Categories / Architecture, Design and Interiors

New Liverpool People Will Always Need Plates editions from Utility

Liverpool met cathedral

The People Will Always Need Plates team seem to have been extra busy lately, what with their new book, bags and notebooks. Here's some more designs produced from up their busy sleeves, an exclusive range featuring some of Liverpool's landmarks for Utility

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Categories / Design and Interiors

AR001 chair from Assembly Room

Another contemporary design that looks to the past, this AR001 chair from Assembly Room looks to the utilitarian designs of the 1950s.

The straight lines of the seat contrast with the splayed wooden feet of the chair, creating a striking, retro, and, most importantly, an inviting bit of seating. The chair is upholstered in pure new wool, available in a wide range of colours. 

Assembly Room is the work of Peter Wall and Cathy Spooner who have produced a small and perfectly formed range of furniture: you may want to check out AR006 too – that's the table pictured alongside the chair. 

Prices for the chair start at £995. 

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Categories / Food and Drink, Homeware

Cook’s Conversion Table tea towel by Utility

We introduced you to 1940s-inspired retro emporium Utility last year. This Cook's Conversion Table is a new addition to their charming tea towel collection.

As practical as it is stylish, the Cook's Conversion Table tea towel is invaluable to any cook braving the confusing world of weight & volume conversions. It's pretty nifty for drying your dishes too. Like all of their tea towels, it's handmade and printed in their Brighton studio on high quality cotton and is available in either plain white or striped.

The Cook's Conversion Table tea towel is £9.50 from Utility in store or by mail order. See the website for more details.

Categories / Women's Fashion

Utility Dress by Tara Starlet


Utility Clothing was introduced towards the end of 1941 by the British government to cope with the short supply of fabric. The Incorporated Society of Fashion Designers, lead by the likes of Norman Hartnell, Digby Morton and Hardy Amies, created over 30 different utility clothing designs that became hugely popular and are still greatly evocative of the period today.

Darlings of the vintage reproduction scene Tara Starlet have paid their tribute to 1940s wartime fashion with their version of the classic Utility Dress. The pin spot dress, accented with white buttons and piping, is available in 5 colours. Pitch perfect 40s chic for attending all those vintage events over the spring and summer months.

The Utility Dress is £75 from the Tara Starlet website.