UTIL is a furniture and accessories brand for your home designed all around Europe and produced in Portugal. Together with some of the best emerging young designers our collection was developed focused on the social and hospitality side of everyday objects. Time as become a valuable asset and for that reason UTIL wants you to make the best of it every time you welcome someone at home. We looked carefully into the particularities of our everyday routines in order to understand the importance and the role of furniture and accessories have in such events.
UTIL’s first collection is thought as narrative which kicks off the moment you open your front door. The coat hanger Hal is at first a high wall shelf where you drop your keys but also hang your coats underneath decluttering the view of your hallway. You politely ask your guest if he wishes something to drink and so a tray comes with an elegant and sophisticated set of carafe and glasses, Dual, designed by Relvão Kellermann. Your home is always ready to seat that extra guest since you have Oyster. A solid ash stool designed by Geckeler Michels which can also be a table. Its three legged structure and sectioned seat give it a strong graphical aesthetic and at the same time an orientation which can be put against the side of the sofa. The conversation is getting interesting and we don’t want it to stop there. It is then that Basso comes along. A mini bar on wheels which keeps your bottles on the bottom bucket and its top serves as a tray with a cork mat for your glasses.
The Spout on top of the table keeps your fruit well rinsed and ready to pick. These and all of the other products make the best out its materials in an honest manner and define the details with the care they deserve. They define UTIL’s first collection challenging contemporary aesthetics and its everyday use. Joschua’s Brunn AB is a good example with its geometry given by nature and precisely crafted in sand casted aluminium. For us is just as important a care understanding of the context in we live by and work as it is the details that make our products.
Is a berlin-based design duo formed by David Geckeler and Frank Michels. Both designers met during their studies and founded their studio in 2013. Since the beginning, the duo is working on designs in the field of furniture, tableware, lighting and accessories. GECKELER MICHELS’ eclectic style matrix ranges from german design roots, Berlin playfulness and a self-evident awareness for a global style in design aesthetics. Conceptual approaches are being combined with functionalist purity and simplicity in order to form everyday life objects with long lasting quality and appeal.
Is a german designer based in Paris. In 2010 he received a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture, and in 2012 completed a master’s degree in product design at Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL). Since then he has been working as an assistant for Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. As an independent designer and observer he is developing precise objects with a passion for materials and manufacturing. In 2013 he designed “Petit Central” – a table light made of a marble base and a freely rotatable light source.
Manuel Amaral Netto
Graduated from ESAD-Cr in 2006 acquired a master in Design Products at ECAL, Lausanne, in 2013. Co-funds From Industrial Design in 2014 and it presents their first collection during the Salone Satellite where they win the 1st prize with Volta Lamp. He has since then worked for a variety of different brands and institutions such as Cassina (it), USM (ch), Leucos (it), Baccarat (fr) AICEP (pt) or Vista Alegre (pt). He has since 2015 taken over the creative direction of UTIL.
RelvãoKellermann develop and create new products and objects together with its clients by constant analyzing, researching and solving problems, by discovering new usages and scenarios with an eye for new materials/technologies and changes in the current society. (photo Martina Borsche)