The design objects explore rhythm and repetition as a means to transform materials.

The pieces materialize the concept of ostinato—a musical motif that persistently repeats in the same voice, frequently in the same pitch. A dimensional, linear, rigorous and repetitive pattern is over-imposed on the natural fiber of wood to create a modern, rich texture and an enhanced sense of materiality.

The Ostinato Tower is a tall cabinet with unexpected lines and volumes that, with its top-heavy structures, reference brutalist architecture. The cabinets, made of solid walnut or ash, feature two large compartments lined with mirror polished solid brass, glass shelves and a brass-covered drawer.

The Ostinato is a large-sized dining table in solid European Walnut with cylindrical legs displayed asymmetrically, some of which feature entirely or partially the ostinato pattern. The rounded lines are picked up by the tabletop, which also feature a very subtle bevelled edged as an unexpected detail.

The pieces are designed by Cristian Branea, the Co-founder and Creative Director of Materia Studio. Self-taught, with a background and PhD in Philosophy, Cristian established the brand Materia in 2014. The brand made its US debut in New York at ICFF 2018, when Materia was awarded “Best Furniture in ICFF Show” by the International Furnishing and Design Association (IFDA), the New York Chapter.

MATERIA is a furniture design studio based in Bucharest, Romania, with an in-house production facility located in Transylvania >