The result of three years and 16m of research and development, the Philishave Reflex Action is a new family of Philips electric shavers. Designed by an in-house team led by Eric Quint, the four shavers have two notable developments: the three heads are on a floating platform which can move both convexly and concavely; and […]

Why team play is often vital to individual skill

Well-deserved congratulations go to TKO’s Andy Davey and inventor Trevor Baylis on being named Designers of the Year by the BBC (See News, page 6). Their sterling work on the Freeplay clockwork radio not only won the product prize in the BBC Design Awards – and scored with Design Week readers – it attracted more […]

DoH shows signs of unhealthy behaviour

Four things depressed me about the piece on the announcement by the Department of Health of a 38-strong design roster (DW 28 June), which included the astonishing revelation that “the DoH, which spends 1.1m on design annually, received 320 anonymous credentials pitches”. First, I am depressed that Design Week’s conception of design has become so […]

Powell laps up words of sympathy

Designers can save s on birthday and get well cards by drawing their own. Seymour Powell has already established itself as a leader in this field, with Richard Seymour having made a card for his long-term colleague Dick Powell after Powell broke two bones in a bike accident. The consultancy has outdone itself now, however, […]

Videophone network targets pub audience

Allied Domecq Leisure is introducing an in-pub videophone network, designed by CHBi Interactive Media. Targeted at 18-26-year-olds, Xchange is part of Pubnet, also being designed and developed for Allied Domecq by CHBi.

IDEO takes top prize

IDEO has swept the board at Germany’s Design Innovations ’96 competition, winning ten design Red Dots and being named design team of the year. Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners picked up a Red Dot for its signage system for Mabeg and Teams-Slany Design in Germany was runner-up design team of the year. Other Red Dot winners […]


Goalkeepers are the unsung heroes of soccer, according to publisher Boxtree in a book to be launched on 30 September. One, Images of a Goalkeeping Season is a collection of photographs by Robert Wilson, with a foreword by a former Arsenal and Scotland goalie confusingly named Bob Wilson. The goalie is ‘the backbone of the […]


Last week’s Royal Show at Stoneleigh featured a debut for Aero System Structure, a new tensile exhibition stand designed by Event Exhibition & Design in Wiltshire.

Freeplay radio triumphs in BBC design awards

TKO’s Andy Davey and inventor Trevor Baylis are the BBC Designers of the Year after their Freeplay clockwork radio triumphed in the 1996 BBC Design Awards. The radio also won the product category, with Pethick & Money’s Flexible Food Wrap leading the graphics section and Bramante Architects taking the architecture prize for the Chessington Citizens […]

Many rivers to cross

The tallest building in the world is about to be built by an Asian woman; nanotechnology is almost at our fingertips and marketing may finally die its much-prophesied death – and all by the year 2000. But, asks Gaynor Williams, will the UK be able to keep

Intergraphic heads east

London corporate design group Intergraphic has opened its first overseas branch in Bahrain. The Bahrain office is intended to serve the three-year-old consultancy’s client base in the Middle East.


This angry looking chap in a nightie is posing for Daniel Freaker’s photograph for Free Beer, an exhibition of work by more than 30 young London artists. Painting, sculpture and photography will share space with sound pieces, installations and performances. The title comes from a desire to be no-nonsense and honest, to step away from […]

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