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Friday, 26 September 2014

Shop the look - Urban Splash HoUSe

hoUSe, the brainchild of Urban Splash, is a project that aims to deliver high quality, architect designed, super flexible, modular new builds. With the tag line "Designed by you, built by US" hoUSe allows you to arrange the space according to your individual needs.

hoUSe New Islington is a new concept designed by the award-winning architects, Shedkm, and Utility have been working closely with Urban Splash to provide beautiful, contemporary interiors that complement the architectural design. Here is a sneak peek at the pieces chosen for you New Islington build.

Fritz Hansen Ro Chair
Price: From £2074.00 at Utility
Designed by Jaime Hayon, this wingback chair envelops the sitter in a cocoon of sheer comfort. "Ro" means tranquility, matching the brief which called for a chair that is not only comfortable, but extremely beautiful and relaxing also.

Punt Sussex Media Unit
Price: From £1814.00 at Utility
This oak louvered T.V cabinet by Terence Woodgate is a development on his 'Sussex' range. It has one cupboard on the left hand side with an internal shelf and a retractable louvered door as well as a soft closing drawer on the right.

Content By Conran Mica Side Tables
Price: £185.00 at Utility
The Mica occasional tables by Terence Conran are part of a capsule range that is both bold and contemporary, with clean lines and a graphic aesthetic.

Foscarini Binic Table Lamp
Price: £127.00 at Utility
Binic is a cute table lamp by Ionna Vautrin for Foscarini. A fun 'take away' design Binic is available in six different colours.

Broste Pouf
Price: £85.00
This exquisite pouf from Broste will merge into any living space without question. Comprised from a durable cotton outer material to provide maximum comfort.

Watch this space - More to come, as new designs are revealed.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Something to Smile about - Arne Jacobsen Typeface Revived

Danish design company "Design Letters" have made a name for themselves since forming in 2009 and have earned a reputation for sleek typography. 

In 2011 they took steps to revive the classic typeface originally created in 1937 by world renowned Architect Arne Jacobsen for internal signage in the Aarhus City Hall, Denmark. 
Despite being three-quarters of a century old, Jacobsen's Bahaus inspired alphabet is clean and modern. It is the perfect fit for Design Letter's new homeware range which includes fine bone porcelain cups, eggs cups, candle holders as well as textile tea towels and unique wooden wall decor. 

Get creative with the versatile range of handleless porcelain cups by using them as mugs, pencil pots, vases, or for a person touch, use them to create words: TEA, MUM, LOVE, etc.
Shop the range at Utility online now.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

The 10 student essentials for moving to University

So this is it. University. You're moving into your new flat, experiencing your first freshers week and getting ready for your first lecture. There's a lot going on right now so you'd be forgiven for forgetting about a few University essentials. Luckily, Utility are at hand to point you in the right direction. We've come up with a definitive list of must haves to help you make your first flat that little bit special, your first party that little bit crazy & that first freshers hangover a little bit more bearable. Buckle up, it's going to be a crazy year!

The Bedroom

1. Hang It - Photo Display
You'll find yourself spending a lot of time in the bedroom; add a touch of personality to those boring white walls.

2. Buddy Wall Hook

They may look like a bunch of friends hanging around, but these hooks are all business when it comes to holding your scarves, hats, bags or whatever else you have lying around.

3. Lexon Flip Clock
Do you really want to risk using the alarm on your phone? You know what it's battery life is like. Let the Lexon alarm clock ensure you don't sleep in for that 9am class.

4. Posters - Variety of Beers & Cocktails
These posters look great and they'll come in handy for new drink recipes - should you ever get tired of the usual Vodka & Red Bull.

The Party

5. WOW Mini Speakers
You might party at yours, you might party at a friend's or you might party on the street - What's a party without music? These portable speakers mean you'll never miss a beat.

6. Bear Hug Bottle Opener
Well the guys have brought over some beers so you'd better have a bottle opener handy. This little guy will do the trick.

The Morning After / Studying

7. Mighty Mug
So you've made it up for class but this is no time for hair of the dog. Get your morning caffeine kick in the Might Mug which simply won't fall over...a good if you're feeling a little shakey.

8. Genuine Leather Satchel
Made from the finest quality leather, this is the perfect "off to class" accessory. You have to go to class;  you may as well look good doing it.

9. Moleskin Diary
Avoid writing your "To Do" list on a piece of scrap paper you'll probably lose. This moleskin Diary will keep all your appointments, due dates and thoughts in one place.

10. Magnetic White Board
Whether you've got deadline dates, reminders or notes for your flat mates, the magnetic white board is a real university must have!

Psst... While we have your attention; here's another little tip for you. Buy an Independent Liverpool Card here (or in our Bold Street store) for £10 and you'll be entitled to tons of discount throughout the city. 

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

"SOLID" from Terence Woodgate

We've been selling the Sussex, Tactile and Dot sideboards from Spanish furniture company PUNT for a number of years, so when we found out that the award winning British designer behind these iconic designs, Terence Woodgate, was releasing his own brand of lighting, we were absolutely delighted.

Not one to disappoint, Woodgate has created a beautiful collection of pendant and ceiling lights that seamlessly combine simple design with cutting-edge technology. The collection which is made from pure, solid materials in Oak, Carrara and Nero Marquina marble are beautiful in their appearance as well as application, fully utilising the formidable benefits of LED technology.  

Each product in the lighting range comes complete with a MEGAMAN® LED lamp. MEGAMAN® is a leading global brand in high-performance, energy-efficient lighting and an innovative leader in LED lamp design whose advanced research and development facilities ensure a continuous supply of new, exciting, energy-saving lamps come to market every year.

Of the new "Terence Woodgate" lighting brand, Woodgate says that the "aim is to create exceptional lighting, by designing and engineering innovative products that are relevant, ultra-efficient and beautiful". In our eyes, the SOLID range goes a long way to meeting that brief.

The SOLID pendant and ceiling lights are now available to buy online at Utility - Shop the collection here.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


There's never been a better time to start your Eames collection. For the entire month of August you will receive an original VITRA Eames Hang It All absolutely FREE when you buy any 6 VITRA Eames Dining Chairs.

Charles & Ray Eames were the dream couple of American design and are perhaps its greatest exponents. They were not only successful photographers, film makers and architects but also talented furniture designers. Their extremely popular Dining Chair range is not only one of our best selling but also one of the most versatile, lending itself to a host of different interiors.

With their Hang-It-All, Charles and Ray Eames elevated the everyday coat rack into something inventive and fun - Click here to find out how to claim yours FREE!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Prints Charming

Don't spend all Summer kissing those metaphorical design frogs. Take a look at our top pattern picks for this season and let Utility help you find your "Prints Charming".1. Bouquet Wall Panel/ 2. Orla Kiely Kitchen Set/ 3. Wrong For Hay Cushions/ 4. GAN Lepark Rug/ 5. Hem & Edge Scarf/ 6. GAN Kilim Mosaiek Rug/ 7. Johnny Kimber Scarf/ 8. Patchwork Liverpool Print/ 9. Hay Plus 9 Throw

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

UMBRAlievable - Modern design doesn't get more accessible than this!

Canadian design company Umbra was born 31 years ago when graphic designer Paul Rowan couldn't find a nice window shade to hang in his new apartment window. So he made one...and others liked it! He soon teamed up with friend and industrial hardware manufacturer, Les Mandelbaum, and Umbra was born.

Since that time Umbra has grown to become the world leader of modern, original, casual and affordable design for the home - introducing designs that have broken the mould and creating entirely new categories in the home decor and gift market. 

Utility are proud to be one of the largest retailers of Umbra in the UK and we're very pleased to introduce a host of new home accessories & giftware products that, like all Umbra designs, inject personality and a sense of magic into any interior.

Umbra's comprehensive catalogue, from photo display units to quirky hook/hangers, is creative, innovative and modern, all the while remaining highly affordable. Modern design doesn't get more accessible than this.
 New Releases

Shop the Umbra collection here