ISSUE 15  |  British Design

Furniture: Unto This Last

April 08, 2008 4:51 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Located on Brick Lane in London, designer Olivier Geoffrey’s Unto This Last is a revolutionary furniture workshop and gallery that sells directly to the public. All products are manufactured on site using a computer-controlled machine; prices are comparable to mass-produced furniture, but the style is several steps up. Customers choose their pieces on site; material options include oak laminate, dark laminate, and white laminate, and the delivery time is five days. The team behind Unto This Last plans to replicate their made-to-order approach in new locations; stay tuned. N.B. Unto This Last is the title of a book by architectural theorist John Ruskin, who inspired the Arts and Crafts movement and advocated local craftsmanship and production.

Below: UTL’s elegant Coat Stand is as sculptural as it is functional; £62 in oak laminate.

Below: A range of T Benches; £75 to £180, depending on size and material.

Below: Trestle Table in oak, £350.