In addition to its lofty stature, the Mater High Stool is called high for another reason. It might be said to be the result of high standards. Of course its high aesthetic standards are apparent the moment you lay eyes on it. More zen alter than back alley bar stool, its seat perches atop slender legs constructed entirely solid Indian Oak. And this is where the less apparent high standards come in - the ethical ones, because Mater is committed to ethical, sustainable and socially responsible design in accordance to the UN Voluntary Corporate Responsibility Initiative of the United Nations Global Compact. Which is a very wordy way of saying that real people in India make these stools from sustainable materials and get paid fairly for their labor. How’s that for a stool that hits all the high notes?