13 October 2005

Holistic approach to design brings better value all round

You may have noticed a new word entering design parlance. People on conference platforms are talking about ‘value’ in the context of design, which is a far cry from the ‘wealth creation’ and more tangible ‘effectiveness’ tags previously bandied about by those seeking to sell design into business and Government. Indeed, Value Creation through Successful […]

Deck the halls

The hangover of Minimalism finally seems to be reaching an end. Hugh Pearman welcomes back decoration and ornamentation with open arms

B&Q makeover is merely a response to consumer trends

With regard to your recent Vox Pop (DW 29 September) – which asked about the effects on a retail brand that diversifies from its core market – B&Q is now bringing the business into line with what today’s customers are asking from a retailer that helps the

Selfridges eyes up range of designers for flagship revamp

Selfridges is turning up the heat at its flagship Oxford Street store in London this week and will draft in a range of designers to revitalise its retail environments. Under plans to invigorate customers’ shopping experience – and keep a tighter rein on the Selfridges brand and identity – the company has selected retail design […]

Institute of Contemporary…

Institute of Contemporary Arts artistic director Ekow Eshun has curated PSP Presents My Beauty Picture Show, with photos from creatives such as author Alain de Botton (pictured). It runs from 20-30 October at 21 Tudor Grove, London E9.

The best in strategic branding

Design Week’s Benchmarks has been created to highlight successful cross-media branding. Mike Exon reports on the inaugural winners Corporate and consumer branding programmes received recognition for their strategic breadth last week at Design Week’s inaugural awards for cross-media branding, the Benchmarks. Judged largely by a panel of design clients, with a remit to award Benchmarks […]

Bostock and Pollitt appoints design director

Bostock and Pollitt has appointed Mark Pailing as design director, as part of a restructure to boost the group’s senior design team. Pailing moves from the recently renamed CGI London, where he held the same position.

Revamp for St Martins Lane bars as hotel announces expansion

Following reports last week (DW 6 October) that the Philippe Starck-designed Asia de Cuba restaurant in London’s St Martins Lane hotel is being revamped, Design Week can exclusively reveal that the hotel is expanding and has snapped up a lease for an adjoining site.Ian Schrager’s Morgans Hotel Group will take over an adjacent complex, formerly […]

Yamaha fine tunes plans for London office

Yamaha’s Product Design Laboratory is firming up plans to open a satellite office in London, possibly as early as next month.Yasuhiro Kira, executive officer at Yamaha and general manager of the Tokyo-based PDL, confirms the company is ‘on its way’ to placing a design presence in the capital, but says ‘the final plan and schedule’ […]


What inspired me to become a designer? My father is the sole reason for me becoming a designer. He’s been one himself for the best part of 35 years. Growing up surrounded by drawing boards, marker pens and brightly coloured paper had a dramatic effect on me as a young child. Plus taking part in […]

Acknowledge the unsung hero behind the entrepreneur

Every year, business awards are won by entrepreneurs and enterprising companies across the UK. But shouldn’t we be doing more to recognise the contribution of the UK’s ‘unsung heroes’? Behind many a successful entrepreneur there stands a mentor – perhaps a college professor, a professional advisor, a business acquaintance or a friend. These are people […]

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