Uhuru is a design + build furniture company dedicated to sustainability and creating timeless designs. Uhuru builds each piece by hand, in their Red Hook Brooklyn studio. We strongly agree with the shaker assertion that “beauty rests on utility” We strive to make furniture and products that are beautiful in their simplicity with an acute awareness of materials, and craft. Many of the items we create utilize materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, reused or otherwise rejected from their original function.
Founded in 2004 by Rhode Island School of Design Graduates Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf, Uhuru (ooh-HOO-roo) is a furniture
design/build company merging avant-garde design with a commitment to environmental sustainability.
Indeed, 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, is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum, and has been exhibited at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Uhuru has collaborated with recognized designers and architects worldwide, as well as artists such as Maya Lin for the Cooper Hewitt and Dan Colen at the Gagosian Gallery.
Uhuru believes that each piece conceived, designed, and produced should add to some greater good for the world. This is evident in their creative reuse and repurpose in the creation of fine furniture. Though Uhuru continues to grow, their focus remains on building furniture of exceptional quality, one piece at a time.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Lead Times: Normal production lead-time for standard orders is 8-10 weeks from date of deposit. Normal production lead-time for custom orders is 10-12 weeks. Orders may not be canceled nor deposits refunded due to delivery outside normal production schedules.
Furniture Size: The customer is responsible for knowing that all elevators, stairwells, corridors and doorways of his/her house or apartment will permit normal delivery. We are not responsible for furniture that does not fit and will give no refunds if this occurs.
Variations: Color and grain variations are natural characteristics of steel and wood and will differ from piece to piece. The natural qualities of your furniture may vary from samples.
Payment: Sales of less than $1000 must be paid in full at time of purchase. Sales greater than $1000 can be paid with a 50% deposit at time of order, with the remainder to be paid prior to delivery. Delivery cannot be scheduled without full payment. Invoices that have not been paid within 30 days of receipt are subject to a 5% service charge per month will be added to the final invoice.
Delivery and Installation: Local delivery fees are determined and charged before the final invoice is sent out. Long distance delivery fees must be determined by quote. Deliveries include 2 flights of walk-up. Charges apply to additional walk-ups. Installation is not included and will be billed at $50 per hour per person and added to the final invoice.
Cancellation: Our furniture is made to order and not subject to changes or cancellation after 72 hours from time of purchase. Deposits are not refundable after this three-day period.
Custom Pieces: Fabrication on custom pieces does not begin until a final drawing has been signed.
F.O.B. Brooklyn, NY.
Bill Hilgendorf grew up in Boston, MA. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a bachelors degree in Industrial Design he moved to Brooklyn and worked in a cabinet shop until 2004, when he started Uhuru Design with Jason Horvath. His passion for working with found objects started at a young age, when he would dismantle anything from abandoned bicycles to broken electronics. Always inspired by the items discarded on the streets of New York, Bill repurposes unwanted materials and found objects and makes them into hip, functional furniture.
Co founder of Uhuru Design, Jason Horvath was born and raised in Louisville, KY and currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. He grew up mountain biking, skating, surfing, and competitive rock climbing at a national and international level. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in industrial and graphic design, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the Art and Design world. Jason worked as an interior designer for Stedila Design in NYC for four years as he built Uhuru Design. Currently working as CEO of Uhuru, Jason is also involved heavily in the NY art scene. www.jasonhorvath.com
Maria Cristina Rueda (Techis) was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and moved to New York City in 2000. In 2005 she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design. She is a multidisciplinary designer with experience and interest in different mediums like print, type, branding, layout, installations, exhibitions, and events. At Uhuru Design she is the project manager for special events and graphic design. www.techisrueda.com
Originally From Tokyo, Sakura Moriya graduated from FIT with honors in 1999 and worked as an interior designer at several NYC firms on residential, retail, restaurant, hospitality, and corporate projects. She heads Uhuru Interiors offering full service interior design focused on utilizing materials and methods thoughtful to people and the planet. Besides her passion for using good design to upgrade lives, she also loves food, music, yoga, beach, and working with children.
Daniel Husserl was born in Lake Tahoe, CA and raised on the beaches of New Jersey. He is an eco-entrepreneur with a strong passion for travel, nature and surfing. Daniel has spent most of his career consulting with Fortune 500 companies to improve their environmental and social performance and has been featured in the New York Times, Treehugger.com and on CNN. At Uhuru, Daniel is heading up the company's expansion strategy and sustainability initiatives. He has a dual BA in Finance and Marketing from Syracuse University and a
Masters in Environmental Management from the University of New South
Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Matthew Cacioppo was born in Merrick, NY. He graduated from RISD in 2006 with a BFA in furniture design. While attending RISD he received a scholarship for a marquetry class at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Following his graduation from RISD, he worked in a traditional furniture shop in Dartmouth MA. in 2007. He moved back to NY to join the Uhuru Design team.
Leah Reyes, LEED GA, is from San Diego, California. She grew up with a strong interest in art and theater that later became a passion for design. Affter studying in London and Florence, she graduated with honors in 2009 from Philadelphia University with a degree in Interior Design. She joined Uhuru the same year, and currently is a designer and the office manager. Leah lives in Brooklyn, where she's most inspired by nature, geometry, and history.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Eric Vecchione grew up surrounded by the influence of his father's architecture practice. After graduating from the University of Richmond with a degree in Urban Policy with a focus on sustainability theory, Eric returned to New York to immerse himself in his field of study hands-on. Before joining Uhuru Eric worked integrating sustainable principles into designing and building New York City roof gardens, establishing his own design/build custom exterior woodworking practice. When not scouring the globe for reclaimed materials with stories to tell, Eric can be found in the Uhuru shop making soap out of wood - the longest-lasting beauty product on the market today.
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