Following our 'Ethical Luxury' post back in August, we thought we might give you a little background into the fabulous Mater Accessories Collection...
A favourite of design seekers around the world, Mater (Latin for Mother) founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand, is a Copenhagen-based company with a strong vision to create top quality, timeless, beautiful home accessories based on an ethical business strategy and work methods that support people, local craft traditions and the environment.
High Stools in Hotel Distrito Capital Mexico, designed by Paris based architect Joseph Dirand.
Dome Lamp by Todd Bracher won 2008 Wallpaper Magazine Table Lamp of the year.
Mater's commitment to ethical, sustainable and socially responsible production follows the principles of the UN voluntary corporate responsibility initiative – the United Nations' global compact. Currently producing in China, Vietnam and India all factories and workshops will be audited by a third party danish team that has been specially trained.
High stools in production - local craftsmen doing the final polishing.
Shade light - local craftsman applying the special hand hammering technique.
One example of Mater's working method is the creation of the marble/wood collection of candelabras and bowls by American designer Todd Bracher. the entire collection, consisting of marble stone and wood, was developed on site in Jaipur province, India, in close collaboration with a local partner AKFD Studio and local craftsmen. The chosen marble and wood are unique to the region and present the highest quality of materials and production, but by no means are rare or endangered.
Ready marblewood part at local workshop.
Black and White Marble Fruit Bowl.
Black and White Two way candle holders.
Designer Todd Bracher states "Working with mater is a chance for a designer to connect with local artisans to exchange ideas. With globalization the world is losing indigenous crafts, which is why an awareness of preserving such crafts is increasingly important."
This beautiful Mater Collection is available throughout Australia and New Zealand from Corporate Culture.