Modern retro furniture design can be strangely compelling, almost trapped in time – caught between
contemporary forms and classic styles. While these furniture pieces by UntoThisLast are distinctly modern in some regards they definitely also add elements of retro-futurism to current interior designs.
Almost like spheres pushes through the wall, their shelving units fit well within the company motto of “cut to size” – each seems like a custom piece but is priced as a mass-produced furniture object. In fact, for fans of the Arts & Crafts Movement, these designers named their very company after the last book written by John Ruskin – a man who strongly advocated a return to hand-made interior design objects and unique custom-crafted home decor.
One could almost, but not quite, imagine finding these designs in a decades-old catalog for sale alongside x-ray vision glasses and muscle-growing secrets, or perhaps housing such magazines on their shelves.
While there is retro in these modern designs they are also intended to fit well with other pieces of contemporary furniture and household furnishings – devoid of context, however, it is easy to imagine them belonging in some forgotten future past.