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Welcome to Utility! The store selling modern, original design - whether it be furniture, lighting, home accessories, gifts, watches or jewellery. Phew! So here we are - our team and our areas of responsibility. We thought we'd put faces to our names too so you can see the real people behind the screen!
Richard Skelton (E Commerce/Marketing/Brand Management)
Birthsign : Scorpio
Birthplace : York
Favourite Designer : Antonio Citterio
Likes : Sunny days and Smokey Bacon Crisps
Dislikes : Dumplings, rudeness
Favourite Building : Kaufmann House, Palm Springs
Dick Mawdsley (Finance/Furniture)
Birthsign : Pisces
Birthplace : Liverpool
Favourite Designer : Alvar Aalto and Achille Castiglioni
Likes : Pickles, Ryvita, good modern architecture
Dislikes : Tea, nylon, three quarter length trousers
Favourite Building : Wrigley Building, Chicago
Kate Cowie (HR / Gift Stores)
Birthsign : Virgo
Birthplace : Weston-Super-Mare
Favourite Designer : Hans Hilfiker
Likes : French bread & cheese, sunshine, chilled sauvignon blanc
Dislikes : Bananas & UGG Boots
Favourite Building : Grand Central Station
Paul Morris (Retail Sales)
Birthsign : Pisces
Birthplace : Northwich
Favourite Designer : Terence Woodgate
Likes : Wine gums, cricket & tweeting
Dislikes : Apricots, leather jackets, queueing
Favourite Building : Peter Eisenman House VI
Julie Valentine (Web and Contract Sales/Furniture)
Birthplace : Aughton
Favourite Designer : Charles Eames
Likes : Dogs, Good Manners. The Beach Boys
Dislikes : Fake tan & arrogance
Favourite Building : Barcelona Pavilion
Erin Threadgill (Web Developer)
Birthsign : Aries
Birthplace : Liverpool
Favourite Designer : Naoto Fukasawa
Likes : Tokyo, Bjork & travelling to foreign lands
Dislikes : Mushrooms & moths
Favourite Building : St Paul's Co-Cathedral, Malta
As well as us at head office there's also a fun and dedicated in-store team who work with us to make Utility a fun, vibrant and exciting place to be - whichever side of the counter you're on!
We opened our first store in Liverpool in November 1999 with an experimental range of products from both independent designers and makers and some of the larger brands such as Alessi and Kartell. Over the past few years we have expanded from our original store to two larger stores, both on Bold Street - with two separate formats. Our larger store (Number 60) is our interiors store where you will find the city’s very best range of contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories from all the leading Italian manufacturers as well as a many others.
Also on Bold Street is our second store format, the Utility Gift Boutique (Number 86) where you’ll find a gorgeous, inspirational range of cool greetings cards, jewellery, watches and great items for giving..and treating yourself !!! July 2010 saw the opening of our Liverpool One Gift Boutique in the North West's premier shopping destination - Liverpool One and in December 2011 we opened our first London store in the revitalised King's Cross/Regent Quarter.
Our on line store – www.utilitydesign.co.uk - was launched in January 2004 to offer our products to a wider audience....and to customers who can’t shop with us because they live outside Liverpool.
Our extensive product ranges include such brands as ALESSI, A DI ALESSI, ALESSI OFFICINA, B&B ITALIA, KARTELL, VITRA, E15, CARL HANSEN, FRITZ HANSEN, HAY, FLOS LIGHTING, FOSCARINI LIGHTING, ARTEMIDE LIGHTING, BESTLITE LIGHTING, MOOOI, SWEDESE, LIGHTYEARS, TOM DIXON, LUCEPLAN, MAGIS, MONDAINE, ZEITRAUM and many many others. What’s more, because we are dealers for many of the world’s leading furniture brands we are able to source a huge range of products. Just ask and we’ll do our best. We will also be price competitive.
‘Utility Contract’ is a service for architects, interior designers and specifiers to purchase furniture, lighting and accessory packages for new build and refurbishment projects. Commissions include projects with Radisson Hotels, 3 Mobile, Jaeger, Cruise and Urban Splash as well as furniture and lighting for many bars, restaurants and private individuals. Please telephone 0151 494 9412 and ask to speak with our contract manager Julie Valentine or Dick Mawdsley for further details.
Thank you for taking the time to look at website – we hope you have an enjoyable browsing experience but if we can be of any help just ask. We’d also love to hear any feedback from you – good and bad!
Richard, Dick, Kate, Paul, Julie and all the Utility team.