Practice

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

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

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

Good design, useful and lasting.

 

 

 

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Studio

Build Studios 203 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7FR

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Work

Feasibility / design, detail & management / furniture & art / graphic identity

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Sectors

Arts / Education / Home / Workspace / Highstreet / Health / Hotel / Exhibition 

Project Type

FEASIBILITY A stand-alone audit, or the beginning of a complete design: you tell us what you want to achieve and we test the space to assess fabric, services and plan alteration. This allows you to check scope, costs and timing, understand what is possible, and confidently decide how to proceed. 

DESIGN All stages from audit & brief, first ideas, permissions, appointing consultants, construction detail, lighting, specification and managing work on site. We keep a sometimes-complex process simple, and believe that getting the thinking straight at the start is the key to finishing well.

FURNITURE & ART In partnership with designer/makers, dealers and contemporary suppliers we advise on furniture, products and art, from a single commission to fitting-out a hotel, with expert knowledge and wide industry contacts.

CONSULTANCY Work with architects, developers and public clients providing specific strategic and technical advice, on a project basis.

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Concept

Re-invented Gym

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SPACE Simplify the plan to make clean spaces with overlapping function, maximise daylight, use natural and neutral finishes that will wear and won’t tire, and leave the rest - the detail & texture - to whoever uses the place. The bones of the house (or surgery, shop, town hall, hotel, anywhere) should survive whatever is thrown at it and in this way be long-lasting, the opposite of fashionable, disposable design.

COLLABORATION We do the things we are good at, and team up with engineers, builders, makers, planners & managers as needed, to suit the job.

SUSTAINABILITY Reduce, re-use, recycle, and for anything outside this we specify from sustainable sources and work with responsible and reliable suppliers.

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Feasibility

23 Apartments

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Change of Use

Medical Chambers

Teaching

Amanda Culpin is visiting tutor at The Interior Design School on the Diploma course, and directs Modules 3 & 4 of the Professional Certificate with Rosie Armstrong. Classes are in a working studio where students learn a rigorous process from concept to detail and communication – a process allowing students to develop individually within a professional framework. Graduates now work in architectural and design offices, run their own studios and practice across the industry in sales, research, journalism and styling. 

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Client Adviser

Hounslow House

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Show Time

IDS Diploma

Network / Credits

INTERIOR DESIGN Amanda Culpin / Lee Hanrahan / Marian Lynch / Rosie Armstrong

ARCHITECTS Formwork / Kilburn Nightingale / Hamson Barron Smith

CONSTRUCTION Cura / Desertoak / Mica Projects / MKM / 345 

FABRICATION Martin Bates / Ashburnham / Signbox

PROJECT MANAGEMENT Arambol / Grove+MIllican

COST CONSULTING Measur / MPA London

M&E/STRUCTURE KH Associates / Designer Electrical / Troup Bywaters + Anders / Urban Projects / Complete Lighting

PROPERTY/FACILITIES Cleverdon Associates

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

LANDSCAPING Black Dahlia / OliveGreen / Davis Landscape Architecture 

TEXTILES Christopher Farr Cloth / Larusi Tribal / Colourhouse / Wallace&Sewell

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

GRAPHICS Andrew Roberts / Moore–Wilson / Studio h 

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

Clients

ARTS/EDUCATION The Actors Centre / Ceroc Enterprises / Circus Space / The Interior Design School / Morley College / The Royal Festival Hall

CIVIC Kensington Town Hall / Hounslow Civic Centre

HEALTH Community Health South London / Global Healthcare Resources / Kings College Hospital / Navigator Securities / Royal / Brompton Hospital / St George's Hospital

HIGHSTREET London Review Cakes / Mia Rigo / Bakers Dozen / Urban Rock / Wesley Barrell

HOTEL CBRE Global Investors / Danescroft Land / Guest Invest / Harpin Investments / Native

HOME Inti Limited / Lower Common South / Millbank Court / Montevetro / Powerglide / Wellington Mills

WORKSPACE Brand smiths / Cluttons / The Health Foundation / Little Green / London Review of Books / National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers / Omnibus / The Work Foundation / Universal Consolidated