Practice

Utility is an independent design office in central London working on cultural, commercial and private commissions.

U–approach

We understand people, place, business and construction, four things that need to come together for a successful project.

And as we want space to work, also to look and feel good for the long-term, it needs to be well-made, beautiful and adaptable.

To achieve this we rationalise space, maximise light, prefer natural finishes that will wear and won’t tire, and design in flexibility so that each project can survive a long life of changing use – the opposite of fashionable and disposable.

Good design, useful and lasting.

 

 

Work

We work on projects of all type and scale, collaborating with a network of construction industry consultants, fabricators and suppliers who share our aim of keeping a complex business simple and belief that getting the thinking straight at the start is the key to finishing well.

Completed work includes private commissions, specialist in-put for architects and developers and client adviser appointment, covering all stages in the design process from inception to hand-over.

Examples here, contact us to find out more.

 

 

  

Teaching

Amanda Culpin is visiting tutor at The Interior Design School on the Diploma course and directs Modules 3 & 4 of the Professional Certificate. Classes are in a working studio where students learn a rigorous process from concept to detail and communication, and go on to work across the industry in design practice, sales, research, journalism and styling. 

Network/Credits

DESIGN Amanda Culpin / Rosie Armstrong 

FABRICATION Martin Bates / Ashburnham / Signbox

CONSTRUCTION Cura / Desertoak / Mica Projects / Robin Ellis

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Grove+MIllican / Arambol

COST CONSULTING Measur / MPA

M&E/STRUCTURE  KH Associates / GD Partnership / Troupe Bywater+Anders

LANDSCAPE Davis Landscape Architecture / OliveGreen

PROPERTY/FACILITIES Cleverdon Associates

FURNITURE Case / Dodds&Shute / Hitch Mylius / SCP / Unto This Last

TEXTILES Christopher Farr Cloth / Larusi Tribal / Eleanor Pritchard / Wallace & Sewell

ART Bernard Jacobsen / GAS Gallery / Porthminster Gallery / Project Art

GRAPHICS Moore–Wilson / Studioh

PHOTOGRAPHY Gareth Gardner / Sophie Munro / Alexander Newton  / Jonathan Pile 

Clients/Sectors

CULTURAL/CIVIC The Actors Centre / Circus Space / Hounslow Civic Centre / Kensington Town Hall / Morley College / The Southbank Centre

COMMERCIAL Brandsmiths Limited / Cluttons / The Health Foundation / London Review of Books / Omnibus Limited / Bakers Dozen / Universal Consolidated / Wesley Barrell / The Work Foundation

HOTEL/APARTMENTS CBRE Global Investors / Danescroft Development / Montevetro / Native / Harpin Developments

HEALTH Community Health South London / Kings College Hospital / Royal Brompton Hospital / St George’s Hospital / The Medical Chambers

HOME Lower Common South / Millbank Court / Powerglide plc / Wellington Mills / Lower Common South

IDENTITY Covent Garden Estates / Leighton Goldhill / Navigator Securities