The layered, organic-looking shapes of the furniture designed by London’s Unto This Last are a natural product of the company’s process: cutting sheets of birch plywood that can be assembled into three-dimensional pieces without the use of industrial fittings. Working out of a small shop on the city’s High Street, Unto This Last creates each piece of furniture on demand, offering a vast catalog of furniture designs without keeping any stock on hand.
The company aims to offer the quality and convenience of a local craftsman’s workshop at mass-production prices. All furniture is cut from the same material using a digital router and computer-created designs, simplifying the supply chain and making the production process faster and more streamlined.
Producing the furniture on demand also eliminates the need for a warehouse. Including finish and size options, the company has more than 2,000 products to choose from. All pieces are made with birch plywood from FSC-certified forests, laminated on-site.
While many of the company’s designs are on the more conventional side, others use the method of construction as a basis for rounded shapes that seem to be inspired by nature. Honeycomb shelves, cell-shaped storage units, sideboards faceted like crystals and ergonomic undulating chairs are among the most eye-catching designs.