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Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)

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Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)

Born: 1986

Hometown: Kitee

Based in: Germany

 

Utopia & Utility is a journey filled with joy and beauty, from the process to the finished object.

The studio was founded in 2012 by Finnish-German designer Pia Wüstenberg.
Our story is all about crafts: we collaborate with specialised workshops all around Europe to make each one of the materials that compose the final piece.

For 8 years now, the Stacking Vessels and other collectibles from u&u have made their way all around the world to prestigious boutiques and design exhibitions.

Handmade in Europe, by people:
Everything we do is shaped by the hands of a maker. Glass blowers, carpenters, ceramicist, metal spinners, etc… we find the talent that is needed in small, specialised European workshops.
A u&u 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.
Our materials & their origins:
Glass - England, Czech Republic
Ceramic - Germany, Austria, Scotland
Wood - Finland, Germany
Metal - England

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India 2 Stacking Vessel - Grey Copper

Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg), Finland

Design Objects

US$ 1,280

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India 2 Stacking Vessel - Blue-Green Brass by Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)

Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg), Finland

Design Objects

US$ 1,280

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Splash Stacking Vessel - Blue & Amber by Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)

Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg), Finland

Design Objects

US$ 1,050

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Pisara Small Stacking Vessel - Opal Blue by Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)

Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg), Finland

Design Objects

US$ 790

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About Utopia & Utility (by Pia Wüstenberg)


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What inspires you?

Contrast. I get ideas when I move between places, from travel , or going from urban environments to the countryside. I get ideas moving between different cultures and people. In general, it is the change of things that inspires me.


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Describe your creative process.

I like to sketch. I use old fashioned methods of paper, different pens, watercolours. I am intrigued by processes and limitations - limitations of materials, or their processes. Often these restrictions are a good starting point for a brief.


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Contrast. Colour. Natural Materials.


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Kaj Franck, in his philosophy. Kaffe Fassett, in his colour use. Same for Emil Nolde. Alvar Aalto.


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Pen and Paper.


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

It's from my granny: if something deserves to be done, it deserves to be done well. I dont always manage, but it's something worth aspiring to.


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Where do you go for inspiration?

IdeallyI travel and see how people live, the tools they use, the materials they source.

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