Special Offers

Vitra Special Offers – FREE delivery + FREE Gift

27th October 2017

Vitra Special Offers

We’ve got some absolutely fantastic special offers on Vitra this Autumn / Winter season. Not only are we offering FREE delivery to UK mainland address on ALL Vitra orders over £70 but we’re also giving you the chance to claim a FREE Vitra gift with orders of qualifying product.

See below for more details.


Offer 1 – Vitra Eames Lounge Chair + FREE Gift

Buy any qualifying Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and choose either an Eames LTR Occasional Table or a set of 2 Eames House Birds (1x limited edition white bird + 1 classic black bird).

Shop Offer here.



Offer 2 – Vitra RAR + FREE Gift

Buy a Vitra Eames RAR Rocking Chair and choose either an Essential Eames Art Book or a Vitra Set Dot.

Shop Offer here.


Vitra Winter Stories – Inspiration Look Book.

Inspiration, Trends

10 Best Table / Desk Lamps For Your Home

26th October 2017

As British Summer Time (BST) draws to a close, there has already been a noticeable lengthening of the evenings. Less daylight comes with it’s disadvantages but there are more than a few advantages to the clocks going back too. It means an extra hour in bed in the morning and the perfect excuse to cuddle up in a cosy corner when you arrive home from work. It’s the perfect time of year to practise the ‘Hygge‘ lifestyle.

While the weather outside may be frightful, the right selection of indoor lighting can stave off the doom and gloom. You’re going want a selection of different light fittings for your home (check out our ‘lighting tips for dark nights’ article here) but for now we’re focussing on the humble table lamp. Perfect for setting the mood in a room. Here are 10 of the best options to consider for this Autumn / Winter.

Good news – our Winter Lighting SALE is currently on over at utilitydesign.co.uk so if you like what you see, you’ve got until November 6th to grab a bargain.


Menu Carrie Lamp

This lamp was actually inspired by the Danish word Hygge! This rechargeable LED lamp emits a soft, dimmable light and because it’s portable, it’s perfect for taking with your no matter where in the house you decide to throw your feet up.

Shop the Carrie Lamp here.


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Flos Taccia Lamp

Designed in 1962 this spectacular lamp can be used on the floor or table. Taccia features a dimmable LED light source and emits a reflective light upwards, at an angle chosen by the user. Perfect for setting the mood and acting as a distinctive addition to your room.

Shop the Taccia Lamp here.


Louis Poulsen Panthella Mini

The Panethella Mini is a piece of functional art. The integrated LED features 3 light intensity levels and offers a warm and comfortable illumination. The hemispherical shade reflects the light downwards, and the material used ensures that the majority of the light is spread diffusely in the room from the surface of the shade.

Shop the Panthella Mini here.


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Lightyears Night Owl Lamp

With a soft organic silhouette makes the Night Owl an effortless and informal table lamp – one that will spread a wash of warm Nordic light wherever it’s places. What’s more, the matt monochrome finishes and anti glare diffuser ensure this lamp will befit any colour scheme.

Shop the Night Owl here.


Menu JWDA Concrete Lamp

The JWDA’s concrete base, brass dial and opal glass dome make it a sophisticated blend of the tough and the fragile. The dimmable lamp emits a diffused light that makes it perfect for use on a bedside table, or a side table next to your sofa / lounge chair.

Shop the JWDA here.



Vita Copenhagen EOS Lamp Shade

The EOS lamp shade is crafted from goose feathers and gives off a lovely ambient light suitable for any room. EOS is a soft, tactile and sculptural light that’ll bring a new dimension to your lighting and decor, while also emitting a beautifully pleasant glow.

Shop the Vita range here.


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Vitra Akari 3A Lamp

This iconic mid century design is technically a floor lamp but at just 53cm tall we thought we’d include it. Named after the Japanese word “akari” which means “light” the 3A lamp represents both illumination and physical lightness. The handcrafted washi paper shade creates a soft, warm glow.

Shop the Akari 3A Lamp here.


Foscarini Kurage Table Lamp

The Kurage features a beautifully domed white washi paper diffuser and four leg base in ash – narrowed at the feet to reinforce it’s delicate design. As a side, table or ambient light this is a lamp of sculptural beauty with an ethereal personality.

Shop the Kurage here.


Louis Poulsen PH 3/2 Table Light

Design by Poul Henningson in the 1920’s the Ph series are based on the principle of a reflective three-shade system, which directs the majority of the light downwards. The shades are made of hand-blown opal three-layer glass, which is glossy on top and sandblasted matte on the underside to produce a soft and diffuse light distribution.

Shop the PH Table Lamp here.


Menu Bollard Lamp

With its flexible form one can hang the Bollard Lamp from the ceiling as a pendant, angle it as a spotlight for some intimate mood lighting, lie it flat on its side for a casual glow or place it on its foot to beam light upwards. However you style it Bollard will look great and comes in five muted colours to suit any interior setting.

Shop the Bollard Lamp here.


Time for more? Best Interiors on Instagram | Hygge: The Art of Danish happiness | Utility Follows Hannah Trickket

Featured Posts, Utility Follows

Utility Follows | Hannah Trickett – Hannah In The House

23rd October 2017

This week’s ‘Utility Follows’ feature is Hannah Thinnesen Trickett, founder and editor of interiors and lifestyle blog ‘Hannah In The House‘. Hannah’s keen eye for beautiful details and the personal approach she takes to writing has made her one of our favourite sources of interior inspiration on the web.

Having recently relocated to Copenhagen, Hannah is surrounded by great Scandinavian design and her coverage of her new life in the Danish capital has had us checking in on her blog with even more regularity than usual. Pay ‘Hannah In The House’ a visit for an inside look into the product launches and showrooms of some of Europe’s leading furniture, lighting and homeware brands including Utility favourites Menu, Hay & Skagerak.

We caught up with Hannah to discuss her route into blogging, the connection between interiors lifestyle and to find out which Instagram accounts she finds inspiration from. Here’s how the conversation went…

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Credit : Photography by Hannah Trickett

What inspired you to start blogging?

I was an interior designer in London and I had to stop work due to illness. A serious health condition that I have from childhood, named hydrocephalus (and was under control) unfortunately developed complications resulting in many hospital visits and operations. So, from a very busy creative career to a complete stop was frustrating to say the least. Starting a blog wasn’t  so much an inspiration but more like a need for a creative outlet. It was how I could stay within reach of the interior design world from the comfort of my home. At first it was a very basic tumblr account.  Then over time I moved it to WordPress and it has  developed into a blog and new career that I love.

How would you describe Hannahinthehouse.com?

I’d say that my site shares Scandinavian inspiration from interiors, design to travel. With aspects of minimalism and conscious design choices throughout.   

Accessories by Rikke Malling Photographed By Hannah Trickett

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

My personal style for home has a touch of soft minimalism, Scandinavian design, modern and slightly masculine. In all, much like what I talk about in my blog. I live for Scandinavian design for work and at home.

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

A connecting lifestyle is very important to me for a complete understanding of the culture, background and design aesthetics.  I love to travel around Scandinavia, explore nature, exhibitions and architecture etc. Though I’m not so naturally fashion focussed, this I am planning on changing. I have been whittling down my wardrobe inspired by a minimalist capsule collection, which has  been a learning curve.

Menu Space Photographed By Hannah Trickett

Are there any interior  trends that make you shudder?

Where do I start. I could talk about bad design for days but what really makes me shudder is the word ‘bling’ and everything  that represents it. That and aquatic themed bathrooms. *shudder*

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

There’s too much choice! I think it would have to be the Artek Screen 100 designed by Alvar Aalto in 1935. Such a simple and classic design, I’ve been lusting over this  for some time.

Photo Credit : Stingray Rocker Chair Photographed by Hannah Trickett

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

I love instagram, there are so many accounts that I love, I’ve listed 10 accounts that I’m loving right now.

@septemberedit ~ @lottaagatoninteriors ~ @pellahedeby ~ @stellamariabaer ~ @onlydecolove ~ @elisabeth_heier ~ @hegeinfrance ~ @catesthill ~ @Laurapshort ~ @apieceofcake82

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

Well to start with one of my first blog posts when moving to Copenhagen was of my
temporary  office in my kitchen/dining area. I’m currently trying to sort my house out but wanted to emphasise the point of avoiding buying throw away furniture. In particular furniture with no intention of being used again. If it is temporary it should be re-homed, recycled or reused in someway.

Then for some architectural and bold interior inspiration you should read my post about The Krane, Copenhagen’s incredibly unique design hotel.

Photo Credit : The Krane Photographed by Hannah Trickett

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Time for more? Best Interiors on Instagram | Hygge: The Art of Danish happiness | Utility Follows Kate Baxter 

Photography Credit: Hannah Trickett


Step Inside This Scandi Folk Style Apartment

13th October 2017

Get The Look

This small one bedroom apartment in Sweden features many of the styling elements synonymous with the recent trend of Scandinavian inspired interiors. White walls and furniture pieces create a bright and airy space while in contrast, the accompanying wooden accents, warm-toned accessories and indoor plants add an inviting and homely touch.

A combination of modern furniture and more rustic elements are used throughout the apartment resulting in a space that is contemporary without appearing sterile and rustic without seeming dated. We can’t quite decide which space is our favourite – the entryway with its glazed terracotta tiling and whicker plant pot or the living area featuring parquet flooring, modern furniture pieces and various soft furnishings.

Want to recreate the look?

Living Area :

Hay DLM Side Table

Fabula Living Thor Rug

Fabula Living Lotus Rug

Hay Ceramic Vase (in store only)

Louis Poulsen AJ Floor Lamp

Dining Area : 

Vitra DKR Dining Chair

Muuto Visu Dining Chair

Tom Dixon Brass Beat Pendant Light

Artek A330 Pendant Light

Desk Area : 

Hay Hee Dining Chair

Muuto Leaf Table / Desk Lamp

Louis Poulsen Yuh Lamp

Ferm Living Brass Hexagonal Pot


In need of more inspiration?

Our Scandinavian Pinterest board includes additions from the Utility team as well as awaqrd winning bloggers such as Matthew Pike and Hannah Trickett. You can view the board here.


Time for more? Norm Architects Feature | Utility Follows Natalie Holden | How to Declutter your home

Photo Credit:  Stadshem – Styling Credit: Emma Fisher 


Designers, Inspiration

Akris 2018 – Girard Tribute

9th October 2017

How Alexander Girard Influenced The Akris Spring / Summer 2018 Collection

The relationship between fashion and interiors has always been something that interests us here at Utility.  In the past we’ve covered fashion week trends that work in the home and when speaking to interior blogger Kate Baxter and instagrammer Oliver Hooson recently we made a point of asking how their choice of furniture & interior products reflected their personal style.

While most examples involve the use of a similar fabric or seasonal colour, the new Spring / Summer 2018 collection from Swiss fashion label Akris has a more direct relationship with interiors. The collection is a tribute to the versatile and vibrant oeuvre of iconic American designer Alexander Girard and his work with Swiss furniture giant Vitra.

In a recent interview with Vitra, Albert Kriemler the creative director or Akris states that the inspiration from the collection came after viewing the exhibition “Alexander Girard – A Designer’s Universe” at the Vitra Design Museum. Kriemler went on to explain that his view on role of fashion corresponds closely with Girard’s ‘mission of making the everyday life more enjoyable and more beautiful’.

Read the full interview with Vitra here.


Photographs courtesy of Akris.

Time for more? Norm Architects Feature | Utility Follows Natalie Holden | How to Declutter your home