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The Utility Collective

Designer Eric Pfeiffer and Steve Piccus established The Utility Collective with a simple idea: Let’s bring intelligent, well-made products to market while sharing how they are made. And let’s do it in the U.S. with quality materials at fair prices. As designers, we’ve always treasured the everyday items we use most often -- a chair, a table, an ice cream scoop – we love to know about their making, and where they come from. After all, we have relationships with these products and they live with us in our homes. We should know their backstory. The Utility Collective offers a window into the making of each one of our products. We’ll photograph, video document, blog, and share as much of the process we can from seed to showroom. Call us design nerds, but we believe this direct knowledge creates a better understanding of the product and a deeper appreciation for it. By working directly with U.S. craftsmen and factories, it also allows us to offer you a higher quality product at a better price. Much like devotees of local farmer’s markets who want to know where their carrots and broccoli are grown, we think it’s time the public knows the story of the objects in their daily lives. It’s time to design, make, and sell local.

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  1. The Mix Boxes return to a lo-fi inter activity to a world made busy by complex devicesand objects. The set includes six well-crafted boxes of varying size that allow you to create compositions based on your unique design and storage needs. The Mix Boxes allow for spontaneity and change. The set encourages interaction and allows your own personality into the product. Life is fluid: When circumstances change, The Mix Boxes can change with them.

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  2. Trays are versatile and extremely useful for just about any room in the home. Made from solid white oak planks, the trays are finished by hand with a food safe oil. Simple in form each tray has soflty sculpted basins that are perfect for storing and stashing everyday items around the home. In the office they make a great catch-all for your phone and desktop stuff. In the bathroom they are perfect for jewelry and coins. In the kitchen with their food safe hand-oiled finish they can even be used for food items. The Everyday Trays are made in small batches right on the shores of the San Francisco Bay on the old Alameda Naval air base.

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