustainable production criteria and

    creating products that will both stand the test of time and inspire the consumer

    to cherish and savour them. Our core business philosophy is based on three key

    principles: design, craftsmanship and ethics, which emphasise our approach to

    the design industry.

    Winner of Best Debut Design Brand by Wallpaper* Magazine in 2008.

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  • DISC TABLE designed by Mater | Page 34 SHELL LOUNGE CHAIR designed by Michael W. Dreeben | Page 36

    LIUKU BASE PENDANTS designed by Maija Puoskari | Page 39

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    T H E M A T E R D I S C T A B L E is a new family of timeless and versatile side tables with a strong Nordic character. The

    balance between the minimalistic steel legs and the rounded

    table top in FSC certified oak, creates a classic and durable

    design. The table top is treated with a water-based, matte

    lacquer and is available in two sizes.

    T H E M A T E R S H E L L L O U N G E C H A I R has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the

    sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that creates

    an interaction of stability and dynamism. The leather stitched

    seat is inspired by traditional craft practices in North India,

    particularly saddle making.

    The Shell family is attempting to revitalise this skilled

    trade by providing leather-stitching artisans with a global

    market for their craft, thus encouraging them to pass it on to

    younger generations. The frame is crafted in solid FSC

    certified oak with a choice of three different water-based

    stains and two different quality leather tops.

    T H E M A T E R L I U K U B A S E P E N D A N T S is designed by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari. It is crafted in solid,

    FSC certified oak wood and stripped of excessive decoration,

    leaving focus on the simple design. The LED light source is

    hidden in the drop - or ball-shaped - design, which is treat-

    ed with matt lacquer. The two shapes constitute the base

    of the Mater Liuku Pendant, with an additional glass shade.

    The minimalistic design means the Liuku Base is ideal as a

    single pendant, aligned or in decorative clusters for both

    residential and commercial decor.

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  • BOWL TABLE designed by Ayush Kasliwal | Page 34 SHELL LOUNGE CHAIR designed by Michael W. Dreeben | Page 36

    BABY DOME LAMP designed by Todd Bracher | Page 40 BOX SYSTEM designed by Mater | Page 38

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    T H E M A T E R B O W L T A B L E reconciles old Indian craftsmanship with the simplicity of Scandinavian

    design. The table top, made of sustainably sourced

    mango wood is turned on a lathe, showcasing the skill of

    Kharadi, an Indian wood turning community and support-

    ing their local craftsmanship. The Bowl Table can stand

    alone or be paired as a side table vignette. The finish used

    on the table top is a lead-free, water-based PU lacquer.

    The legs are made of milled hollow steel rods and can be

    detached for ease of labour and transportation.

    T H E M A T E R B O X S Y S T E M is a storage solution with endless possibilities. The boxes are hand crafted

    from sustainably harvested Indian mango wood with a

    lead-free, water-based PU lacquer that respects the local

    environment. The system consists of boxes in a variety

    of sizes and three different finishes. The boxes can be

    arranged as room dividers, side tables or wall mounted for

    shelving set ups.

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    T H E M A T E R S H E L L L O U N G E C H A I R has a contemporary and elegant silhouette defined by the

    sculptural wooden frame and a “floating seat” that

    creates an interac