14 February 2008

Amanda Levete’s solo show under review

For the French cultural theorist Gaston Bachelard, every interior corner was the ‘very germ of a room, of a house’. In Around the Corner, her first solo furniture exhibition, Amanda Levete seeks to re-angle these unused spaces with a collection of four limited edition pieces designed to de-corner the corner with a fluid, planed organic […]

Digital media facility opens in Bristol

A studio complex that encourages design and technology companies to pitch jointly for digital media projects opened in Bristol last week. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling cut the ribbon on the Pervasive Media Studio on Thursday. Local media organisation Watershed and HP Labs, Hewlett-Packard’s research arm, are jointly running the centre, which aims to […]

Sony Ericsson X1 takes on Apple iPhone

The unveiling of the Xperia X1 phone in Barcelona on 10 February marked the launch of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia brand. Designed by its in-house team, the X1 has a qwerty keyboard, four-way key, optical joystick navigation and a 10cm clear wide-screen display. The distance between the keyboard’s keys is designed to make writing fast and […]

The new Dada graphics at Tate Modern

The face of Tate Modern’s forthcoming spring blockbuster show has been created by Rose Design.The Dada-inspired exhibition – The Moment Art Changed Forever – opens to the public this week, and features a staggering 400 pieces by pivotal 20th century artists Man Ray, Francis Picabia and Marcel Duchamp.The consultancy was brought on board, without a […]

Redesigning the toothpaste tube

GlaxoSmithKline is launching an innovative aerosol gel for its Aquafresh toothpaste range, designed by London consultancy Slice Design. Slice’s work on the Aquafresh product extends from the custom-designed cap to the pixilated colour background, and is designed to make the brand more ‘cutting-edge’. Slice has developed a technology brandmark called the Iso-Active icon, that aims […]

Temporary hotel designs for Shoredtich

Architect Tim Pyne is planning to open a temporary hotel in London by the end of this year called M-hotel.The M-hotel brand (pronounced motel) is a development of Pyne’s M-house – the ‘upmarket prefab’ house/office which he developed seven years ago.His design is for a hotel that can be moved, or taken apart and used […]

Foreign designers hit by Immigration Act

From next month, design consultancies employing illegal workers will face hefty fines and possibly jail. The 2006 Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act’s data-sharing code of practice comes into force on 1 March. It stipulates fines of up to £2000 and prison sentences of up to two years for those who knowingly break the new law […]

Pizza brand Goodfella’s

Pizza brand Goodfella’s is launching new-look packaging designed by Jeli. The nascent consultancy claims it beat a Northern Foods-rostered group to clinch the job.

First Signs & Labels

First Signs & Labels has created a low-energy sign for the University of Hertford­shire, with plans to power it by wind turbine. The logo was created by Lloyd Northover.

Design Bridge

Design Bridge is promoting creative team head Claire Wells to the new role of crea­tive director and appointing former De Beers planning and research head Jeanne Man­uli as senior brand strategist.

Big country, big commitment

China represents a huge business opportunity for any consultancy, but it’s not an easy market to crack. Martin Darbyshire offers some hard-won tips on how to succeed In January I stood in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing and listened as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao talked of the […]

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