A collection made of bio-degradable Matek™
Consisting of coffee or wood waste in a mix withbiodegradable plastic deriving from sugarcane

Alder Collection

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We are finally ready to reveal a long-awaited collaboration with renowned designer Patricia Urquiola on a veryspecial project – making a collection in biodegradable material that can eventually return to nature. Extensive testing and development have enabled us to use bioplastics with our Matek technology.

What sets bioplastic apart from conventional plastic is that it is made using renewable resources instead of fossil fuels. The development of the Alder Collection is characterised by a shared exchange of experiences between Mater and Patricia Urquiola - and, above all, a collective commitment to sustainable design.

A collection made of bio-degradable Matek – consisting of coffee or wood waste in a mix with biodegradable plastic deriving from sugarcane.

We are finally ready to reveal a long-awaited collaboration with renowned designer Patricia Urquiola on a very special project – making a collection in biodegradable material that can eventually return to nature. Extensive testing and development have enabled us to use bioplastics with our
Matek technology.

What sets bioplastic apart from conventional plastic is that it is made using renewable resources instead of fossil fuels. The development of the Alder Collection is characterised by a shared exchange of experiences between Mater and Patricia Urquiola - and, above all, a collective commitment to sustainable design.

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Available in 4 colors 

The collection consists of two lounge tables in oval and square in the two colors, Biodegradable Sand and Earth Grey, and a side table
and a stool available in the four colours Biodegradable Sand, Earth Grey, Terracotta and Light Green.

The collection consists of two lounge tables in oval and square in the two colors, Biodegradable Sand and Earth Grey, and a side table and a stool available in the four colours Biodegradable Sand, Earth Grey, Terracotta and Light Green.

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Biodegradable Sand, a color which
is made of recycled coffee shells
mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Earth Grey, a color
which is made of recycled coffee shells
mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Light Green, a color which is made of wood waste mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Terracotta, a color
which is made of wood waste mixed
with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Sand, a color which is made of recycled coffee shells mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Earth Grey, a color which is made of recycled coffee shells mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Light Green, a color which is made of wood waste mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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Biodegradable Terracotta, a color which is made of wood waste mixed with biodegradable plastic.

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As for the material, the inspiration for the Alder collection comes from nature.
The shapes are inspired by the sinuous curves of trees and the delicate forms of leaves.Urquiola wanted to create a sense of connection with the natural world, apparent in both material and shape – wishing to bring some of nature’s beautyinto our living spaces.

All in earthy hues to underline the connection with nature. The series is imagined for indoor and outdoor use, reflecting the change in contemporary living patterns, where living spaces increasingly merge, and designsmust accommodate
this versatility

As for the material, the inspiration for the Alder collection comes from nature. The shapes are inspired by the sinuous curves of trees and the delicate forms of leaves.Urquiola wanted to create a sense of connection with the natural world, apparent in both material and shape –
wishing to bring some of nature’s beauty into our living spaces.

All in earthy hues to underline the connection with nature. The series is imagined for indoor and outdoor use, reflecting the change in contemporary living patterns, where living spaces increasingly merge,
and designs must accommodate this versatility

"The world calls for changes. I see a huge potential for change toward a more ethical and sustainable design, not only in materials but also in production, techniques, and sharing: these directions fascinate me greatly”

- Patricia Urquiola

"The world calls for changes.
I see a huge potential for change toward a more ethical and sustainable design, not only in materials but also in production, techniques, and sharing: these directions fascinate me greatly”


- Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola 


Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano (Technical University of Milan) where graduated under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. She worked with Vico Magistretti at De Padova and later as head of design at Lissoni and Partners.

In 2001 she founded her own studio in Milan, specialized in industrial product design, architecture, art direction and strategy consulting. As well as serving as creative director of Cassina since 2015, Urquiola collaborates with some of the world’s most important brands including Haworth, Louis Vuitton, B&B Italia, Moroso, Flos, Kvadrat, BMW, Starbucks and Ferrari among others.

Her work is exhibited in art and design museums across the world including the MOMA in New York, the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, the Triennale Museum in Milan, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art in Amsterdam and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She has given lectures at universities across the world, is part of the Advisory Board of Politecnico di Milano and the Scientific Committee of the Foundation of La Triennale Museum in Milan. She was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts, conferred on her by the Spanish government.

Discover all designs by Patricia Urquiola here