Categories / Homeware, Shops we like

Utility shop, Brighton

Utility teatowels

If you like simple, retro-inspired goods that do what they are meant to, then Utility in Brighton may be your ideal shop. 

It's named after the Second World War scheme that produced everyday products under rationing and their aim is to stock no frills, hard wearing goods from all eras. These include some products that are made in-house such as the 1940s inspired linen and cotton tea towels pictured above which cost £9.50 to £10. They also source a wide range of products encompassing hardware and other household goods, as well as a selection of second hand homeware. 

At the moment their web shop isn't up and running but you can browse the website and order anything you'd like via phone, email or the old fashioned way of popping into the shop. 

Utility is found on North Road Brighton or online here.

Categories / Design and Interiors, Homeware

Seed boxes by Clifford Richards

OMB seed

The seed box gets an update with these designs by Clifford Richards.

There's a choice of four different looks from the designer to choose from. There's the Second World War inspired Dig for Victory version pictured or, for something more associated with Richard's graphic Pop art style, take a look at the 'Grow your own' design. The other two designs feature colourful depiction of vegetables, both in a retro style. 

They work on a practical level too. They're made from heavy gauge steel to keep rodents out, with six ventilated compartments for seeds, and can be either mounted on the wall or left free standing. 

Quite an investment at £82 each but think of the money you could save on buying veg in the long term. 

Buy them from the Original Metal Box company