"I believe that everything that deserves to be made, deserves to be made well".
Utopia & Utility was founded in 2012 by Pia Wüstenberg. The company was originally run by Pia (in London) as the creative head and her brother Moritz (in Finland) as the business mind.
From the process to the finished objects, our motivation is to enrich life through beauty.
Crafts are at the heart of each object, we work closely with various European makers, creating timeless and ethically valuable pieces.
Being a female-led company, we believe in an equal presence of all genders in the workplace and cherish the individuals we work with for all their qualities. A workspace is about community, belonging, satisfaction, development and appreciation.
We believe in the perfect imperfection.
When things are made by hand they are not uniform, not even, not perfect.
They are unique in every detail, they are full of life and imperfection and that’s our utopia. Everything we do is perfectly imperfect, we strive to be different and bold and to work as part of a community that believes in the same values we do.
Most of our wood bowls come from Finland, where we work with a retired farmer with a passion for wood.
In this process a wooden mould is made with the desired shape, and hot glass is blown into this mould until it is cool enough to keep the shape.
Our woodworker will set about band sawing suitable pieces from the log and shaping these into bowls on the lathe, both on the outer and inner surface removing material and fine cutting the finished surface.
The glass that combines our pieces is always mouth blown, and most is made in Bohemia in Czechia. For our free-hand blown collections we work with a hotshop specialised in art glassware in the rolling hills of Wiltshire, UK.
Our ceramic pieces are hand turned on a wheel, taking utmost care to keep them round and symmetrical throughout the process.
Our metals (Copper, Brass, Aluminium and Corten Steel) are shaped and finished in a small family business in London. The skills of spinning metal are being passed on from one generation to the next , ensuring that the secrets of expertise live on.
We love to work with the qualities of each raw material . Natural solid metals like copper, brass and steal grow a beautiful colour through ageing, it is called a patina or tarnish.
Patina has different colours and patterns that depend on the unique experience that each metal object has had.
It’s in our own workshop in North Germany that we make our Processed Paper objects.
The soapstone we work with is mined from the ground in Finland.
SUSTAINABILITY. Everything we do is with locally sourced natural material, shaped by hand by individual artisans.
APPROACHABLE LUXURY. The luxury of our pieces is in their story of creation. Striking beauty so rich in narrative that the objects are physical storytellers.
TRADITION. All the craft processes we use are traditional tacit skills, often tied to specific regions in Europe.