'Dome' table lamp by Todd Bracher for Mater
It might have been designed nearly three years ago, yet we still very much admire the purity of form and boldness of this table lamp created by a New York-based designer Todd Bracher. Composed of partly recycled aluminium shade and a steel base, ‘Dome’ was inspired by ‘the phases of the moon and its contrast between light and shadow.’ In 2009, the design was named the ‘Best Table Lamp’ in Wallpaper* Design Awards and the lamp is manufactured by a Copenhagen-based brand Mater, in one of Denmark’s few remaining workshops specialising in the spin forming technique. (more…)
Stool made from recycled aluminium by Mater
With this series of stools made from recycled aluminium the Danish manufacturer Mater is participating in the fair trade workshop SUSBIZ India managed and audited by the Danish Federation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises together with the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency. The objective of the project is to strengthen the ability of Danish companies and their Indian suppliers to create synergies between social and environmental improvements and core business.
‘High Stool’ by Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou (Space) is made from old car components and other waste and manufactured entirely by hand with the use of old traditional casting methods.
The most obvious way to produce sustainable and eco-friendly furniture is still the ‘old fashioned’ way – local materials and high quality locally manufactured. The Danish manufacturer Mater pays tribute to the ‘simpler time in our lives’. In 2008 it created together with Copenhagen based designer Søren Rose the ‘High School History Lesson’ series – a limited edition of furniture produced from recycled gym floorboards. With ‘Gymnasium’ they launched a mass-produced series that uses renewable pine and controlled Danish oak with water-based fixatives and varnishes. All pieces are manufactured by Denmark’s oldest cabinet makers Bruno Hansen carpentry.
'Gymnasium' oak edition
“Like its predecessor, Gymnasium honors its past while investing in the future. For every piece purchased, mater donates a percentage of the profits to promoting sports in developing countries, allowing a new generation to be inspired to play and create… For every one of the million of products we use to improve the quality of our lives, there are associated environmental, ethical and social consequences. while some products have a small environmental bearing, others consume finite resources in vast quantities and are produced under conditions of labour abuse and environmental damage.”
'Gymnasium' pine edition
'Gymnasium' old edition
to the ‘Gymnasium’ website