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.
Crafts is at the heart of everything, we work closely with various European makers to develop and produce all our pieces.
Founded in 2012 by siblings Pia and Moritz Wüstenberg , at Utopia 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 Creative with a passion for materials and craft. She graduated from the Royal College of Arts Design Products course in 2011 and was running her own freelance studio in East London till summer 2017. After this her studio relocated to rural North Germany, allowing better access to the European Crafts and more time to dream. Pia is a freelance designer at Utopia & utility and owner of the brand(which involves everything from heavy lifting to drawing up new ideas).
Moritz Wüstenberg is a Biochemical Engineer specialised in environmental engineering and energy law. He has a passion for science and nature and combines this in his own organic distillery. Moritz is a multitasker, next to his own company and an almost complete PHD thesis, he is the MD at Utopia & utility, responsible for our finance, logistics and business affairs (all the boring and brainy stuff).
Ranee Lachaize is our customer and sales force! She has a background in literature and management and organises all the practical aspects of our sales and product selection. She understands what we do in and out and travels the world independently to take care of and promote our customers and products (she's the friendly one to talk to). Ranee works from her own offices in Paris, Reunion Island, and Kiel.
The team also includes Bastian Jöhnk, our reliable warehouse man. Basti is responsible for the upkeep of our stock and warehouse. He is also our full time maker, patinating bowls, polishing the copper and oiling all the woods (and doing most of the heavy lifting actually...).
Kaisu Wüstenberg, our mom, is our steady helping hand in packing and every day running of the business, including cooking lunch for the team and persuading the postman to take our huge parcels in their tiny vans.
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.