Utology is a collection of interior products, designed and handcrafted in Liverpool, England. Our focus is on creating pieces for storage and organisation which are simple in form, yet practical in function. Through clean lines, pared-back aesthetic and understated elegance, we aim to offer timeless products which are valued and cherished.
What made you want to become a designer?
I’ve always loved creating things since I was very young, so it was a path which naturally fit. There was no defining moment of decision making. I never really knew what I wanted to do, until at some point I realised I was already doing it. I find the process of having an idea and figuring out how to turn that into a reality so exciting!
Do you have a preferred material? If so, which one? Is it related to a particular meeting or event?
I most regularly work with hard woods such as oak, ash and walnut and I have a soft spot for them. They are such versatile materials, you can make anything from a tea like holder, to a stool, to an entire building. But I do love gaining an understanding of new materials and experimenting with different processes. I try to keep an open mind in my work and use the material which is most suited to the application.
The starting point of your creations? (the material, the shape, a particular desire?)
For most of my designs, I’ll have something in mind which I’m aiming for. I’ll know I’m designing a shelf for example. Usually I begin with a few sketches, but I don’t spend long on this as I find I work much more effectively more three dimensionally. I prefer to be in my workshop, tinkering with off-cuts. I have boxes of off-cuts, all different shapes and sizes and I love rooting through and putting different pieces together and imagining what they could become. It’s like playing with building blocks!
What type of product do you design?
I’m most interested in designing products which are for everyday use. Objects which are a fundamental part of our lives. I tend to take them back to their basic functionality and focus on what makes them useful, without adding any unnecessary details. When designing products for my range I keep in mind production being in my workshop, and aim to bridge the gap between handmade, craft item and batch produced product.
What would have been your job if you had not been a designer?
I spent some time working as a wakeboarding and waterski instructor, that was a lot of fun. If I hadn’t decided to focus on my design career I’d have continued with that.
What is your typical day?
I start work at 9am. The first thing I do is to check to see what emails have come in overnight and remind myself of anything which needs replying to. With a cup of tea, I’ll write replies to ease myself into the work day. Next is packing and posting. Any completed orders are packed up and taken to the post office. Then, what time is left of the morning is spent on jobs such as editing photos, website updates, creating marketing materials and sketching. Basically, anything where I get to stay clean! In the afternoon I’ll throw on my dusty clothes and cycle over to the workshop and work my way through orders, and creating stock if possible. I’ll usually stay until around 5 or 6, or until I’ve done as much as I need to.