About

Utu soulful lighting is the response to an urge to create lighting solutions that enrich spaces with individuality and meaning.
The experience of spaces and the feeling created has the huge contribute of lighting, as it contributes to its atmosphere and appearance.
Born from the creative hub Mambo unlimited ideas, that comprises design talents in a team dedicated to develop new products and ideas, Utu soulful lighting is the brand specifically dedicated to lighting, where this dimension of design is tirelessly explored and developed.

Research – Our design team is all about research, from what colours to use to what package is more efficient, through what images and materials capture our attention. The different individuality and personal interests play an important part as each team member contributes with an unique perspective upon the world. From this mosaic of different ways of seeing the world, the Utu soulful lighting creative process is enriched.Handmade – We like the appeal of unique pieces made with traditional techniques. Our collection is born from the traditional crafts that have been perfected by Portuguese craftsmen: the work of lacquered metals and noble metals such as brass and copper and the work of glass, both with rich tradition in Portugal. All of our products are carefully made one by one, in a production balanced between state of the art processes and handmade details.
Tradition – Embracing our crafts heritage, while up to date with the innovations and creativity developments around the world, Utu soulful lighting develops contemporary pieces with traditional Portuguese materials and techniques. This aspect is a constant in our creative process and produces high quality products: we mix what we do best – edgy creativity and experienced craftsman production.

Made for you

A relation of close collaboration with the universe of architects, interior and lighting designers allows the creation of endless custom solutions to each of their projects. The Utu soulful lighting design team works closely with each client to design specific proposals to projects developed all over the world.

The numerous variations made possible by choosing different combinations of colours and materials to apply to each of the products result in a wide range of options.



Utu soulful lighting contract leads projects since the design creation to the expedition of the final product to the project site, throughout the manufacturing process, offering technical support at each step.


Designers


Claudia Melo was born in Lisbon in 1982. She studied Equipment Design in the Fine Arts University of Lisbon and has a degree in product design.

Claudia’s work includes product design, interior design, graphic design and art direction. Her designs were first exhibited in Experimenta Design 2003 in Lisbon, and since then have been featured in different countries as Italy, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Asia and United States of America.

Working with Mambo unlimited ideas since 2007, Claudia had already developed several rugs and accessories collections sold all over the world.

Ettero became Claudia’s first furniture collection for Mambo unlimited ideas, launched in 2009 at Maison & Objet and has been growing with increasing prestige and success over the years. Inspired by her travels around the globe, Ettero is an interpretation of the 60’s integrated in a trip to the modern world where everything is possible. 

It was soon followed by the creation of a lighting collection, whose growth and recognition over the years made it become the autonomous brand Utu soulful lighting, from Mambo unlimited ideas group.
Ana Ladeiro was born in Portimão in 1982. Studied Equipment Design in the Fine Arts University of Lisbon and later completed a degree in product design. Ana has been developing work in the areas of interior design, fashion design, graphic design and product design.

Between 2007 and 2009 she was responsible for developing the fashion brand Harmour and its collections.

Working with Mambo unlimited ideas since 2007, Ana has designed special edition rugs and furniture pieces to integrate the company’s collection.

From 2009 on, Ana has worked in the area of interior design, developing projects for private and contract clients both for the national and the international market. Her background in equipment design gives to her approach a very functional and customised expression.



Production

Our main objective while designing and producing our lighting pieces: assuring we offer creative and top quality products. That has been crucial to our increasingly growing recognition.

Our production is based in Portugal and in its historical traditional techniques of production, where we have skilled craftsman that carefully bring to life every single piece that we create.


We carefully control each step of manufacturing, in a close relation between our design and production teams.  For each product we develop, the materials are carefully chosen and quality is closely controlled to assure the best finishing, resistance and durability. All electric components comply with the best european practices, being selected from a wide range throughout Europe.

We like to offer effective, practical and quality results, that is why our lamps are fitted to be easily installed. We believe that all the details contribute to set the quality of our products.