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Design Digest 04

Contemporary Designer Furniture, Lighting & Accessories Favourites

With so many exciting things going on in the world of home interiors and with such a huge selection of amazing product going live on our website each week, we're never short of items to add to our wishlist or Pinterest boards.

With things moving so quickly though we've decided to create a new blog series that focuses on the 5 furniture, lighting and home accessories that have caught out eye each week.

Panthella Portable Lamp

Designed by Verner Panton, the Panthella Lamp is an instantly recognisable lighting design classic. Both the foot and shade of the lamp act as reflectors, meaning that light is distributed evenly from two directions.

Updated for modern life, this portable version of the lamp can be charged in advance either wirelessly or by USB allowing users the convenience of a light source that can be carried around the home.

The Panthella Portable lamp comes with a USB-C cable and has three dimming options.

Panthella Portable is available now for £175 - Shop now

Series 7 Chair

The Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen from Fritz Hansen  was designed in 1955 and has become one of the greatest selling pieces of furniture ever designed. The Series 7 became a pop culture icon in 1963 after being featured 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.

Series 7 is available now for £368 - Shop now

Echasse Vase Collection

The Échasse collection from Menu was designed by Copenhagen based architect and designer Theresa Rand and consists of 4 vase options and 2 bowls. Each piece is characterised by an elegant drop-shaped form that, despite being inspired by laboratory test tubes, is much more suited to showcasing your favourite flowers than it is chemistry experiments.

The mouth-blown glass vase shown above is anchored to the floor by a slender four-legged brass base that offers a unique contrast to the smoked colour gradient glass. Échasse looks beautiful paired with complementary accessories but also as a standalone objet.

The Echasse collection is available now with the medium vase coming in at £270 - Shop now

Saarinen Tulip Table

The Knoll Saarinen Tulip Table is every inch a design classic. Designed by Eero Saarinen in 1957 it's a futuristic design which has transcended the decades and remains as popular and contemporary today as it did back then.

With a cast aluminium base in black or white the series included tops in popular laminate as well as a range of coloured marbles (white, black, deep red, brown and green) and woods including walnut, teak, rosewood and oak.

Now finished in both glossy and matt finishes the table has been adapted to every application. With round and oval dining and coffee tables in various sizes, the family also includes side tables - ideal for lounge areas as well as bedside tables. Elegant and timeless a Saarinen Tulip Table looks at home in any interior, regardless of style.

The Saarinen collection is available now - Shop now

String Shelving

String Shelving is the original Swedish shelving system designed by Nils Strinning in 1949. Added to, developed and enhanced through time, the String Shelving collection now includes variations such as Pocket String, a smaller, out-of-the-box shelving solution. For the original, modular String system, start with String Shelving - the diverse nature of string shelf components allow for configurations with the capacity to evolve.

With its distinct Scandinavian appeal, String Shelving is loved by designers and architects across the world for its simplicity and practicality. Shop String Shelving UK at Utility - 100% Original Design. 

The most comprehensive collection of String Shelving is available now at Utility - Shop now

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