10 February 2000

Huge changes for Irish retail

Retail consultancy Verdict Research is predicting “seismic shifts” in Irish retailing, creating a number of opportunities for retail design groups. An imminent review of current planning restrictions on large stores could lead to a spate of new store formats, says Verdict’s latest report, Verdict on Ireland 2000. Grocery stores are currently limited to a maximum […]

Candle store to roll out a new format

Specialist candle retailer Wax Lyrical is planning to roll out a store format, created by independent designer Rob Davis-Desmond, which it has been trialling in two sites since last September. The stores, in the Braehead and Oracle shopping centres, have traded ahead of predictions. A further seven sites have now been earmarked for conversion, with […]

Indes designs non-tangling power cable socket

Product design group Indes has completed designs for a power socket, the Rotasoc. The consultancy was commissioned to produce a non-tangling power cable socket for Techsol, which supplies power systems for offices.

BBC’s The Ozone given new opening look

A new title sequence and programme graphics will grace The Ozone, the BBC’s flagship music show for 15-24 year olds, from next week. Designers Rick Gledhill and Charlie Gatward of the BBC New Media Unit, part of the Arts and Classical Music Department, have used manipulated images of water tanks, melting plastic and burning petrol […]

Milestone puts K’nex together

UK-based toy giant Hasbro has re-launched the recently acquired K’nex construction toys, using packaging designed by small Beaconsfield consultancy Milestone. The brightly coloured range of K’nex Konstructors, packaged in kit form, is sold in 14 countries. They are in competition with similar construction toys made by companies such as Lego and Meccano. Milestone, formed four […]

Oven proofs

The younger generation wants to cook, but they don’t want a boring step-by-step guide. Sara Manuelli looks at a new breed of funky titles that are spicing up Delia Smith’s traditional recipe

Ups and downs of Dome design

Following a report this week in the Financial Times which claims that some, unnamed, design groups have not yet been fully paid for their work on projects in the Millennium Dome, Design Week looks at the difference Dome work has made to those involved.

Touch-screen kiosks to be rolled out in Italian petrol stations

Italian motorists could soon have access to banking and postal services, video rentals and information resources from touch-screen kiosks while refuelling at Italiana Petroli stations. Seven of the company’s nationwide network of service stations have fitted new interiors created by Minale Tattersfield & Partners. The interiors, which are currently on trial, include interactive touch-screen kiosks. […]

Trendsetter wakes up with MBB branding

Manchester design consultancy Montage Bridgewater Barron is developing a new identity for Oldham bedding manufacturer Trendsetter Home Furnishings. Trendsetter, traditionally a supplier of own-brand duvets and pillows to retailers such as Marks & Spencer, Habitat, House of Fraser and John Lewis Partnership, is looking to expand its own branded product ranges. The company will be […]

Hilton moves on to Habitat team

Habitat design head Tom Dixon has recruited furniture designer Matthew Hilton and fashion designer Georgina Godley to join the retailer’s design team. Hilton, who is currently working part-time with the retailer, will join full-time in April as head of design, furniture. His designs are expected to start going on shelf in about a year. Godley […]

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