Recycled fish nets and ocean plastic waste, aluminum scrap metal, sustainable mango wood – these are the raw materials that define Mater’s design. Founded in Copenhagen in 2006, Mater is committed to long lasting sustainable furniture design. We’re proud to bring this exceptional brand to Modern Planet Insiders, who appreciate both style and sustainability.
Mater means mother in Latin, and is a daily reminder to the company of the Mother Earth they strive to protect in their sustainable furniture, lighting and accessories. Mater works with a range of designers who are equally committed to finding better ways of making beautiful design in a responsible way.
Recycled and upcycled raw materials
Using FSC certified wood and reused wood waste, Mater also upcycles aluminum, ocean plastic waste and post-industrial waste in their designs. Their designers create timeless furniture, that is manufactured with respect for people, local craftsmanship and the materials used. Scandinavian minimalism guides their design, in all its simplicity and durability.
Mater Nova Sea Chair
The Mater Nova Sea Chair has a light elegant shape and metal frames. It’s made from recycled ocean plastic waste, such as discarded fish nets. The fish nets are cleaned, and then turned into small plastic pellets called “green plastic.” The chair fits both residential and commercial spaces and comes with and without armrests and upholstery.
Mater Bowl Table
The elegant Mater Bowl Table is made of sustainably harvested mango wood. Mango forests are scattered all over India. Once the tree ends its productive life as a fruit tree, it’s cut down to make room for new trees. Instead of burning the wood, the mango is processed and dried at local workshops to be used as upcycled material in furniture. Once the productive life of an Indian mango tree is over, another one is planted to replace it.
The Bowl Table mixes the craftsmanship of old India with the simplicity of Scandinavian design. The table is turned on a lathe, showcasing the skill of Kharadi, an Indian wood turning community. The Bowl Table can stand alone or be paired as a side table vignette.
Mater Recycled Aluminum Stool
You’d never guess this stunning Mater Recycled Aluminum Stool is made from scrap aluminum, like old car components and bicycle wheels, gathered from across India. To produce a usable product, the aluminum waste is mixed with 30% pure aluminum and melted into bars. Skilled craftsmen in northern India then practice the ancient technique of sand casting, where sand is used as mould material. After the mould cavities and gate system are created by compacting the sand around the models, the melted metal is poured into the mould box to create the stool.
Mater The Dining Chair
The Mater Dining Chair is designed by the renowned design studio Space Copenhagen. The wooden frame is carefully crafted in FSC certified wood, which sustainably sourced from well managed forestry. With its organic, yet minimalistic style, the dining chair has a clear sculptural quality, making it almost a design object in itself.
The shape of the backrest, upholstered with a soft and durable leather, embraces the human body in a comfortable way so that it outweighs the need for armrests. This collection is characterized by balancing opposites — classic and modern, industrial and organic, sculptural and minimal, light and shade.
Mater Lounge Chair
Also constructed from wood sustainably sourced from well-managed forests, The Mater Lounge Chair, is classic, simple and sculptural. The backrest and seat are larger and generously rounded for a heightened sense of comfort. They are upholstered in a soft, durable leather that is fully supportive and comfortable without needing armrests. The curves embrace and support the body, with a backrest angled in a slightly upright position for a relaxed sitting experience.
From recycled fish nets to Scandi design, there are a lot of reasons to like Mater. Their goal is to change the perception of what good design is — pushing the boundaries of sustainability and aesthetics, caring for Mother Earth and next generations.