Seriously, Red Hook (heeey!) has got the green going on. 4Korners, Jason Lamberth, Liberty Sunset Garden Center and others have helped turn this sleepy waterfront nabe into a hotbed of sustainable design and commerce. Lucky me, I don’t have to look too far for material.

This week, I’m adding Uhuru, a small design + build furniture company to the green-in-Red-Hook list. I’ve been aware of 5-year-old Uhuru for a while now — their studio is in the same building as a favorite firm of mine, Make/Cake — but until this weekend at BKLYN DESIGNS, I hadn’t had the chance to see their elegant, simple furniture made from “materials that have been reclaimed, recycled, repurposed, reused or otherwise rejected from their original function” in the flesh.

Uhuru’s received a fair amount of press over the past couple of years, and it’s all well deserved. Instead of focusing on the new pieces shown at BKLYN DESIGNS for NY Design Week 2009 — a scrap metal version of Stoolen (one of my favorite pieces from the entire show), the Stitched Table, and the Standard Chair — I’m including a video from Shopflick (where you can purchase a couple Uhuru pieces). The video provides a look into the inner-workings of a young, indie sustainable furniture company as it follows (in under five minutes) Uhuru’s co-founders Jason Horvath and Bill Hilgendorf creating a Stoolen table and sharing their sustainable design/build philosophy. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

When a Uhuru comes along...
There must be something in the water ... meet Uhuru, another Red Hook, Brooklyn-based designer of sustainable high-end furniture.