Practice

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

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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.

 

 

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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. 

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

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 / Designer Electrical / Troupe Bywater+Anders

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