Origin : Czech Republic / England
Most of our glass is made in Bohemia in the Czech Republic. There is a strong tradition in mold blown glass in this region that allows us to make both small and large-scale pieces accurately. We work there with a team of five independent makers.
For some free hand capsule collections, we also work with two glassblowers in Wiltshire, UK, in a small hot shop specialized in the production of art and design handshaped glass.
Origin : Finland / Germany
Most of our wood bowls come from Finland, where we work with a retired farmer with a passion for wood. He lives in the forest and cuts the trees every January. These are dried outdoors and indoors for 2 years before they are cut and shaped by hand, to keep their natural character and bark edge top.
The woods we work with are Birch and Alder, trees that grows along the lakeshore in Finland. Often these are felled on remote islands and transported by boat to the craftsmen.
The dark wood to be found on some pieces is Acacia or Walnut, turned and smoked by a talented woodturner in a village of rural Germany.
Origin : Germany / Scotland
Ceramic is clay from the soil, and by nature a wet, moist material. Through firing, it becomes hard as the particles move and shrink. For our pieces the ceramic needs to be controlled accurately to result in the correct size. The pieces are turned by hand and slowly air-dried before they are glazed and fired.
Our large scale porous ceramics are made in Scotland.
Regarding the Raku ceramic technique, there is a special process of smoke firing to achieve the interesting surface glaze that is unique in every piece. This is done in a small ceramic studio in Northern Germany.
Origin : Finland
The soapstone we work with is mined from the ground in Finland, at the border with Russia. It was formed under the high mountains billions of years ago (Stone Age) before these same mountains levelled down (Ice Age), revealing this hidden natural treasure, soapstone.
This dense and heavy material gets cut and shaped on a lathe in a small factory in rural Finland. Its tactile features, both cold and warm, make it one of our favorite materials to play with at U&U.
Origin : England
The metals are shaped and finished by a small family business in London. There, the skills of spinning metal are being passed on from one generation to the next making sure that the secrets of experience live on. The Brass and Copper are spun from solid sheets, which are the pressed over a form by hand, and linished to achieve a clean and matt surface.
Origin : Germany
Processed Paper is a material developed during Pia's RCA studies. The material consists of rolled and glued waste paper, processed in various ways in the wood workshop. This material is further combined with metal or wood to make up furniture, products and jewellery.
Origin : Italy
The last craft added the the u&u palette.
Sardinia has a rich culture of basketmaking, Cestini Sardi, continued with passion and dedication by the women in the villages and cities.
Origin : Portugal
Cork is an incredible versatile sustainable material that comes directly from the tree without needing to cut it down. Ours is stripped from Cork Oak trunks in Portugal.