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A nod to the past and a modern eye for sustainability meet in Sophie Mirror, an elegantly perfect circle combining leather and wood from Danish brand Mater. Inspired by old barrels with their hammered nail detail, each of the mirror sizes is a different combination of wood finishes and black or tan leather, so they can be grouped in an eclectic mix if desired. Jean-Francois Merillou's design incorporates a recess around the mirror to create an illusion of floating within its frame made of sustainably produced Indian mango wood with an eco-friendly water-based finish.
“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.