If you are in East London on a weekend afternoon and feel inspired to take a meandering stroll down Brick Lane, you're likely to encounter Unto This Last. This corner shop is a little marvel of self-sufficiency and local craftsmanship. All of the furnishings are constructed of birch plywood that is cut, bent, and laminated to order in a small workshop located at the back of the showroom. The owners employ a number of designers who are challenged to dream up functional and elegant pieces within these production constraints.
Keeping their operation small and local, Unto This Last maintains a low overhead, thereby offering bespoke product at extememly reasonable prices. Provided the very nature of this business model, the chances of a New York outcrop are slim, but I'm hopeful that at least the idea will transport itself across the pond in the near future.