About this project
Utilitarian Workshop is a modern collaborative design studio and retail co-op in which local hand-made goods are the core of who we are. The roots of our shop begin with our own line of innovative, heirloom furniture designs. Our designs are centered around the tradition and character of reclaimed timbers, which have an unrivaled aesthetic quality that cannot be replicated. Our goal as designers is to transcend the traditional views regarding materials and their function, and in turn, create a fresh dialogue within the ever changing, modern marketplace. The Utilitarian Workshop is currently in the process of developing a retail showroom and headquarters located at 1659 Summit in Kansas City's historic Westside. We will be providing a locally driven, collaborative boutique based around hand made goods.
All contributions from Kickstarter will go towards the design, fabrication and curation of hand-made goods that will adorn our space! These funds will directly support the artists and craftsmen who will be participating in this collaborative design project. We ask for your support in helping us achieve our dream of sustainability and compatibility through thoughtful, innovative design.
The goal of our storefront space is to cultivate and encourage the appreciation of craft within our community through the thoughtful curation of locally produced, hand-made goods. We place great importance on the interaction between consumer and product, therefore the intersection of craftsman and client is crucial. With this ideal as our motivation, Utilitarian Workshop prides itself on transforming spaces into one of kind experiences.
Currently there is an exciting sense of creative energy surging through Kansas City, Missouri. Everywhere you go, people are talking about a "renaissance" or "new gilded age" of goods and services, and the ways in which they are produced and consumed. There is a growing sense of urgency in which artists are "reclaiming" the ideals and traditions of a past era, with a renewed focus on the future re-development of our communities. Utilitarian Workshop embraces this approach and nurtures a diverse inventory of craftspeople who are eager to carry the flag into this new age!
Once completed, our space will be an inspiring meeting place for like minded, free thinking individuals to eat, drink, create, discuss, discover and celebrate.
MADE BY US... FOR US... REJOICE!
We have been collaborating with our good friend Matt Mckillip, an architect based out of Lawrence, KS to create some amazing 3-d renderings of our space. In addition, we are working closely with a handful of local vendors, trade specialists and craftsman who are generously contributing time and materials to help us achieve our vision.
HISTORY OF OUR SPACE:
We will be located in the Historical Westside neighborhood of Kansas City, MO with roots of the space going back almost 100 years. The venue for our vision was once a local filling station, and it's now our goal to bring the handsome neglected space back to life!
With a lot of love, helping hands, and a huge chunk of hard work, our plan is to renovate the space to a fully functioning retail co-op for the community.
SNEAK PEAK OF THE GIFTS:
We can't do this without your help. So, as a big thank you for your donation here's a sneak peak at some of the merch items we have cookin' that were designed & produced by local artisans (*colors & materials subject to change slightly*):
John & Nicole say: thank you.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge in achieving our goals is succumbing to the challenge itself. There is no shortage of talented contributors within our community who are committed to achieving a mutually beneficial platform. We feel strongly that, once united, our talents and determination will inspire others to create!
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