Mater is a Danish design brand, founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand who had 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.
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.
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 techniques, 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.
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.
Our core business philosophy is based on three key principles:
design, craftsmanship and ethics. 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.
“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