13 February 1997


‘If you could make anything I have said sound intelligent, I would be very grateful’ – Giant partner Neil Smith trying to comment on the consultancy’s work after a heavy night out.

119 projects bid for grants

The Millennium Commission has named 119 applications for funding, totalling 517m, which have been “long listed” for more detailed investigation. Those chosen will be included in the third round of Millennium Commission awards. Among the proposed projects are a science and technology centre with a “millennium beacon” in Chelmsford, a tall ships visitor centre in […]

Church coffers stay full with Lottery funds

A number of key religious figures in the UK have knocked the greed brought about by the National Lottery. The latest announcement of Heritage Lottery Fund grants include, as well as the odd design-based project, more money given to churches than we can be bothered to count. So good to know that all those empty […]

A model design job which really pays off

The design industry’s loss could be the fashion industry’s gain. Sarah Thomas, a 16-year- old A-level student of, among other things, design technology, has apparently quit her studies for life as a supermodel. She had been supplementing her pocket money with work for Marie Claire before making the leap to full-time modelling. ‘How could she […]

YSL comes to Covent Garden

Virgile & Stone has been appointed by menswear retail group Moss Bros to design the UK’s first branded Yves Saint Laurent store, due to open in London’s Covent Garden during the summer.

Door-to-door contact

Not one for fans of Larry Grayson with his call to ‘shut that door’, James could still be a useful friend if you’re after a gift for someone who has everything. Who is James? A quirky doorstop designed by London-based German product designer Winfried Scheuer. Made of injection-moulded TPE, described by Scheuer as ‘a flexible, […]

Body Shop reviews store format

Design consultancy Blast confirmed this week that it is working on a packaging project for The Body Shop, having been brought in by creative head Jon Turner. Blast declined to comment on the exact nature of the project. The retailer’s packaging was given a full review at the end of 1995, the first major packaging […]

Shortlist for ethnography collection

The Horniman Museum in south London has shortlisted three design groups, as yet unidentified, to design a pair of permanent exhibitions to display its ethnography collection. The museum has also stated that it will not be reviewing its internal and external signage, created along with its logo by Beresfords (DW 17 January). The museum has, […]


Orientation around the new British Library building on London’s Euston Road will be aided by a series of colour-coded wall plans created by Information Design Unit. The drawings define which areas of the four-storey library are accessible to the public, readers and staff. The Newport Pagnell group’s senior designer Colette Miller created 34 wall plans, […]

Ulrick in tussle with footballing gladiators

It was a mighty struggle between Landor and Rodney Fitch, but when it came down to penalties the final of the Network Challenge Shield five-a-side football tournament was decided by a man named Ulrick. Perhaps the only player from the 16 design teams on show to actually look the part, Ulrick was the goalie for […]

On the Banham wagon

Reyner Banham was a self-proclaimed academic with pseudo-eccentric dress sense, thought Hugh Pearman. Until he read a collection of his essays, that is…

Emporio Vittorio

From farmer to Habitat buying director to Selfridges MD last year, Vittorio Radice’s record shows him to be an astute champion of design, says Matthew Valentine

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