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CRISTIAN BRANEA // MATERIA

Who's who / 25 Sep 2017 / RDW team
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  • CRISTIAN BRANEA // MATERIA2017 // O FAMILY - KITCHEN BOARDS
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HISTORY
With a background in philosophy and political philosophy, Cristian Branea PhD is a self-taught designer and entrepreneur in the field of creative industries. After wining the biggest social enterprises competition in Romania in 2014, he founded MATERIA, a design and manufacture company based in Bucharest. The brand and first products were launched at BIFE-SIM in September 2014. A new capsule-collection of products was launched at IMM Cologne, the International Interior Show in January 2016, and it is now available for sale in shops and concept stores all over the World, from USA to Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

ROMANIAN DESIGN WEEK APPEARANCES

2017 // THREADS OF TRADITION @ VIENNA DESIGN WEEK // O FAMILY - KITCHEN BOARDS by ELIZA YOKINA
MATERIA, the producer of these objects, aims at bringing back and valuing the human makers in products that are personal, expressive, and bearing the artisan fingerprints. The traditional craftsmanship is mixed with experimental procedures to transform the matter into statement pieces with unexpected textures. The kitchen boards are inspired by the non-geome¬tric and imperfect forms that are found in nature and have a feminine character, which usually dominates the home kitchen. They are produced in wood workshop using handmade procedures resulting in a soft wood form.

2016 // ALKAR
ALKAR is a dining table in charred and brushed solid exotic wood of an impressive thickness (80mm), oil finished. The base features a detail in brushed solid brass, surface left untreated to allow the material to mature and tarnish with time. This object is part of Materia, a series of unconventional statement pieces characterized by material richness, geometric simplicity and handcrafted details.

2016 // ORWADH
Dining table in solid wide walnut slabs with live edges and brass details (stitches). Table base in black powder coated steel. This object is part of Materia, a series of unconventional statement pieces characterized by material richness, geometric simplicity and handcrafted details.

2016 // MALTHEN
Twin coffee table in charred and brushed solid exotic wood of an impressive thickness (80mm), oil finished. The tabletop is a sheet of solid brass that has been distressed and then mirror polished. The surface has been left untreated to allow the material to mature and tarnish with time. This object is part of Materia, a series of unconventional statement pieces characterized by material richness, geometric simplicity and handcrafted details.

2016 // FAUG
Stools in charred and brushed reclaimed oak beams, with a geometric detail in solid brass. This object is part of Materia, a series of unconventional statement pieces characterized by material richness, geometric simplicity and handcrafted details. This object is part of Materia, a series of unconventional statement pieces characterized by material richness, geometric simplicity and handcrafted details.