Utopia & Utility

Combining function and fantasy

 

We believe that everything that deserves to be made; deserves to be made well. 
From the process to the finished objects, our motivation is to enrich life through beauty.
Our product philosophy at Utopia & utility is to combine traditional materials in innovative ways that change conventional perceptions. 
Crafts is at the heart of everything, we work closely with various European makers to develop and produce all our pieces.

The U&U Team

Founded in 2012 by siblings Pia and Moritz Wüstenberg , we work together with our team and craftsmen to grow a business with integrity and good intentions, wishing to highlight the beauty of craft and the value in tacit skills.

Pia Wüstenberg is a Product Designer with a background in materials and craft. She graduated from the Royal College of Arts in 2011 and has been running her own studio piadesign in East London since. Pia is the creative director and designer at Utopia & utility.

Moritz Wüstenberg is a Biochemical Engineer specialized in environmental engineering and energy law. He has a passion for science and nature and combines this in his own organic distillery. Moritz is the MD at Utopia & utility, responsible for our finance, logistics and business affairs.

Ranee Lachaize is our customer and sales force! She has a background in literature and management and organises all the practical aspects of a sale and product selection. She understands what we do in and out and travels the world to take care and promote our customers and products.

The team also includes Bastian Jöhnk.  Basti is responsible for the upkeep of our stock and warehouse. He is also our full time craftsmen and the maker of most of our Processed Paper products.

Kaisu Wüstenberg, our mom, is our steady helping hand in packing and every day running of the business, including cooking lunch for the team.

Since summer 2015, we have been joined by Lesia M. Zuk as an active board member. Lesia has a strong background in brand and product management as well as retail.  She will help us in forming the future of Utopia & utility through her company Brandpassion in Copenhagen.

 

 

 Our Craftsmen

Everything we do is shaped by the hands of a maker.
Whether it’s glass blowers, carpenters, ceramicist, metal spinners or most recently, cork experts, we find the talent that is needed in small, specialised European workshops.

An Utopia & utility product travels through many hands before it reaches our warehouse in Germany. Things need to fit together precisely and each craftsman secures that they do just that.

 

 
 
Pia making glass in Wiltshire

Pia making glass in Wiltshire

 
Moritz and Basti at the warehouse in Germany

Moritz and Basti at the warehouse in Germany

 
Ranee at the studio

Ranee at the studio

 
Kaisu packing

Kaisu packing

 
Lesia in the studio

Lesia in the studio

 
Glass Making in the UK

Glass Making in the UK