On a sunny Saturday morning, strolling down past Columbia Road, we stumbled across the clever workshop ‘Unto This Last’. The one design that really caught our eyes was the sheared sphere CD rack. Like most great designs it is simple, easy to assemble, transport and very attractive.
Unto This Last specializes in practical design products, mostly constructed of sustainably harvested Birch Plywood that is easily laminated in a large array of colours. The ethos here is “On-demand, High Street Micro-Manufacturing”. They have over 2,000 designs on file with a portion pre-constructed and on display. But more then a showroom, the Brick Lane space is a workshop (including a CNC machine!), where they easily manufacture any of the designs to order. Lowering overhead and inventory, they are able to offer high design and a good price.
The design house is aptly named after John Ruskin’s 1860 Book “Unto This Last”, where the art critic exposes and denounces the the devastating social consequences of capitalism and the industrial revolution while advocating for the local craftsman: a manifesto that inspired the the arts and crafts movement.
11:00 am – 6:30 pm Tuesday to Friday
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Saturday & Sunday
Monday by appointment.
Caravan is a wonderful ‘flea market chic’ boutique, in the heart of Spitalfield’s market, London. Interior stylist and author Emily Chalmers has collected an array of charming little objects. They tantalize with their complete needlessness and their absolutely irresistibility. You know you will be taking something home or for a friend. Who can resist the egg-warming-hats?
Aside from the variety of small objects, the store also carries some interesting furniture pieces, Deborah Bowness hand printed wallpaper, lamps, throw pillows and other home items.
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Monday – Saturday 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sunday
To continue on our theme of LA Cool that was started in the inspiring design store Twentieth, a short jump across town brings us to Maxfield. A concept store, Maxfield is home to a fantastic selection of obscure avant-garde fashion designers as well as high fashion labels. To house this collection of high fashion combined with Vintage and Gothic Rock jewelry, exquisite candles and a variety fashion and home accessories the LA Architecture firm Standard created an austere concrete block building that is a part of the full vision of the store created by owner Tommy Perse. Nearby is sister store “Maxfield Bleu” where the sale items are housed.
Amongst the brands represented are: Thomas Wylde, Comme des Garçons, Yohji Yamamoto, Margiela, Rick Owens, selected Prada……..
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take interior photos, but there are many absolutely fabulous items to enjoy inside.