Founded ten years ago by Henrik Marstrand, Mater has carved out a new style of Danish design that combines distilled Nordic simplicity with a fresh raw edge. Reflecting Mater’s ethical and sustainable design approach, ‘Mater’ means ‘Mother’ in Latin, acting as a reminder that we all have a small part to play in preventing the challenges ‘mother earth’ faces. Fulfilling this mantra, Mater collaborates with craftspeople from all around the world, from mango wood turners in India to mouth-blown glass makers in the Czech Republic, to produce high quality products that will stand the test of time.
Through collaborations with a host of established and fresh design talent, Mater offers a varied range of high end furniture and lighting suitable for residential and commercial use. We asked the team at Cult to pick out their favourite pieces from the range, here’s what they singled out and why…
“I believe the Mater High Stool is the perfect combination of strong materials; wood, steel and of course leather – making a lasting and confident statement of masculine elegance." – Judson, Showroom Consultant.
“I love the look of one of Mater's new products – the Liuku Pendant light. I particularly like the one with the spherical timber top. It’s a simple, clean form, I like the contrast between the materials, timber and different coloured glass, and it’s LED! I can see it being used across many sectors – residential, hospitality and commercial.” – Michelle, Brisbane Manager.
“My favourite piece is the Bowl Table, it’s such an elegant design while remaining really practical. From a product design point of view, it’s a fully resolved and sustainable design – I like that it comes flat packed with legs that easily screw on and off for easy transport and installation.” – Sarah, Product Design.
“The Trumpet Coat Stand is the winner for me. It’s really tricky to find a coat stand that is both practical and beautiful, and I love its contemporary and sculptural take on traditional coat stand styles. Most designs these days require drilling into the wall, which is a no-go when renting, so its free-standing style is a big plus too.” – Anne, Marketing & Communications.
“The Bowl Table in a natural finish would have to be my favourite. It’s rare to see mango wood used in furniture design, and I love that no two pieces are the same thanks to the timber's rhythmic grain and colour variations. It’s important to support local skills and design sustainability, so I'm also drawn to the fact that the table is handcrafted by a wood turning community in India." – Rosie, Showroom Manager.
“The Luiz Pendant for the way it uses cork in an unexpected way. It’s not a material usually used in lighting, yet the final product is very elegant and refined.” – Karen, National Logistics Manager.
The full Mater collection is available at Cult, and can be viewed online here.