Founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand, Mater has been recognized and applauded as a global pioneer for creating sustainable, eco-conscious, and socially responsible designs. With a name derived from the Latin word for "mother", this Copenhagen based company operates on three key principals (design, craftsmanship, and ethics) that rings truth to its name. Having developed a strong moral code, in partnership with the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Confederation of Danish Industries, and gained the support of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mater is able to maintain their social responsibility by promoting international humane programs that allow for local crafting traditions (within underprivileged areas) to continue through employment opportunities. However, Mater's overall responsibility does not end there; Mater's eco-consciousness and sustainable methods not only reduces the company's environmental impact but avoids the exploitation of nature as well.
Mater's strength in modern design and durable products equals that of the company's moral stand-ground. With such beautiful pieces that stand apart, enjoying them has never been so guilt free.
As one of India's hippest designers, Ayush Kasliwal has cobbled together a style that marries contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship. Kasliwal developed his aesthetics while studying at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad. Inspired by both Rajasthan artisans and ancient crafts, Kasliwal uses stone carvings, marble, bird cages, beaten brass and mirror when making his "artefacts". His main goal is to produce objects that are as utilitarian, as they are fun. A quick browse through his products reveal his funky take on everyday items such as tables made from wires and candlesticks created out of stones. Kasliwal has mastered the unique ability of applying modern visual sensibilities to traditional fabrication methods and creating objects that highlight India's hip design scene.View other products by Ayush Kasliwal