A bit about us
Our founder, Brian Johnson, started theUncommonGreen in 2009 to make everyday products that meld artistry with functionality, practicality with wit, and style with sustainability. Drawing inspiration from his background in mechanical engineering and industrial product development, Brian started looking for ways to incorporate high-performance industrial materials into designs for the home. Among his earliest creations was an end table made with “flotsam”, a composite used on the decks of U.S. Navy Destroyers and deep sea applications for buoyancy control. Another was the Pi Bottle Opener, a piece of pure steel that relentlessly cracks open beers while paying homage to our favorite irrational constant. As new designs piled up in his apartment, it became clear that they were ready to be shared, and thus the UCG was born.
Along the way, Brian’s college buddies Dave and Neil came on board to help propel the UCG vision that great design really can make the world a better place to live. Ever since, we’ve been committed to building our company on five essential qualities—creativity, ingenuity, craftsmanship, honesty, and pride.