Founded in 2004 by Rhode Island School of Design Graduates Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf, Uhuru (ooh-HOO-roo) is a multidisciplinary design studio merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability. Uhuru has joined a vanguard of influential furniture companies from Milan to Tokyo focused on pushing the boundaries of contemporary sustainable design. The company’s furniture has been internationally recognized for its innovation and is in the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Uhuru has partnered with renowned artists, architects and institutions around the world and recently completed the design of the Michelin-star Saul Restaurant at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Uhuru believes that each piece conceived, designed, and produced should add to a greater good in the world. This is evident in their creative reuse and repurpose in the creation of fine furniture and interior spaces.
"We mostly work with wood, metal, leather and stone, often in combination. I particularly love the way these materials react and age over time in nature or in use. I think that juxtaposing two materials with different qualities and finish adds a complexity and visual dynamic to a piece of furniture.
Sustainability is at the core of what we do. We’re always on the lookout for something new, interesting, and sustainable to work with. We use everything from naturally felled trees sourced from all over the country, Old Growth Beams from buildings all over the North East, fencing materials that keep snow drifts from collecting on the highways and even Teak Decking material from World War II battleships."
- Bill Hilgendorf x 'Meet The Makers' | GPI Design