16 October 1997

Furniture Futures

The Design Week Furniture Futures competition for young designers has been won by Ineke Hans with her Johanna I stool. Commendations went to Michael Marriott for his Hi Honey I’m Home beech coat rack and to Robert Kilvington for his Curve chair. The winners were announced last Thursday.

New name for Burton

Subject to shareholder approval, Burton Group will rename as Arcadia Group next January. The name was chosen in a public competition. Identity designers have not yet been selected.


Published by Harper Collins, Brand Warriors focuses on the nature of brands and brand building. It includes contributions from some of the most successful and high profile names in the business, including Bob Ayling of British Airways and Archie Norman of Asda. The publication is edited by Fiona Gilmore, director and founding partner of Springpoint. […]


Rumba del Solar exhibits work by the photographer Cristina Piza, who has a great passion for Cuba and its people. The exhibition portrays the rituals and traditions of rumba music, its costumes and dance parties, and gives a snapshot of a people on the threshold of change. Until 14 November. Venue: Tom Blau Gallery, 21 […]

The cultural difference

The report into the branding of Britain cites and then overlooks this country’s greatest strength. Janice Kirkpatrick says we should capitalise on our diversity.

French overtime under threat

The French government’s push to reduce the number of weekly working hours could have major repercussions for the country’s design groups. The government wants to reduce the hours employees work before they qualify for overtime, from 39 to 35 hours a week. This could hike up costs which are currently kept down by staff working […]

GDR takes on merger market

Global Design Register has teamed up with an international merger and acquisitions specialist in a bid to capitalise on the buoyant design market. The deal puts GDR’s design industry knowledge alongside the “deals and numbers expertise” of Results International, says GDR managing director Richard Watson. Results International has offices in the UK, US, Argentina and […]

Breathe with Elmwood and Din

Elmwood and Din Associates have created Breathe, a new retail brand for telecommunications company Martin Dawes. – Breathe brings together new communications services and technologies at its pilot site in Leeds, opening on 1 November, and through a virtua

Advantage point

In the world of advertising, image is everything. Nicky Churchill looks at M&C Saatchi’s new offices and Helen Jones appraises the design.

Mansour shagged out on whistlestop tour

Jet-setting designer James Mansour of New York may live to regret his whistlestop lecture tour of the UK this week. Sponsored by Milliken Carpets, his itinerary features evening presentations on interior design to designers and clients, no doubt making full mention of the benefits of a good deep shag. There are also lunchtime presentations. And […]

Portland gets duty-free at Dubai

Dubai Airport is expanding with a 340m second terminal and new concourse. The terminal’s duty-free area is being designed by Portland. The terminal is scheduled for completion next month and will include a 1400m2 retail space. The duty-free area layout will be more reminiscent of a department store than separate outlets for different product categories, […]

Webmedia arm folds

Webmedia’s Internet design subsidiary for the music industry has closed down, following the parent company’s decision that the business was not profitable. The Music Network had nine staff, including managing director Tony Martin, who plans to relaunch as Music Network Strategies. “The relationship has been soured by a catalogue of broken promises and mismatched expectations,” […]

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