UTIL: Design for life | OPUMO magazine

We all need the essentials to organize our lives. Ordinary objects like shelves and coat racks. UTIL is the boutique Portuguese brand that believes these seemingly ordinary pieces should be extraordinary, carefully crafted to last and blend easily into our ever-changing lives.

Lisbon locals Manuel Amaral Netto and Tomás Carval founded UTIL to create furniture that, as they say, “blends in rather than stands out, and is intentionally designed to be useful and subtle”. Simplicity of design and use is essential. There is a quiet delight in each of their pieces. It’s not furniture as a fashion, it’s furniture as a function.

UTIL translates from Portuguese to “useful” and it’s the key to these unlikely revolutionaries of form following function. The style here comes a lot from what the pieces are designed for. The collections focus on meeting storage needs in more and more challenging urban apartment spaces. These key utility items should not be forgotten as an afterthought. For Util, they are designed for your life.

UTIL’s curiosity about how we live – that is, how we really live – directly feeds into this young brand’s perfectly calibrated range of objects. Shelving – whether free-standing or wall-mounted – is essential, while the Basso trolley delightfully combines the essence of an Italian bar trolley with the idea that it’s also ideal for magazines. So useful that we already want one.

Rethinking the obvious is at the heart of everything UTIL does. A simple coat rack becomes a small, usable piece of sculpture that will enhance your life with its timeless presence, as well as its essential function of organizing coats and hats. This is the UTIL way: to design and manufacture products that once were part of your life and have become indispensable.

Nothing here is disposable. Everything is designed in Lisbon, and manufactured not far away in the UTIL studios. There is care and craftsmanship in every product, and that will only add to its lasting value in your home. A very rare blend of useful and effortlessly elegant.

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