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Utility Follows | Charlotte Sintrat – Le Petit Fika

14th March 2018

Le Petit Fika

As we scroll through the Charlotte’s Instagram feed we find it very difficult to pick out an item that we wouldn’t like in our own home. Whilst not strictly minimalist the Le Petit Fika blogger does seem to carefully consider each object that she adds to her home, with every addition serving its own visual and/or functional purpose. As part of our Utility Follows series we caught up with the French-born filmmaker to find out a little more about where her design inspiration stems from and whether it extends further than just her home interior.

Read the full interview below.

Charlotte Sintrat Home Details | Image Source LePetitFika.com

What inspired you to start blogging?

“As a filmmaker I have always been a very visual person with a strong sense of what I find aesthetically pleasing. I’m also very much a nester and with a busy job in production that often means long hours or travelling a lot, it’s important for me that the places in which I eat, sleep and spend precious downtime are calming and with minimal clutter. 

Several years ago I visited Scandinavia for the first time and discovered that their way of life and design sensibilities were very much in line with mine, so I started Le Petit Fika to share my journey of discovering brands and places that I feel an affinity with. I’m more of a photographer than a writer, so the blog was the perfect place for me to be able to combine my loves of photography and design.”

How would you describe Le Petit Fika?

“It’s still a relatively young blog but I would say that it’s a place where I share some of the brands, products and places that inspire me. Being originally from France, Le Petit Fika is a fusion of my heritage and love for the Nordic way of life from the design, coffee breaks (known in Sweden as “Fika”, hence the name!), food and travel.

Behind it is the belief that instead of following current trends, we should do what feels natural to us and create spaces that are a reflection of our personalities. I’m also inspired by what others find inspiration in and what their stories are (that’s the storyteller in me!), so you’ll find a section on the blog called ‘In Conversation‘ which is a selection of interviews with designers and makers that I admire. I want to push to do more of those in 2018, because this dialogue with others is what I love the most about the way I work with people and brands. “

Charlotte Sintrat Home Details | Image Source LePetitFika.com

How would you describe your personal style, in your home?

“My style is definitely inspired by Scandinavian minimalism and French chic, as well as functionality. It’s quite clean, with a soft, restrained colour palette and natural tones. I love having a bright space with earthy tones, accent blacks, wood notes and the occasional greenery from plants. Being from the south of France, I am used to having natural colours in my home, no carpets and big, airy spaces, so this is something that has also inspired my own tastes combined with Nordic design.

I try not to have too many bright colours in my home; they can contribute to a feeling of things being cluttered and I find it difficult to relax.”

Does your interior style extend to other areas of your life? 

“My love of interiors extends to all other aspects of my life. You’ll never find me wearing much colour as I wear black, navy or grey and white on a daily basis. I also catch myself wearing stripes a lot because I can’t seem to escape the French heritage! My interior style is definitely an extension of my personal style. I spend a lot of my free time in France, going back to my roots and enjoying the slow and relaxed Mediterranean way of life. I also love to travel to Scandinavia to immerse myself in the culture and design – I’m always after my next cinnamon bun and great cup of coffee.

Charlotte Sintrat Home Details | Image Source LePetitFika.com

If you could have just one product from Utility, what would it be?

“The black Muuto Around Coffee Table in large. It’s been on my wish list for a while.”

Are there any Instagram accounts that you love and think we should be following?

“There are so many inspiring accounts and people out there, but to name a few of the ones I love:

@thesefourwallsblog – @selina.lauck – @septemberedit – @hegeinfrance – @aboutthishaus

@i_love_you_wedding – @designhunter_uk – @swantjeundfrieda


Finally, we’d like to do some reading over lunch – which of your recent blog articles should we start with?

“If you are passionate about British design and lighting then you might like my interview with Simon Terry, brand and innovation director at Anglepoise, one of my all time favourite brands.”

Charlotte Sintrat Home Details | Image Source Le Petit Fika

You can find Charlotte on Instagram here and on her blog here.

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Photography Credit: Charlotte Sintrat

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Utility Follows | Ingrid Opstad

6th March 2018

That Scandinavian Feeling

As part of our Utility Follows series we met Ingrid, the voice and driving force behind interiors & lifestyle blog That Scandinavian Feeling. Although Ingrid has completed a Masters Degree (Graphic Design) in Leeds, lived in London and currently resides in Milan, it is her Norwegian roots that seem to be the dominant inspiration behind her interior style. We were keen to catch up and see how she got into blogging and whether her Scandi inspired interior style extended to other parts of her life.

Read the full interview below.

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Image Source : Ingrid Opstad via That Scandinavian Feeling

What inspired you to start blogging?

“I started the blog while living and working in London as a graphic designer, encouraged by my boyfriend who built the blog for me. It was intended to be a place for me to be creative and share interesting design I discovered along the way. I guess in the beginning I was not thinking so much about where I wanted it to go, I just wanted to create something for myself.

After moving from London to Milano two years ago I started focusing a lot on my heritage, and wanted it to become an outlet where I could share about all things Scandinavian. As I am a Norwegian living abroad and trying to find a Scandinavian feeling from my surroundings, I changed the name of the blog to That Scandinavian Feeling.”

How would you describe That Scandinavian Feeling?

“I want That Scandinavian Feeling to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic minimalistic yet playful style. It is a place where I share my knowledge and love for Scandinavia: touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to Hygge.”

Image Source : Ingrid Opstad via That Scandinavian Feeling

How would you describe your personal style, in your home?

“I try to create a bright, minimal and cozy home, I guess you can say hygge is the right word to describe it. I have been focusing on adding personal touches in my home to make it more homely, little details like photos and Scandinavian design reminding me of where I am from and memories shared with loved ones. I enjoy creating my own little Scandinavian nest here in Italy, when I am in my apartment it makes me feel like I am back home in Norway but when I step outside I am yet again in Italy.”

Does your interior style extend to other areas of your life? (Your wardrobe, the places you visit etc??

“My love for Scandinavian style and interior is a big part of my life, in all aspects. I always try to discover cafes, shops and places with a certain Scandinavian feeling. For me, a café with a cozy environment and Scandinavian interior is the perfect hangout, so I try to hunt down these places in my daily life as well as on my travels. Recently I discovered a new place in Milano called the Hygge Café, it makes me miss home a bit less when discovering places like that.

Image Source : Ingrid Opstad via That Scandinavian Feeling

If you could have just one product from Utility, what would it be?

“That is a difficult question, there are so many beautiful pieces! If I had to choose one, it would have to be the String Pocket shelf, a timeless classic in my mind and something that has been on my wish-list for quite a long time now. Its minimal look and versatility makes for the perfect place to display all your favourite design items.”

Are there any Instagram accounts that you love and think we should be following?

“I am a big Instagram fan, and love discovering new accounts and get inspired. Because of that I created the hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling where I encourage people to share how they find That Scandinavian Feeling in their life. Each month I share a selection of these on the blog, and if you head to the gallery page you can see all of the featured accounts so far.

Here are a few accounts I am currently loving:

  • @latazzinablu – Italian blogger with the perfect Nordic style home
  • @thesefourwallsblog – Minimal perfection from a lovely wannabe Scandinavian (Editors Note: we also caught up with Abi as part of this Utility Follows series. Read that interview here)
  • @hamhennes – Norwegian couple with a passion for coffee & hidden gems
  • @fredrikrisvik – If I was a guy, I would take fashion inspiration from this Norwegian!” (Editors Note : The name may be familiar – he’s the guy behind ‘On My Eames‘)

Image Source : via That Scandinavian Feeling

Finally, we’d like to do some reading over lunch – which of your recent blog articles should we start with?

– “I would start by checking out the post I did about Finding Hygge, a film documenting the journey to discover the real meaning of hygge coming this year.

– If you need more calmness in your life read my latest blogpost with a few of my tips for keeping a peaceful and calm environment in your home.

– If you are after a gift for a Scandinavian design lover, you should have a look at my recent gift guide post full of timeless pieces.”

Image Source : Ingrid Opstad via That Scandinavian Feeling

You can find Ingrid on Instagram here and on her blog here.

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Photography Credit: Ingrid Opstad


Mother’s Day Gift Guide

23rd February 2018

Mother’s Day is on 11th March

Although they’re our everyday heroes all year round, Mother’s Day is the only day of the year that we can collectively celebrate just how good our mums are. Here at Utility, we know it’s really hard to shop for those who swear that they don’t want anything. This Mother’s Day Gift Guide will help you choose something that she’ll cherish.

For The Glam Mum

1. Dansk Smykkekunst ‘Vivienne’ Long Chain Necklace in Gold : £39

2. Dansk Smykkekunst ‘Tabitha’ Mini Circle Earrings in Rose Gold : £18

3. Tales From The Earth ‘Tree of Life’ Necklace : £29

4. Dansk Smykkekunst ‘Mix & Match’ Bracelet : £30

5. Skagen Sea Glass Drop Earrings : £40

6. Edblad Island Bracelet in Steel : £38

For The Mum With The Sweet Tooth

1. Stateside Treat Emporium – Pecan Pie Dark Chocolate : £4.50

2. Acme Liquorice Lab – Raspberry & White Chocolate Black Liquorice Bonbons : £10

3. Sugar Sin – Fizzy Prosecco Gummies : £3

4. Acme Liquorice Lab – Natural Liquorice : £10

5. Creighton’s Chocolaterie – Bourbon Biscuit : £4

6. Creighton’s Chocolaterie – Salted Caramel : £4

For The Mum Who’s A Homebird

1. Hay Crinkle Throw in Silver : £85

2. Spira Esmerelda Cushion : £25

3. Katie Loxton ‘Marvellous Mum’ Scented Candle : £16.99

4. Paddywax Mandarin & Lavender Eco Diffuser : £28.50

5. Normann Copenhagen NormNorm & Norma : £21 & £18

6. Umbra Grid Art Photo Display : £30

For The Mum That Deserves a Pamper

1. Meraki White Konjac Sponge : £5

2. L:A Bruket Rosemary & Lavender Hand & Body Wash : £21.50

3. Hay Tann Toothbrush in Rose : £4

4. L:A Bruket Bergamot & Patchouli Hand Cream : £9

5. Bath House Gin & Tonic Lip Balm : £5

6. Bath House Rosé Prosecco Soap Bar : £5

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The Story Behind the Verner Panton S Chair

13th February 2018

The first of its kind in many ways, the Panton S Chair was destined to be iconic.

Epitomising the mood of the time, the Panton S Chair design was possible due to chance: post-war advancements in technology were a catalyst for creatives looking to be inspired.

Similar to other designs of the 1960s, the S Chair was to an extent, defined by its material. True to its conception however, the chair has undergone three major production phases: evolving through time alongside material plastic technology.

The Panton S Chair Classic in Red. Image courtesy of vitra.com

Rooted in the functional yet playful ideas of the Fifties, the Panton S Chair is the first single unit cantilevered chair created from moulded plastic. Although a relatively normal material to use for furniture in the 21st century, thinking about plastic in the context of the era is vital to the understanding of the importance of the Panton Chair.

Although invented in 1907, synthetic plastic made from carbon polymers was popularised in the western world only in the 1960s. To use such a new material, most commonly used previously for its heat-resistant qualities rather than its aesthetic, was radical – but to combine plastic with colour in this seemingly gravity-defying chair design was revolutionary.

(c) Schnakenburg & Brahl, sourced from vitra.com

Born in Denmark in 1926, Verner Panton trained as an architect in Copenhagen before working alongside Arne Jacobsen. In 1955, he founded his own design studio through which his passion for colour and pattern was realised.

Working in collaboration with Vitra, the Panton S Chair was released in 1967 following years of refinement. This was Vitra’s first independently developed product and although it was designed for mass-market, the pilot launch included just 150 chairs. Later, due to quality issues as a result of ageing plastic compounds in the chairs, production ceased in 1979.

Image featuring Amanda Lear by Brian Duffy, Nova Magazine, 1971.

By this time, the chair had already amassed a cult following – having featured in Brian Duffy’s now infamous photo sequence with Amanda Lear entitled How To Undress In Front of Your Husband. A planned rerelease of the chair in the late 1990s would coincide with Vitra’s retrospective on Panton’s work, due to be hosted at the Vitra Design Museums in both Weil am Rhein and Berlin at the turn of the millennium. However Panton died in 1998, a year before he would see the iconic chair rereleased in a stronger and more durable polypropylene – the closest it would come to his original conception.

Utility stocks three current versions of the Panton S Chair. The Panton Chair, The Panton Classic, and the Panton Junior.


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Arne Jacobsen’s Most Iconic Designs

12th February 2018

Our favourite Arne Jacobsen designs

Arne Jacobsen is fondly referred to as the grandfather of modern Danish design and widely regarded as one of the most influential architects and designers of the 20th century. Throughout his life Jacobsen made significant contributions to architectural functionalism with his blend of modernist ideals and Nordic love of naturalism. 30 plus years after his death, the traces are still present today in the architecture we admire and the objects we use every day.

Many of his most iconic designs are pieces of furniture and we’re proud to stock the licensed originals here at Utility. As we celebrate what would be Arne Jacobsen’s 116th birthday, we take a look at our all time Jacobsen favourite designs.

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The Egg Chair

The Egg Chair from Fritz Hansen was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen – a project for which Jacobsen designed everything from the building itself right down to the furniture and bathroom taps. The roaming contours of the Egg Chair were designed to cocoon the user, allowing for a private space in a public setting.

The simple yet sophisticated design of the Egg Chair combined with its functionalism of commercial success has since seen the Egg Chair achieve ‘Design Classic’ status. Today, the Jacobsen Egg Chair sits in some of the world’s finest lobbies and lounges, but also perfectly suits any modern living room.

You can buy the Fritz Hansen Egg Chair at Utility here.

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The Series 7 Chair

The 1955 Model 3107 or Series 7 Chair as it is more commonly known represents a further development to Jacobsen’s Ant Chair (see below). The iconic silhouette of the Series 7 was made possible through the technique of pressure moulded veneering developed during the 1920/30’s.

The popularity of the Series 7 is down to its lightweight, stackable construction, and incredible versatility (available in a range of wood finishes, with castors and with arm rests). However, it was (arguably) a photoshoot featuring a nude Christine Keeler, taken by photographer Lewis Morley that catapulted the chair into mainstream knowledge. Despite the photograph featuring a replica chair, the publicity sent sales of the original Series 7 ‘through the roof’.

You can buy the Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair at Utility here.

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The Swan Chair

Like the Egg Chair, the Swan Chair & Sofa were designed by Arne Jacobsen as specialty pieces within the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Instantly recognisable by its curved silhouette, the Swan Chair’s three-dimensional shape and lack of straight lines made it a technical innovation. Designed in Arne Jacobsen’s home garage, the Swan’s was made from a synthetic mould, covered by a layer of cold cured foam and sat upon a star swivel base.

You can buy the Fritz Hansen Swan Chair at Utility here.

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The AJ Floor Lamp

The Louis Poulsen AJ lamp, named after the designer was designed in 1960 and managed to appear elegant and eye-catching while remaining refined and simplistic in its silhouette. The AJ Lamp produces as a direct light and features an adjustable shade that allows for the angle of light distribution to be directed where it is most needed. The cleans lines and unimposing design of the AJ lamp has seen it achieve design icon status and stand the test of time.

You can buy the Louis Poulsen AJ Floor Lamp at Utility here.

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The Ant Chair

Named ‘Ant’ due to its appearance resembling that of the insect of the same name, the Ant chair was designed in 1951 for a the canteen of a Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company. The light, stackable seating solution was originally designed with 3 legs so as to avoid the user getting his/her legs tangled in those of the chair.

Ant is a story of what may not have been. Originally viewed by Fritz Hansen as not having a commercial appeal, it went on to prove very popular and even acted as a evolutionery building block for the Fritz Hansen Series 7 chair – the company’s most sold chair in history.

You can buy the Ant chair in 3 or 4 leg base at Utility. Shop the designs here.

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The Drop Chair

A fervent believer in the integration of architecture and design, Jacobsen was responsible for almost every aspect of the SAS Royal Copenhagen project. As well designed the Egg and Swan chairs mentioned above, he created a limited number of the teardrop shaped Drop chairs specifically for use within the hotel.

Production of the Drop Chair was halted after production and stayed that way until Fritz Hansen re-introduced the chair in 2014.

You can buy the Fritz Hansen Drop Chair at Utility here.

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Grand Prix Chair

The Grand Prix Chair, or 3130 as it was originally named, by Arne Jacobsen was first introduced in 1957 at the Designer’s Spring Exhibition at the Danish Museum of Art & Design in Copenhagen. Later the following year it was awarded the ‘Grand Prix’ at the Triennale in Milan – the finest distinction of the exhibition, after which the 3130 received its new name.


The seat and back of the chair show an expert understanding of the human form and manufacturing capabilities, with the lightweight, durable plywood construction shaping comfortably to fit the user’s body.

You can buy the original Grand Prix in a wood base or steel legged base online at Utility.

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