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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

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mooore MOOOI

New Moooi CollectionMoooi have been impressing the design world for years, with furniture & lighting that is visually strong, highly functional and individual, such as the Smoke Chair, Light Shade Shade Chandelier, Pig Table and Horse Lamp

During Salone 2014, under the art direction of Marcel Wanders, Moooi presented their "Unexpected Welcome" exhibition, showcasing their new and exciting 2014 range in an interactive experience that had all of Milan talking - You can view the panoramic display by clicking here.

We have been steadily adding to and improving our online catalogue of Moooi products and are happy to announce that best sellers such as the Bart Sofa and Container Tables are now available to purchase at
Joining these best sellers are a host of brand new furniture and lighting pieces that were introduced during Salone 2014 including the playfully elegant Zio Coffee Table and Sideboard, the versatile Prop Light range and the Bassotti Coffee Tables that merge the solid grace of marble table tops with the shiny lightness of classically shaped legs.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Because we're HAPPY - Thanks to Swedese

We've been working hard to expand upon our collection of Swedese products and we're pleased (happy even) to announce that the Swedese "Happy" range is now available to purchase online at Utility. That's not all though; we've also slashed prices across the range & deducted a further 15% in adding the entire Swedese collection to our Summer SALE

Roger Persson describes his furniture design as "a game with lines and curves" and this can be seen quite clearly in Happy; the smiling furniture family made up of dining chairs, stool, armchairs and sofas. 
By adding soft surfaces and forms to an otherwise modern aesthetic expression, he creates a long lasting idiom. Like his other ranges for Swedese, happy is beautiful and functional - comfortable, practical, and possesses a special knack for fitting into all types of environments. We think the range is especially suited to commercial, retail or reception spaces.

"Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth".