UMÉ is a design practice founded by Victor Lefebvre and Mei-Lan Tan. They believe in blurring the lines between art, craft, and experience. UMÉ collaborates with designers and artisans in various places, such as California, Paris, Kyoto, and Ubud, to bring together diverse skills, perspectives, and traditions in their products. Victor and Mei-Lan established UMÉ after working together in architecture firms, discovering a shared approach where materiality, craft, and technique lead to design. Their work is guided by curiosity, a love for intricate details, a willingness to break from convention, and a deep respect for tradition.
"Erode" is a distinctive cold-process soap designed to elevate the daily bathing routine with a blend of natural ingredients like botanicals, antioxidants, clays, and essential oils, catering to all skin types. It's suitable for everyday use and comes in a unique shape that combines form and function. Each Erode soap is individually hand-poured and cast, ensuring that no two are identical. Additionally, there's a separate Bouton plate available for use as the designated dish for Erode.