We first encountered Uhuru Design (say it with us: oo-hoo-roo) last year, when "Stoolen", created from collected scraps from local woodshops and a found bicycle rim, caught our eye. Since then, the Brooklyn-based design + build firm have been busily adding to their collection, exhibiting some of their new designs at the Brooklyn Waterfront Arts Coalition, HauteGREEN and BKLYN Designs just in the past few months. One of the pieces that caught our eye is "Love Somebody", a simple wrap-around end table made of reclaimed yellow heart pine (a material they often use because of its ready availability to be reclaimed from old buildings in NYC), embellished with the words "Love Somebody". Though this sentiment is good advice for just about anyone, Uhuru is happy to customize the message so your furniture will help your interiors communicate whatever you want them to. The company itself is "dedicated to sustainability and creating timeless designs" (we love to see sustainability first in that short list) and they "agree with the shaker assertion that 'beauty rests on utility'", which is an inspired, future-friendly design perspective, we think. Hit the jump to see more examples of their work, including a chair that was designed for a model apartment in the first green residential hi-rise in New York. ::Uhuru Design
"Beam coffee table"
"Solaire chair", designed for a model apartment in the Solaire building in Battery Park City, the first green residential hi-rise in NYC.