11 September 2003

Design hotels must shake off overwhelming clichés

Reports out this week call on designers working in the hotel sector to reconsider interiors trends, as they sound a cautious note on the future of luxury, design-led hotels. As hotel king Ian Schrager struggles to save his debt laden company, leading to press obituaries of the ‘design hotel’, Nota Bene, the well-heeled travel guide, […]

Vox Pop

The Ministry of Sound announced last week it was undergoing a major refurbishment and Cream is launching a national chain of DJ bars next month. What do you think superclubs like this should be doing to help give their ‘mature’ brands a veneer of cutting-

Time for you to get your designer body on a bike

Enough of all this ‘my car’s better than yours’ in the Letters page of Design Week. Want to be unique on the road? Ride a bike. Real design purists choose pedal power, as a peek into The Open Agency bike shed shows (pictured). So while you’re fighting about whose car has the biggest willy, we’re […]

The festival hall of fame

Hugh Pearman enjoyed hearing a roomful of design luminaries recount the Festival of Britain, but wonders if such an uncynical zeitgeist can ever be reached again

Randak unveils signage system

Two leading retailers are trialling a ‘revolutionary’ self-initiated signage concept by Glasgow-based Randak Design, and several other organisations are in talks with the group to take on the product. Selfridges’ Future Systems-designed Birmingham flagship, which opened last week, and Edinburgh department store Jenners have both started trialling Isis, a patented signage product, which is unveiled […]


Top Drawer Autumn, from 14-16 September, gives you the opportunity to source the best design-led gifts and interior accessories. Venue: Earls Court 2, Warwick Road, London SW5. On 12 September Are You Looking At MeíĶ?, an interactive evening of electronic music, performance, new media and visual arts, is held from 7pm-2am. Tickets are £6. Venue: […]

Interpreting the meaning of how design uses words

I’ve followed the increasing volume of debate in your pages concerning the power of words in communication design. I welcome (and agree with) Tim Rich’s comments on the need to get writers to engage more fully on the visual side (Private View, DW 4 Septem

We weren’t sure…

We weren’t sure if this was for real at first, but we dialled the number and a nice young man told us what he could do with our Nokia 8310. So next time you’re baffled by your WAP settings, call Talk Me Through It. Concept and photography for the Sun- style picture story by Ric […]

Sexual relations – not public – are Gio’s forte

We hear Giovanna Forte, the design PR with all the best pillow talk, has graduated from erotic drawing to erotic fiction. The bookstalls of Soho may never be the same again. Here’s an unofficial extract from her Desire magazine debut, set amid the torrid world of trade journalism. Perhaps. ‘Like any ample-bosomed public relations consultant, […]

Last chance to see

Pop Art Prints, an exhibition of classic prints by American and British artists from the 1960s, shows until 14 September. Venue: Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL. Also on until 14 September is The Peter Saville Show, which showcases the work of the influential graphic designer and art director. Venue: Design Museum, Shad […]

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