Copenhagen’s eco-conscious Umage brand doubles down with designer Jonas Søndergaard’s step-stool that gives a helpful boost as well as encouraging sustainable household practices. In a choice of compatible subtle shades or vibrant accents, Step It Up has steps on 3 sides and antifriction feet to assure a steady balance. The stool also holds a machine-washable storage bag that can be easily removed and used for grocery shopping, to store recycled bottles or for stashing any number of items, minimizing the use of plastic bags—all accomplished with impeccable Scandi style.
19.1" h x 21.7" w x 15" d (48.5x55x38cm)
Solid oak, MDF, polyester, hardwood
Not many people would give a successful brand a name-changing reboot but that’s exactly what Søren Ravyn Christian did with Umage, which aptly translates from the Danish as making an extra effort. Formerly lighting label Vita Copenhagen, the relaunched company also branched into furniture, boldly debuting 15 pieces in a single swoop. For Søren, it’s all about problem solving: “Our design ethos is to look at a design and think how can we make this functional?... How can we make the annoying and unattractive, functional and attractive?”
The answer is range of thoughtful offerings, from the feathered Eos pendant light to the sculptural Reader chair and multipurpose Lounge Around seating. All Umage products are flat-packed in stylish boxes, to simplfy global logistics, make the products more accessible and minimize the carbon footprint. “It means putting in the extra effort with all our designs and the whole journey and process of that piece,” Soren says. “It means being clever with packaging so we are not shipping something across the oceans that is 90% air.”