Mariscal heads for The Lighthouse in Glasgow

Spanish designer Javier Mariscal is to work with Sam Booth at Glasgow group LWD to create the identity and interiors for The Lighthouse, Glasgow’s architecture and design centre.

Organisers of Glasgow 1999 – Glasgow’s year as city of architecture and design – selected Mariscal, operating from Studio Mariscal in Barcelona, and Booth for the project.

The Lighthouse will open in 1999 as Scotland’s Centre for Architecture & Design & The City. It will remain as a permanent legacy to the year, says a Glasgow 1999 spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, MetaDesign in London has been appointed to create the headline typeface for Glasgow 1999.

MetaDesign was up against Tank, Jonathan Barnbrook, Jeremy Tankard, Alias, and David Quay & Freda Sack Design in a creative pitch in which each participant received 500.

Graven Images was also shortlisted but was too busy with projects for existing clients to submit work. “It wasn’t because we didn’t want to do it,” says Graven Images director Ross Hunter.

MetaDesign was chosen for its “robust and dynamic approach which reflected the gutsy character of Glasgow,” says a festival spokeswoman.

The consultancy has about a month to develop the final typeface. The festival’s mission statement, which is being designed by Tank, is to launch in mid-April.

The festival organisers are also on the hunt for a design manager for The Glasgow Collection, which will lead the development of about 45 new prototypes designed or made in the city.

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