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ABOUT US

Welcome to Universo Positivo. Discover design democratization through contemporary, multifunctional and European made furniture. Our first collection was presented in September 2013 at Maison&Objet fair in Paris. It was a fresh and dynamic celebration of a surprising mix between solid oak and lacquered metal.

Universo Positivo was initiated by Ethnicraft and the designers duo Jan & Lara. The collection navigates through collaborations with Hertel & Klarhoefer, David Caspar Schäfer, Thomas Merlin and Jonas Wahlström. It takes you to a refined and timeless playful universe. In our Universo Positivo, each piece of furniture, each accessory or lighting was created with a sense of aesthetics, simplicity and a coherent approach of lifestyle.

Enjoy life, enjoy our universe.

PRODUCTS

DESIGNERS

Jan & Lara met in 2000, and got married soon after that. Jan studied art restoration in North Carolina at the English Guild in Ashville. He had his own interior decorating company, worked for a Canadian interior design company and decorated private homes.

Lara studied fashion, had her own interior decorating and styling company and worked for several theaters as a costume and decor designer. She created catalogues for le Bon Marché and Pioneer. Furthermore she worked as a stylist for several Belgian interior magazines.

In 2004 they travelled together to China and Vietnam, where they developed eco-stone material key and designs, for Handsen&Handsen. This project took five years on setting up production lines, color finishes, material key, designing collections and branding. They are also part of the design cooperative Caravan.

In 2012, they initiated the “UP” project together with Philippe Delaisse, founder of Ethnicraft, with the accent on affordable good quality and European made design. Their inspiration comes from the destiny of everyday life.

After working in Paris for different design studios for four years, Thomas Merlin started his own design studio in 2011. He approaches his project with simplicity and accuracy. He questions the way things are constructed and seeks methods to make them more environmental friendly. The balance between the design and functionality is kept by using natural materials which results in a modern and minimalist look.

Inspired by craftsmen who bring life to the materials, the studio makes his prototypes in collaboration with these craftsmen and companies which results in a fantastic collection. Thanks to all of them: Jean-Paul Bouchet, La Poterie de Cliousclat, Nathalie Groeneweg, Alain Sartre, Metylos, Tôlerie Métal Indus.

HERTEL & KLARHOEFER

Peter Christian Hertel, born in 1968, and Sebastian Klarhoefer, born in 1966, know each other since school days. They studied Architecture in Berlin and Venice and degreed in 1996 and 1994 at the Berlin Institute of Technology.

They created their first furniture designs during the studies at the Instituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice with Aldo Rossi. In 1999 they founded their design agency Hertel& Klarhoefer.

Since 2001 they are working together as designers and architecs in their own studio in Berlin. In their team there are product designers, interior designers, prototypists and carpenters. In the following years they have created furniture and accessoires for famous brands as Authentics, ClassiCon, Flötotto, Ligne Roset, Nils Holger Moormann and Zeitraum.

They define themselves as creatives that are working on a project starting with conceptual designs and ending up with technical product development. Right from the start they have been fascinated by the pulsating rhythm and creative potential of Berlin. This influences their work up to now.

DAVID C. SCHÄFER

David was born in Düsseldorf in 1971. From 1991 to 1994, following his creative streak and aspiring at this time to become a sculptor, he passed the training as a metalworker. Instead of applying to the art academy he decided to study product design at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, in Germany from 1996 to 2002.

In order to create a respectable platform which could correspond to the first jobs, he was one of the fellow students who founded the Studio-Mir, Karlsruhe. During his studies he basically concentrated on furniture design and exposed his first designs at the Salone Satellite, Milan and the imm Köln.

In 2003 the Studio-Mir turned into an international network of designers. The same year, David opened his personal studio DCS-ID

Since then his furniture designs became more and more often part of interior solutions he develops. Together with his wife and her sister they launched the label °es in 2005 which performs on international fairs like Maison&Objet - Paris, imm -Köln, Ambiente - Frankfurt.

During the last few years he’s also working on the architectural and cultural concept for the Gutshaus Landsdorf. In 2010 he moved with his family and office to Landsdorf in order to realise this project.

JONAS WAHLSTRöM

Jonas was born in Nyköping, Sweden. After his military service he moved to Stockholm and worked as a chef. In 1998 Jonas moved to the Cayman Islands where he lived and worked for 2 years before ending up as the Sous Chef at a restaurant in Chicago.

In 2001, Jonas joined the Bauhaus Apprenticeship Institute and worked closely with the late Berthold Schwaiger. This is where he obtained his basic knowledge of wood and traditional craftsman techniques. Jonas left the Bauhaus after completing his one year commitment and went on to work for other designers in different mediums to further his knowledge in building and design.

In 2012 Jonas left Chicago and moved his family back to Sweden where they settled on an island in the archipelago just north of Stockholm. “This move has given me a chance to reconnect personally with the Scandinavian design style I feel is the core in my work.”

Until present, Jonas has been continuing to design furniture while also working closely with architects and designers to complete both high end residential, and commercial projects. During this time he has honed his skills in Auto-cad drafting, 3D modeling and rendering.

Presently, Jonas is also designing furniture for a national design/ furniture retailer in the US.

NEWS

 

MAISON & OBJET PARIS

5th to 9th September 2014

Maison & Objet Paris, from 5th to 9th September 2014 .
Hall 5B booth F9-G10

HOME LONDON

14th to 16th September 2014

Home London, from 14th to 16th September 2014.
Booth E40

WOONBEURS AMSTERDAM

30th September 2014 to
05th October 2014

Woonbeurs Amsterdam, from 30th September 2014 to 05th October 2014.
Hall 11

 

STORE LOCATOR

STORES

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Design Ikonik

92 avenue General de Gaulle

92250 La garenne colombes

France

www.design-ikonik.com

Factory Chic

141 rue Louise Michel

59290 Wasquehal

France

www.factorychic.com

Movimento Ecodesign

Rue du Combre - Le clos du Combre

38570 Goncelin

France

www.movimento-ecodesign.fr

QUATUOR

Scheldeweg 5

Boom

Belgium

www.quatuor.be

OFFICE AT HOME ASSE

Gentsesteenweg 15

Asse

Belgium

www.officeathome.be

OFFICE AT HOME AALST

Gentsesteenweg 390

Aalst

Belgium

www.officeathome.be

Style Decoration Design

Place du Marche 10

Genève

www.styledesign.ch

Peter Pin

Route d'Esch 70

Luxembourg

www.pt.lu

El Globo

Calle Bruselas, 31

Las Rozas

Spain

www.elglobo.es

ESTHER SANCHEZ I SANCHEZ

Calle Argentona

Mataro

Barcelona

www.esthersanchezisanchez.com

CLICKON FURNITURE MELBOURNE

182 Johnston Street

Melbourne

Australia

www.clickonfurniture.com.au

CLICKON FURNITURE SYDNEY

601 Botany Road

Sydney

Australia

www.clickonfurniture.com.au

GLOBEWEST

20-22 Parsons Avenue

Springvale

Australia

www.globewest.com.au

Gatti

Via Matteotti, 74

Milano

Italy

www.gattiproject.com

TEKK

Kauptun 3

Gardabae

Iceland

www.tekk.is

EXÓ MØBELSTUDIO

Bogstadveien 1

Oslo

Norway

www.exo.as

MUPPET SHOP

Ul. Kazimierzowska 43

Warszawa

Poland

www.muppetshop.pl

MODA BAGNO

50 Anapafseos street

Athens

Greece

www.modabagno.gr

nap

Ul. Dynamiczna 10

Warszawa

Poland

www.nap.com.pl

Depot Design

Henegouwenkaai 19, Quai du Hainaut

Brussels

Belgium

www.depot-design.eu

La Grange Interiors

Cape Town

South Africa

Scheldeweg 5
2850 Boom
BELGIUM

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