Over the years, Utopus studio has created projects at a range of scales from cultural buildings, residential projects and luxury interiors to product design, bespoke light fixtures and contemporary furniture pieces. Key to the creative strategy of the firm is having an international design team with diverse professional experience in architecture, planning, furniture, lighting, exhibition, product and interior design. From its origins in Peru and Brazil, the studio was conceived as a nomadic office where the location of a brief is not a boundary, but a starting point to explore new cultural connections and opportunities for insights which are translated into architecture, interiors and custom pieces. This passion for exploration has led Utopus to set up offices in London, São Paulo and New York City.
Javier Robles, the founder and principal of the practice began his career in his native city of Trujilo, Peru after graduating from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. The studio grew quickly and completed many residential projects before being commissioned by the National Institute of Culture to design a visitor center for the archaeological site of Chan- Chan in Peru. The next opportunity arose to collaborate on large scale projects in New York and after many years living and working in Manhattan, Javier decided relocate to Great Britain and launch Utopus as a full-time practice in London in 2004. There he completed residential and commercial projects across Europe and established an international reputation. In 2006, Javier returned to practice in New York with an extensive portfolio and many international clients. He travels back and forth between Europe, the United States and Latin America coordinating with prestigious clientele on residential and commercial projects around the world.
Utopus is a multi-disciplinary design studio who specializes in high-end residential design for exclusive private individuals, luxury retail brands and high profile corporate clients. Our ability and passion to work at different scales, with diverse materials, and in unique contexts has enabled Utopus to adapt a contemporary design language that embraces the sophistication and diversity of our clients' lifestyles. All of our designs are tailored to the specific needs and exacting demands of clientele with an appreciation for high-end quality and a keen attention to detail.