10 October 1996

Design will triumph in future consumer goods

An explosion of interest in design is forecast by the year 2000 as UK companies arm themselves to beat off global competition, a new survey reveals. The survey, of delegates at a conference on innovating fast moving consumer goods, found more than 80 per cent expected design to be crucial in improving the quality of […]

Groups pitch for job on Nobel prize centre

Seven consultancies are pitching to design exhibitions at The Big Idea, a centre to celebrate a thousand years of Nobel prizes, which has just been promised 5.3m by the Millennium Commission. The Big Idea is planned for the Ardeer peninsula in Ayrshire, Scotland. The centre declines to name groups but reveals that a shortlist is […]


Black and Decker is to launch a new heat gun for paint-scraping. Newcastle consultancy The Product Group worked with Black and Decker’s in-house team to take the design from concept to tooling in just four months. The brief to The Product Group envisaged one unit to combine the two swing-handle and pistol-style products in the […]

Signs system in Berlin

Wolff Olins has been appointed to design a sign system for a retail concept at Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie area. The consultancy won a proposals pitch against Fitch.

DBA gets ‘on a roll’ with profits forecast for 1996

The Design Business Association’s Annual General Meeting held last week heard chairman Jonathan Sands claim the association has turned the corner after a period of decline. The first operating surplus for five years beckons and the DBA now has 100 000 in the bank and will spend it to foster its growth, says Sands. Sands, […]


‘I’ve not had one dinner in a whole year’ Design Business Association chairman Jonathan Sands responds to criticism that the DBA is a mere dining club

MCA seeks to expand with designers

MCA Group, which continues its expansion programme with the acquisition of advertising agency Mosseri Associates, is now looking to buy one or more design consultancies. The Surrey business, which aims to become a fully integrated marketing services group, is on the lookout for “good quality design resources”, explains MCA managing director Craig McCulloch. At the […]

Goolies Bar and Restaurant by Adam Rawls Associates

Mike Gooley, owner of Trailfinders travel agents, didn’t intend to become a restaurateur. It happened after he returned from a holiday to find his favourite bar had shut down and the premises for sale. Gooley drafted in his regular consultant Adam Rawls Associates to “smarten up” the site just off London’s High Street Kensington. “We […]

Interior fit at Leading Edge

The Leading Edge is implementing a new interiors concept designed by Revolution Interiors at its new Thurrock site, due to open next week. The five-strong gift chain plans to open between two and five stores in the coming months, all featuring the new interiors. A spokeswoman for The Leading Edge says the new interiors will […]

Barclays small business training loans

A “cheque-back” nationwide training initiative has been launched by Barclays Bank to encourage more businesses to undertake training. Called Training to Succeed, the scheme offers between 150 to 750 cash back for businesses which take out the Department for Education and Employment’s small business training loan through Barclays. The scheme is open to all businesses […]


A service of celebration for the life of Chris Collis, the Turner Duckworth managing director who died in August, will be held at 4pm on Friday 8 November at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London. Further details are available from The Tutt Consultancy on 0181-336 0886. Architectural practice Lees Associates is designing interiors for The […]

Reiss menswear store and head office by Four IV

“There are millions of designers out there and we had to find the right ones,” comments David Reiss, who heads the menswear chain and supplier. “The synergy worked well, we were on the same wavelength and their experience on projects like Harvey Nichols helped.” Four IV was brought in to help reposition the Reiss flagship […]

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