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Mater is a Danish design brand, founded by Henrik Marstrand 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. 



 


"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."

- Henrik Marstrand, CEO & founder




 

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.

F O R E S T  S T E W A R D S H I P  C O U N C I L  

The majority of the Mater collection is labeled and manufactured in FSCTM certified
wood. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and is an international, recognised
non-profit organisation. In an FSC-certified forest no more trees than the forest can
reproduce is felled, so the exploitation of nature is avoided. In addition, FSC
guarantee that flora and fauna are protected and that the people who work in the
forest are guaranteed education, safety and a fair pay. Read more at www.fsc.org