For restless activity, there are not always the most beautiful descriptions, but it is like everything in life, always a question of the perspective. For me personally, it means being open to the readiness and curiosity for new things, moving into unknown terrain and trying to think in a different direction. Twice a year I am pleased to receive an invitation to the press days of Agentur Impulse bc. The agency represents Nordic companies with a great history and the demand for quality. On the last Pressday in Hamburg, my attention remained on the furniture of a Danish design brand based in Copenhagen – Mater. Typically Scandinavian style, but nevertheless the minimalist design, especially the materials wich are used for the production arroused my curiousity.
Mater, like some of their Danish comrades-in-arms, has a fine hand for design, which probably lies in the history of design itself. With a blend of old-established designers and new talents, Hight End Interior is associated with craftsmanship tradition. What impressed me most, however, was not only the strong design philosophy and the great craftsmanship with which the individual products are created, but the awareness and the claim to work primarily with sustainable materials. Materials such as recycled plastic and wood from old mango trees find a new place in the design of Mater. On my last visit to Copenhagen, I wanted to learn more about Mater, see who’s behind the label, and look have a look at the still-new showroom in Norrebro.
The managing director and founder Henrik Marstrand together with architect & designer Eva Harlou are mainly the heads behind the Danish Designlable. With both of them, I talked about the challenge of working with recycled materials, keeping function, aesthetics and of course, quality at a high level.