Andrea Panico, Glacial Wood Products, and The Green Glass Co. for the Uncommon Collection
Jewelry in a Bottle was designed by Andrea Panico, and produced by Glacial Wood Products and the Green Glass Company for the Uncommon Collection.
Andrea Panico began designing jewelry in 2008 with the vision of creating pieces inspired by her love of architecture. Andrea approaches her designs like “an architect of small things,” with a focus on unique connections and construction details. This reflects Andrea’s belief that little details in what we wear, where we live, and what we use can make a big impact on our daily experience. We may not all be architects, but we’re all building something. Andrea earned a Master of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute and a BS from Cornell University. She lives in Montclair, NJ with her husband and two children.
In 1991, Dick Johnson acquired a small woodcrafting business in Sunburg, MN, changing the name to Glacial Wood Products, Inc. The opportunity to provide stable employment to such a small town appealed to Johnson, and the company's expansion to include cabinetry components, stair parts, store fixtures, and made-to-order items was driven in part by the desire to continue providing employment to local families. Glacial currently has 21 full-time team members and 3 part-time team members, and projects growth in the near future to 25 full-time employees.
The Green Glass Company in the US was founded in 2000, but their South African origins date back to 1992. The company has 6 full-time employees and up to 12 seasonal / part-time employees. As pioneers of reclaimed glassware and with a patent on the unique wine bottle-to-goblet conversion, the company strives to use all parts of bottles rescued from the waste stream, showing its commitment to preserving natural resources. Re-purposing of glass requires a fraction of the energy compared to melting and forming glassware from recycled glass culets. By only using reclaimed bottles and other reclaimed materials for its unique glassware, the company not only practices a reclamation policy but also actively promotes re-purposing as a viable and sustainable way of living.