HAY x Sonos x WeWork | Milan 2018

18th April 2018

A shared vision of the future of design

As part of their Milan Design Week activity HAY, Sonos and WeWork have come together to present their shared visions for the future of design, collaboration and living spaces. The exhibition which takes place in the historical Palazzo Clerici (Central Milan) takes the form of an entire built universe that seeks to explore the best in design, sound, living and work.


The ornate atmosphere of Palazzo Clerici sets the framework for a series of installations that celebrate the past while evolving for the future. The juxtaposition of old and new amplifies the experience and elevates design, while offering visitors the opportunity to explore numerous spaces, socialise, shop or attend topical discussions.


HAY will launch multiple new products from Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, GamFratesi, Stefan Diez and many more ranging from furniture to textiles as well as accessories and lighting. All new releases will be available to purchase online at Utility so keep an eye out on our HAY brand page for the latest updates.

HAY Furniture Items in Milan | Photo Diary

Pictured : The HAY Palissade Garden Furniture range designed by The Bouroullec Brothers. Available to order online here.

Pictured : The Eléméntaire Chair by Rona & Erwan Bouroullec. Launched at Salone Del Mobile 2018 the chair will be available to order online at Utilty from Monday 23rd April. More info here.

Pictured : Terrazzo Table available to order online now at Utility.

Pictured : Palissade Garden Bench. Available to order online now at Utility. Free shipping to UK mainland.

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Gubi Preview | Salone Del Mobile 2018

17th April 2018
Gubi | Salone Del Mobile 2018

Salone Del Mobile 2018 – What’s new from Gubi?

Salone Del Mobile Milan is well underway (17th – 22nd April) and many of the brands we stock are exhibiting their new collections – exciting! We’ve already covered Vitra’s Typecasting Exhibiton & Moooi’s typically-flamboyant Museum of Exctinct animals; now it’s time to look at what Danish design brand Gubi are up to this year.

Set up in the heart of Palazzo Serbelloni – a grandeur Milanese palace – the Danish brand find themselves in a setting that’s on par with their splendid designs. Palazzo Serbolloni has witnessed over two centuries of Italian history and design, so it’s only fitting that the neoclassical space is home to Gubi’s expansive catalogue of astonishing design works.

Gubi are exhibiting a range of new designs alongside some current favourites at Salone Del Mobile to create a 1200m² space spanning home, hospitality and contract settings.

Gubi Presents…

Amongst the new and the old, Gubi are excited to announce they have collaborated with some of the most notable mid-century designers for some of their new works; the Finnish master of light, Paavo Tynell, legendary French icons Pierre Paulin and Marcel Gascoin and Italian architect and designer Carlo De Carli are amongst the cast of designers Gubi have worked with. Now let’s take a closer look at the new Gubi products on show;

C-Chair – Marcel Gascoin – 1947

C-Chair - Marcel Gascoin

The C-Chair, designed by Marcel Gascoin in 1947, has been reinvigorated by Gubi and will be available to buy in mid-2018 in a range of solid wood finishes. The C-Chair represents the power – both politically and aesthetically – of Gascoin’s designs as the chair was originally designed to fit the new, smaller homes built after World War 2.

The C-Chair boasts an elegant shape yet a strong and sturdy design. The ample legs give the chair a strong structure that’s built to last whilst the details of the workmanship and light seat give the chair an inviting and light appearance.


Bat Lounge Chair – GamFratesi – 2018

Gubi Bat Lounge Chair - GamFratesi

The Bat Lounge Chair by design-duo and Gubi favourite GamFratesi follows suit with their recent range of animal inspired seating (check The Beetle Chair). The Bat chair takes inspiration from the wingspan of a bat to create deep, inviting seat; perfect for relaxation.

Following suit with traditional Danish craftsmanship, the Bat Chair balances simplicity and functionalism whilst carrying a strong design story. As with all Gubi upholstery the Bat Chair will be available in a wide range of fabrics and a choice of metal or wooden legs at then end of 2018.

Moon Collection in Marble – 2018


Gubi Moon Coffee Table - Space CopenhagenThe Moon Collection from Space Copenhagen is a striking table design that is inspired by the moon, as you can clearly see in the image to the left. The marble top – available in black, white, grey & brown – resembles the cretaceous surface of the moon and is playfully balanced against the riveted base to create

The Moon collection spans dining, coffee and side tables and is Space Copenhagen’s first foray into table designs. Available mid-2018.



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Vitra Typecasting | Milan 2018

17th April 2018

Typecasting : An assembly of iconic, forgotten and new Vitra Characters

In conjunction with Milan Design Week 2018, Vitra have teamed up with designer Richard Sadler to present an exhibition called ‘Typecasting’ in the former sports arena, La Pelota. Austrian born Sadler has curated the exhibition, bringing together 200 pieces from the extensive Vitra archive to juxtapose current products with design classics, prototypes, special editions and future visions.

Milan Design Week | Vitra introduce the Typecasting exhibition

Typecasting at Milan Design Week : The social function of furniture

The key theme explored by Richard Sadler in this year’s exhibition looks past the functional use of furniture pieces – in particular, the chair. Along with their obvious practical use as seating, chairs have historically always had an additional representative function: the selection of a specific chair is also a personal act of image cultivation.

In ‘Typecasting’, Sadler has organised the Vitra objects according to the personality traits he feels they posses rather than by their functions within the history of furniture.

“This organising principle offers a new view of the broad range of objects Vitra has contributed to design,” Stadler said. “As a transhistorical, non-hierarchical presentation, it combines different object typologies chosen from current and past production, special editions and prototypes.”

“Looking at familiar objects through the lens of self-staging and image cultivation sharpens the perception of furniture’s role in defining our personal and social profiles.”

Milan Design Week | Vitra introduce the Typecasting exhibition curated by Richard Sadler

Milan Design Week | Richard Sadler x Vitra : Typecasting

Objects in the installation

Products chosen for the exhibition include designs from the current Vitra portfolio, some of which are presented in unusual versions that are not commercially available. These include Vitra Editions – a company project that gave rise to numerous experimental designs between 1987 and 2007, such as the Vodöl armchair (1989) by Austrian architects Coop Himmelb(l)au, the Chair/Chair (1987) by American artist Richard Artschwager, or the Slow Car (2007) by Dutch designer Jürgen Bey. Amongst the prototypes and objects drawn from the museum collection, visitors will find the mould created at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the reproduction of the iconic design La Chaise (1989/90) by Charles and Ray Eames.

Two of the included objects : (Left) A lamp designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in 1951, (Right) T-Chair by Italian architect Antonio Citterio.


Two of the included objects : (Left) A lamp designed by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in 1951, (Right) T-Chair by Italian architect Antonio Citterio.

Accompanying events

Designer Panel: Typecasting. Objects as Characters – Wednesday, 18 April, 4:30 – 5:30 pm (La Poleta, Milan)

With Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren of Front Design, Robert Stadler, Maria Jeglinska, and Jon Stam of Commonplace Studio.

Moderated by Jan Boelen.

Tours: With curator Robert Stadler, 17./18./19. April, 9:30 am (Duration approx. 30 Mins)

Milan Design Week : Typecasting by Vitra

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The Museum of Extinct Animals: Moooi at Salone Del Mobile 2018

17th April 2018

Moooi at Salone Del Mobile 2018

So much of what is lived is lost and can still only live in our memories and imagination… We want to share our excitement, wonder and love, and try humbly, against our better judgement, to hold on to what is lost and celebrate it coming back alive again – Marcel Wanders

The Museum of Extinct Animals

Enchanted, intrigued, and often horrified by their myth-like discoveries, explorers of the past illustrated their findings in order to preserve memory. Once sighted, the animals quickly disappeared, leaving the imagination of the individual to fill in the blanks. In order to preserve this newly constructed memory and with the aim of publication, travellers drew their findings – resulting in a collection of mythologised animal drawings. These illustrations would come to validate their explorations: tangible physical displays of animals that were beyond the Western public’s wildest imagination.

At Salon Del Mobile 2018, Moooi presents The Museum of Extinct Animals – a chance to explore the extraordinary nature of these drawings. An immersive world lies waiting to be discovered by visitors, as nature’s diversity and the limits of the human imagination are celebrated alongside each other.

The Museum of Extinct Animals makes use of archive footage from museums across the globe. By celebrating nature’s diversity alongside the limits of the human imagination, Moooi displays a collection that is inspired by the textures, patterns and shapes found in drawings of extinct creatures. Elements of truth and falsity are playfully investigated through the collection, which includes fabrics, leathers, wall coverings and carpets – each designed to remember the animal, and the human, that inspired them. From high-pile velvet to jacquard; treated leather to mohair; as well as fluffy faux-fur, Moooi furniture designs are elevated to new heights with the new fabrics. Hundreds of years after the animals reached extinction, visitors to Salon Del Mobile are invited to touch the animals’ soft furs, cracked skins, and silken plumage.

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10 Of The Best Dining Chairs

2nd April 2018

Dining Chairs

The right dining chairs can do wonders to your home. They’ll unify the space, create a comfortable seating area, and can instantly update the room. If you spend leisurely Sundays around the table with a roast, or if your dining table doubles as a workspace – a key component to the heart of the home is the chairs you’ll sit on.

Here’s a selection of 10 of our favourite dining chairs from across our collection.

Eames DSW Chair

Designed by Charles & Ray Eames in 1950, the DSW Chair has got true staying power. The couple explored the idea of a one-piece plastic seat shell moulded to the contours of the human body, making drawings and prototypes over a number of years before they reached their conclusion. The DSW Chair was one of the very first mass-produced plastic chairs in the history of design. Its multifunctional personality has contributed to its formidable reputation – switch out the wooden base for the metal, making a sculptural yet elegant form.

Carl Hansen & Son Wishbone Chair

Carl Hansen Wishbone Chair

The Wishbone Chair was designed by Hans J Wegner, the man who is affectionately known as ‘The Master of the Chair’. Holding a special position in design history, it has been in production since its inception in 1950. Inspired by a portrait of a Chinese emperor and his throne, its curved form is characterised by the Y-shaped back rest. Made by Carl Hansen & Son, the combination of beautiful wood and the tactile, hand-woven papercord seat embodies the manufacturer’s philosophy: ensuring that the best materials are worked by only the finest craftspeople.

Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair

One of the best selling chairs of all time, the Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen is instantly recognisable. Designed in 1955 but made famous in 1963 in a photograph of Christine Keeler shot by Lewis Morley, the chair has seen huge success with over five million estimated to have been sold. Made of only two pieces – form-pressed plywood and metal legs, the chair is elegant in its simplicity. Now existing in a myriad of different colours and wood finishes, the chair has evolved to suit the modern home. Its lightweight form makes it an ideal dining chair – stackable, so that when more guests than expected turn up at your door, they too can have a seat at the table.

Gubi Beetle Chair

Gubi Beetle Chair

GamFratesi designed the Beetle Chair for Gubi in 2012. Inspired by the anatomy of a beetle with its hard shell and exterior patterning, the result is a beautifully formed dining chair with unrivalled comfort. Available in several variations: fully upholstered, front upholstered and unupholstered, and in many different fabric options, the chair is as adaptable as it is beautiful – achieving cult status.

Fredericia J39 Chair

Fredericia J39 Chair

The Fredericia J39 Chair was designed by Børge Mogensen in 1947 as part of ‘The People’s Collection’ of furniture, acquisitioned in the 1950s by Fredericia. Based on the philosophy of folk furniture from the Mediterranean, Mogensen wanted to create a chair with a tranquil and unpretentious aesthetic – something that would, inevitably, be timeless. A trained cabinet maker, his designs favoured more traditional materials: solid wood, papercord and brass components, creating furniture that is modest as well as breathtakingly beautiful.

Cassina Superleggera Chair

Cassina Superleggera

The Superleggera Chair is elegant, minimal and lightweight. Designed by Gio Ponti, widely regarded as a master of design, the chair is the result of a creative collaboration between designer and entrepreneur – perfectly balanced through it’s philosophy as well as it’s form. Weighing just 1.7kg, the chair has been expertly refined through decades of hard work, originally inspired by the work of the furniture artisans of the Ligurian coast. In its latest edition, the chair is available in natural ash, black lacquered or with a white frame, a classic and beautiful addition to any interior.

Hay About A Chair AAC20 Chair

Hay AAC20 Chair

The About A Chair AAC20 conveys a formal expression through its strong and balanced steel swivel base. The About A Chair series was designed by Hee Welling, based on a philosophy that prides itself on creating simple and useful objects. The chair’s curved shell and centred base provide a symmetrical balance, whilst the wide range of upholstery and colour options allow the design to be easily adapted to your requirements.

Carl Hansen & Son CH88 Chair

Carl Hansen & Son CH88 Chair

The CH88 Chair was designed by Hans J Wegner in 1955 but put only recently put into production in 2016. Carl Hansen & Son CEO Knud Erik Hansen said of the chair: “Wegner was an unsurpassed master when it came to exploring the applications and compatibility of different materials.” Minimal and refined, a curved steam-moulded back support has slightly upturned ends, leading into a tubular steel frame and an oval, wooden seat. The design of the CH88 Chair has been tweaked slightly to suit modern needs and is now available in different wood and colour options, as well as with an upholstered seat.

Knoll Tulip Chair

The Tulip Chair, designed in 1957 available as both a side chair and armchair, is an iconic design by Eero Saarinen. Both futuristic and classic, yet somehow retaining its organic form, the chair is perfect for a modern interior, epitomising the social change that happened in the late 1950s and early 1960s. With a moulded aluminium base and fibreglass reinforced plastic shell in either black or white, the chair is instantly recognisable as a design classic.

Vitra Panton S Chair

Panton S Chair

A true statement chair, ergonomic yet with organic qualities, the Panton Chair is a design classic. The product of years of collaboration between Vernor Panton and Vitra, it was released in 1967 and amassed a cult following quickly. Now available in the classic version (with shine) as well as the standard version and children’s version, the chair is a colourful statement that has proven itself to be a timeless piece of furniture history. To find out more about its story see one of our previous blog posts, here.


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