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This version of Danish brand Mater's Shell seating is particularly suited for lingering at the table. Upholstered in a durable and stain-resistant pigmented leather called Ultra, as conceived for everyday use in a collaboration between the Copenhagen design brand and Danish supplier Sorensen. Beyond that, the sinuous and uber-comfortable curved silhouette reflects its American designer Mike Dreeben's academic training as a sculptor as well as his study with master woodworkers. Foam-backed for added softness, the rich leather upholstery in a range of potent hues is a fine match for the oak base in lacquer white, matte black stain or sirka grey stain.
“I wanted to launch a brand that has a strong vision to create timeless and beautiful design, based on an ethical business strategy,” says Henrik Marstrand, the chief executive and founder of Mater, the Danish design brand. Named for the Latin word for “mother,” the company signals a return to meaningful values of sustainable, eco-conscious and socially responsible design, Henrik says, and away from the self-conscious pursuit of “name” products that can confer a false sense of status. For its collections of lighting and furniture, Mater looks to both emerging talent and established designers as well as working methods that support local craft traditions, laborers and the environment. A member of the United Nations Global Compact, Mater has also been named Best Debut Design Brand by Wallpaper magazine.