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Mater Shell Lounge Chair

mater shell lounge chair

mater shell lounge chair

Design Michael Dreeben, 2011
Oak FSC certified wood, saddle leather seat, water based stain
Made in India by Mater

The Shell Chair is designed by the American designer Michael Dreeben and inspired by traditional craft practices in North India, particularly saddle making. Exquisite saddles have been produced in India for centuries and although some horse culture persists, it's disminshing as India becomes more technologically developed. The Shell Chairs attempt to incentivize this skilled trade by providing these artisans with a new market for their craft, and hopefully encouraging them to pass it on to younger generations. The shape of the chair is an homage to Scandinavian design of the mid-twentieth century and embraces some of its core values: it's clean of lines and is intended to emphasize the leather and it's deeply comfortable.

Highly skilled artisans operating from workshops and small cooperatives in the Jaipur Province have crafted the chair. the workshop has actively participated in the fair trade program Susbiz India, externally managed and audited by the Danish federation of small and medium-sized enterprises. The wooden frame is crafted from FSC certified wood with a water-based stain and respects the local environment.

Founded in 2006, Mater is a Danish design brand with a strong vision to create timeless and beautiful design based on an ethical business strategy. Mater combines exclusive high end design with working methods that support people, local craft traditions and the environment.

After completing an MFA in sculpture at the University of Chicago, Michael W. Dreeben pursued apprenticeships with master woodworkers and was later awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study traditional craft and woodworking in Rajasthan State in North India. Upon returning from India, he continued to pursue a range of design interests, and co-founded and operated Accuslab, LLC.. His work reflects sculptural sensibility, thoughtful engagement with material, and wide ranging design and production experience.

The Shell Lounge chair is offered in oak wood in three finish options with a choice of leather upholstery.

Shell Lounge chair: 29.5" h | 21.3" w | 18.1" d | seat: 13.8" h

$950.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(usually ships in 8-10 weeks)

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