Established in 2004 by Rhode Island School of Design Graduates, Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf, Uhuru is a furniture design/build company merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. Each piece produced by Uhuru is built by hand at their studio in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Uhuru’s mission is to create timeless pieces using materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, re-purposed, reused or otherwise rejected from their original function… pretty fabulous!
Uhuru has been internationally recognized for its innovation and has joined a vanguard of influential furniture companies from Milan to Tokyo that push the boundaries of contemporary sustainable furniture. All of the pieces featured on Uhuru’s website are beautiful! Here are a few that The Design Bee loves…
Above: Uhuru’s first outdoor line of furniture, Summer Snow, uses reclaimed snow fence from the western United States that has been aged for years in hot summers and freezing winters to give it an amazing grey patina. The line is a colorful mix of powder-coated steel tubing in simple, functional pieces.
Below: Never missing a design opportunity, Uhuru reclaims scraps of fine hardwood that have been discarded having been seemingly too small to use in furniture production. The Puzzle Bar Stool is made from short lengths of salvaged wood that are carefully pieced together, sanded, and hand-finished to a smooth shine.
Above: Designed by Jason Horvath, The Fenced-In coffee table is made from repurposed cast-iron fence pieces. It is inspired by the ornate Art Deco iron work in the Brooklyn brownstones in neighborhoods surrounding the Uhuru workshop.
Below: Also designed by Jason Horvath, The Sakura Coffee Table is a 3" wood top on solid 6" legs. It is embellished with hand cut recycled aluminum patterns applied with brass tacks.
Be sure to check out Uhuru for more of their amazing designs!
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