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Cristian Branea was born in 1976 in Brasov, a city in Transylvania, Romania. 

He studied contemporary philosophy, cultural studies, and has a Ph.D. in political ecology. 


A self-taught designer, Cristian created Materia Studio in 2014 as a design studio and manufacture company. His interest in materiality - be it the expressive power of natural raw materials, or the conceptual aspects of man-made, innovative engineered materials - is the main drive behind the brand and the products.


In the manufacturing process, Cristian works with a number of craftsmen and artisans from Transylvania, a region with a strong heritage in woodworking and craftsmanship.

Cristian's designs attracted international attention and were distinguished with numerous international design awards in Italy, United States of America, Singapore, Slovenia, and Romania. 

Photo by: The Fab Squad by Ioana Dodan

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