Mater Design proves that elegance lies in simplicity. Their minimalist designs are inspired by classic pieces, painting iconic forms in a new light. Mater was founded in 2006 by Henrik Marstrand with the goal to launch a brand rooted in timeless design but based on ethical business strategies. Mater is based on strong principles, combining well-designed furniture with business methods that support people, local craft and tradition, and the environment. The company works with established designers, as well as young, emerging talent to create its commissioned collections. Each collection is suitable for contract and residential work. In 2008, Mater won the "Beset Debut Design Brand," awarded by Wallpaper* Magazine. It is also a member of the United Nations Global Compact, a policy initiative for businesses that align themselves with human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption principles, and is actively involved in sustainability projects. Haute-Living is Chicago's premier Mater Design representative.