Native New Yorker Todd Bracher, founder of Todd Bracher Studio LLC, is a designer and strategist currently based in New York City after a decade working in Copenhagen, Milan, Paris and London. Todd has collaborated with some of the most prestigious brands around the world from furniture and object design to interiors and architecture. Todd has been pinned as "America's next great Designer" as well as received nominations for International Designer of the year in 2008 and 2009. His experiences range from working independently, heading Tom Dixon's Design studio acting Professor of Design at l'ESAD in Reims France, to having been appointed Creative Director of the Scandinavian luxury brand Georg Jensen. Todd explains: "Working with Mater is a chance for a designer to connect with local artisans to exchange ideas. With globalization the world is losing indigenous crafts which is why an awareness of preserving such crafts is increasingly important. They're not only expressions of our cultural diversity; they also represent a wealth of experiences and know-how that are essential resources in developing novel concepts and designs."