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Introducing the Kartell Generic Chairs

19th July 2017
Kartell Generic A & C chairs

Italian furniture & lighting brand Kartell have continued their foray into affordable seating designs with the release of two new chairs – Generic A and Generic C  designed by the prolific Philippe Starck.

The Generic range aims to uncover the ‘essence’ of furniture design by stripping designs back to their origins. In the beginning designers focused purely on shape and function, however contemporary designers have since added new meanings to furniture design. The Generic range has an ambitious goal to address this new approach to design; to identify the ‘generic’ seating models for different areas from offices to entertainment venues and create the ideal situational chair. This approach is clearly evident in the recent release of the Generic Catwalk and Generic Venice chairs (expected late 2017) that are synonymously named for their intended application.

Their two new Kartell Generic chairs, A & C are available to order now and lend themselves to any application – be it a home, cafe, restaurant, public space or even in your garden.

Kartell Generic A

Generic A GroupKartell Generic A Chair

The Generic A Chair is Phillippe Starck’s interpretation of what bare elements a chair “for all people” should contain. Made from modified polypropylene which makes it extremely hard wearing but also light, the A chair is Starck’s archetypical chair that’s suitable for a variety of settings. The understated design and flowing silhouette of the chair alongside its durability and sturdiness make it an inviting yet robust piece.

Kartell Generic C


Kartell Generic C GroupKartell Generic C Chair

The Generic C Chair (‘C’ meaning café) echoes the timeless elegance of the Chair No. 14 (Komsunstuhl Nr.14), a classic chair designed by Michael Thonet in 1859 which still graces the cafés, restaurants and dining rooms of the most sophisticated cities of the world after many decades. Inline with the Generic range’s aim to return to the ‘essence’ of furniture, the backrest and arms are understated and simple, yet functional. As with the Generic A, the C chair is made from modified polypropylene making it durable and versatile.

The Generic chairs lend themselves to any application – be it a home, cafe, restaurant, public space or even in your garden. As part of a ‘Generic’ family they come in a selection of colours and care suitable for outdoor use.

Both the Generic A and Generic C are available to order from out furniture & lighting store.


Graduation Gifts for 2017

7th July 2017
Graduation Gifts 2017

Give the the perfect Graduation Gifts this year…

It’s nearly that time of year again – mortarboards flying though the air, Prosecco flowing and gifts being given to celebrate university graduations nationwide. A graduation gift, like any other, needs to be thoughtful. So as your sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and even parents are starting to graduate, we thought we’d give you a helping hand in picking the perfect graduation gifts.

Read our Graduation Gift Guide below…

Graduation Gifts for New Home Owners

They’re no longer in student accommodation and might actually look after their ‘digs’ this time. So what do you get them? Luckily we’re a design led furniture & gift retailer, meaning we have plenty to chose from…

Moving into your new home at the start of your new adult life is exciting but it won’t feel like home for a while. So gifting a small home accessory that you know they will love like the Spira Face Cushions or character inspired Kokeshi Dolls is sure to make them feel at home. We also have decorative pieces like the Muuto Crushed Bowl or Ferm Living Hexagon pots if they are a design aficionado. Want something more practical? Look no further that the Hay Beam Coat Rack or Areaware Table Tiles.


Graduation Gifts for New Home Owners

  1. Hay Beam Coat Rack 2. Kokeshi Dolls 3. Spira Face Cushions 4. Minimal Wall Clock 5. Muuto Crushed Bowl 6. Ferm Living Hexagon 7. Muuto Crushed Bowl 8. Hay Kaleido Trays 9. Ferm Living Enter Mirror

Graduation Gifts for a New Job

They’ve finally stepped foot into the ‘real world’ and secured themselves the graduate job they’ve been frenetically panicking about for the past year or so. So how do you celebrate that? Don’t worry we have you covered…

How about a gift that will add some character to their desk? The Concrete Desktop Planter will add a splash of greenery whilst the Vitra Toolbox will keep their desk organised and their colleagues impressed. The Ferm Brass Pencil Pot matches perfectly with the Hay Tray in Gold and are sought after highly by stationery lovers. If you think they need something more practical why not try a Kaweco Pen, Design Letters Notebook or the Alessi Bis Paper Knife? Finally, if you’re worried they’re still stuck in student hibernation mode, an INSTRMNT watch is a no-fuss everyday timepiece that will keep them on track and on trend.

Grduation gifts for a new job1. Alessi Bis Paper Knife 2. Vitra Toolbox 3. Design Letters Notebook 4. Ferm Brass Pencil Pot 5. Hay Tray in Gold 6. Concrete Desktop Planter  7. INSTRMNT 01-c 8. Kaweco Pen

Graduation Gifts for the Traveler

Not everyone jumps straight into adult life after graduation. For those that decide they would rather jump into the pool in an exotic resort or jump off a cliff in New Zealand, here’s the perfect gift for them…

Travel Listography will help them plan out the finer details of their trip and you can help them set them off on in style with the Sunnylife Watermelon Tote and  Hay Sleep Well cushion. Once they’re hopping from country to country the Chilly’s Water Bottle always comes in handy and this Sunnylife underwater camera will make sure they catch every single moment. Think they’ll be doing more lounging that travelling? Why not gift them the hugely popular Sunnylife Pineapple Float. When they finally return home, they can keep a record of where they have travelled to with the Deluxe Scratch Map.

Graduation Gifts for the Traveler

1.Sunnylife underwater camera 2. Sunnylife Pineapple Float 3. Hay Sleep Well 4. Travel Listography 5. Sunnylife Watermelon Tote  6. Deluxe Scratch Map 7. Chilly’s Water Bottle

That’s our round up of graduation gifts for 2017. Check back next week for a list on the best places to eat for Graduation in Liverpool.

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Creative Classes in Liverpool

29th June 2017
Creative Classes in Liverpool

Let your creative juices flow with these classes in Liverpool…

Liverpool is a hub of creative activity with more museums and galleries than any other city outside of London and a history of successful creatives – it’s easy to see why the city attracts a creative crowd. So whether you need to scratch that creative itch or you want to try something totally new, look no further than these creative classes in Liverpool.

Print Studios @ The Bluecoat

Whether you’re a complete novice or you have some experience with printing techniques, The Bluecoat has a print workshop for suitable you. Starting from Printmaking for Beginners right through to Intermediate Screen Printing, there is a wide option of classes depending on your experience. Classes run from 11-am – 5pm and cost £60 – well worth it if you start turning your newfound skill into a source of income. Here’s what the Bluecoat have to say about their print classes;

We offer introductory workshops for beginners and intermediate workshops for those who would like to expand their print knowledge – all taught by experts in their field. 


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Sketching @ Sefton Park Palm House

Sketching a beautiful, exotic palm house on a Sunday afternoon. Need we say more? This sketch class ran by Dot-art and artist Josie Jenkins is a 3 hour workshop (£25) that will give you the opportunity to learn basic techniques to help you draw from observation. The workshop aims to help you express what you see through drawing, all in the inspiring surroundings of the Sefton Park Palm House. The next class is July 9th 2017 and you can buy tickets here.

Graffiti Classes @ Zap Graffiti

Although graffiti is illegal and sometimes frowned upon, it’s still an art form. A powerful one too. Zap Graffiti have managed to bridge the gap between art form and ‘vandalism’ by promoting graffiti as a positive art form. Those interested in graffiti can start with a beginners class for £20 where they are given spray paint and a blank canvas to let their creativity run wild. For those who want to take it up as a hobby, Zap Graffiti welcome artists to use their wall space instead of graffitiing in the surrounding areas.

We provide sanctioned walls for folks of all ages to get creative. If after the class you wish to carry it on as a hobby, we have the space to do it.

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Silversmithing @ Noctua Jewellery

Fancy a class were you can take home something you’ve designed or gift it to a loved one? Noctua Jewellery run a Silversmithing class where you can create two stacking rings in two designs of your choice. All of the materials are provided and you’ll learn how to cut, hammer, anneal, form, file, pickle, polish, texture, stone set and solder silver to in this three hour workshop. The workshop is £55 with everything you need included – refreshments too! You can book the class here.

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Events @ The Tate

The Tate is one of Britain’s most celebrated art institutions and they offer once-in-a-lifetime events and workshops to inspire and unlock the potential of creative individuals. Their events calendar is full of workshops, talks and events from world renowned artists that are open to the public. Although they don’t have running classes focused on one topic, you can pick and choose which events interest you most or even try your hand at them all to see where your creative capabilities lie.

To give you an idea of the events, talks and workshops available check out the Tate’s event page and select Liverpool Tate.

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Pottery Class @ The Baltic Clay

Pottery is a difficult skill to master – that’s where the Baltic Clay come in. Baltic Clay is a new ceramics studio for independent makers, hobbyists and beginners to test out their pottery prowess. Based out of Liverpool’s bustling creative community, Baltic Creative, the studio offers the space and equipment for independent ceramicists to continue to create their work or for hobbyists and beginners to master their craft via lessons and workshops. A 3 hour workshop costs £20 and a full-day 6 hour course is £38. Here’s what they have to say about the studio…

Centred around individual learning needs with no emphasis on a qualification. A relaxed atmosphere catering to the needs of the individuals.

Art Classes @ dot-art

Dot-art are dedicated to offering art courses in a wide range of subjects in stunning venues across Liverpool. Class venues include Liverpool’s landmark arts centre the Bluecoat and the iconic Sefton Park Palm House in leafy south Liverpool. Their 10 week courses are perfect for beginners and will take you through all there is to know about the subject of matter. Their current courses cover wood sculpting, life and portrait drawing and jewellery making. You’ve just missed the boat for this batch of classes, however they refresh their courses three times a year and you can sign up for information regarding future courses here.

All our sessions are delivered by experienced local tutors and teachers.


So that’s our round up of only a few of the creative classes in Liverpool you can get stuck into. If you’ve been to any of the classes or are planning on, let us know about your experience over on Facebook or Twitter.

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New Store Opening | Utility at The Albert Dock, Liverpool

19th June 2017

Exciting times ahead on Liverpool’s Albert Dock

We’re delighted to announce the opening of our newest gift pop-up store in Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock. The store will be located in Unit8 The Colonnades and will stock a carefully curated edit of contemporary items for design aficionados.

As well as our usual selection of the best in modern jewellery, watches, greeting cards, and gifts – there will also be a number of exclusive Utility products championing Liverpool’s cultural heritage and world city status to whet the appetite of Liverpool residents and tourists alike.

As the Albert Dock seeks to re-position itself as Liverpool’s premium independent retail and restaurants location, we feel as though the time is right to test the water (excuse the pun). The goal is to improve the tourist experience and re-engage Liverpool residents who don’t necessarily visit the dock – something we’re very passionate about and excited to get behind.

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To celebrate the opening…

To celebrate the store opening (Friday 23rd June, just in time for the River Mersey Festival) we’re giving away 15% OFF in store purchases when you display the Facebook Event or a Utility Leaflet (handed out around the area on opening weekend).

We’re also running a competition that gives you the chance to WIN £250 Utility gift voucher. To enter, simply provide a member of staff with your email address. Doing so will also give you 10% off your first order online and a first look at all special offers via the Utility newsletter.

View the Store Opening Event on Facebook here


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What’s on in Liverpool: Summer 2017

15th June 2017

From a secret cinema showing of Grease to a round the world yacht race, Liverpool’s cultural calendar is jam packed with events to fill those magical Summer days and nights. Utility is even opening a pop-up shop in the Albert Dock, which just goes to show you don’t need to hop on a plane to discover amazing new sites! Check out our round up of the best of what’s on this Summer in Liverpool.

Independent Liverpool Cult Cinema Night

Get the events calendar rolling before those summer days start driftin away. This Friday Independent Liverpool are hosting a secret cinema night in Grand Central’s Victorian-style theatre & event space, showing the 70s cult-classic Grease. The space is equipped with a bar so leave Sandra-dee behind and prepare for a night of boozing, singing and dancing along to your favourite Grease hits! Buy your tickets here.

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Hip Hop Wine Shop

The Hip Hop Wine Shop puts a spin on the traditional wine festival! This all day party will offer 50 wines from all over the globe, as well as cocktails, fizz, and a selection of cheeses! Tickets are still available so book your space asap. Why not make a day of it by opting for a boozy brunch at Camp and Furnace before the festival begins?

Summer in Liverpool

Africa Oyé Music & Culture Festival

The UK’s largest free celebration of African music and culture- Africa Oyé – returns to Sefton Park this weekend (which, as it stands, is going to be hotter than Gran Canaria!) With a line up including Max Romeo, Mookoomba and Grammy award-winner Dobet Gnahoré the festival hosts artists from all across Africa, as well as the Caribbean and South America. There’ll also be stalls selling food, drink and crafts from Africa and beyond, making it a true celebration of multiculturalism and tolerance that shouldn’t be missed!

Mersey River Festival

Another popular annual event, the Mersey River Festival returns to Liverpool on the 24th-25th June this year for a family fun weekend of Maritime magic. Head down to the Waterfront to  see ships sail into the city and to enjoy land and water boat displays.  Like last year the programme includes the Northern Boat Show and the British ThunderCat Racing Tour, but will also take on a special dimension as it coincides with Liverpool being the national focus for Armed Forces Day, and with Utility opening our new pop-up shop near the Tate….

What's on In liverpool Summer 2017

Utility Pop-up Store!

Speaking of which….Come and join us for the grand opening of our Pop-up shop on Friday 23rd June at the Albert Dock and see what we have in store for you. As well as our carefully selected range of design led greetings cards, gifts and accessories we will have exclusive offers on the day, 15% discount when you show our Facebook event at the till, 10% off your first online order and a chance to win a £250 Utility voucher! The store will be located at Unit 8, The Colonnades – just a short walk from the Tate. Find more details on our Facebook page

Baltic Market Opening Weekend

Independent Liverpool’s highly anticipated Baltic Food Market will finally launch on the 30th June, kick-starting a three day local food and drink extravaganza to celebrate the opening (it will run Thursday-Sunday every week thereafter). The launch nights will feature plates from the city’s best street food traders as well as a special cocktail menu, a selection of R&H Fine Wines and  a bar full of local Liverpool craft beer, because eating’s thirsty work, right?

Everyman Rep Company Finale

This year saw the launch of the Everyman Theatre Rep Company- an in house company of 14 actors staring in five Everyman productions. If you missed any (or want to see them again) then you’re in luck! From now until July the company will re-present the whole season, as Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers are joined  by a storytelling giant, zero hours’ workers, Antarctic explorers and a Russian peasant milkman. Head to Hope Street for spectacular performances of Fiddler on the Roof, the Story Giant, The Conquest of the South Pole, The Sum and Romeo and Juliet. View all performance dates here.


The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time is an award-winning production based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same name. Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards and five 2015 Tony Awards® it’s not to be missed when it comes to Liverpool Empire Theatre for a four day stint in July and makes a great family activity. Book your tickets here


The sensational Liverpool International Music Festival kicks off in July, with another fantastic line up of new talent as well as big names. This year’s theme is Remember The Times and will explore and showcase pivotal music moments throughout the decades including those that gave rise to genres such as hip-hop, house and pop. For music lovers it’s a great event as unlike other festivals it caters to all music tastes. View the full line up here.

Liverpool Pride Festival

Staying firmly on the festivals, Liverpool Pride will take place across two days at St George’s Quarter on Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July 2017. Shining a light on diversity, we’ll see a return of last year’s stunning ‘Come out of the Shadows’ project. Iconic buildings, venues and city businesses including St George’s Hall, Liverpool Central Library, the Everyman theatre, FACT, Merseyside Police Headquarters and Barclays Bank will be lit up in the colours of the iconic Rainbow Flag – helping make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT+ city in the UK.

Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

The world’s longest ocean race (400,000 miles!) is back and will once again be starting and finishing in Liverpool. The Clipper Race Fleet arrives at the Albert Dock on Monday 14th August, with events and activities being held throughout the week leading up to the take off. A full schedule of entertainment is yet to be released but Albert Dock’s Chief Executive Sue Grindrod,  said: “The Clipper 2017-18 Race Start is going to be yet another spectacular event this summer for our visitors….The yachtsmen and women are guaranteed a warm Liverpool welcome in August before they embark on their intrepid adventure.” We can’t wait to find out what they’ve got in store!

What are you looking forward to this Summer? Let us know on Facebook & Twitter 

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