17 February 2011

Metal Thrones

Precocious moments

The early works of a designer may or may not presage his or her future trajectory. In the case of architect Thomas Heatherwick, his obsession with striated materials is evidenced in all his works, from the very big (his UK Pavilion for the Shanghai World Expo, for example) to the very small (his Zip Bag) […]


Mothercare appoints The Grid to revamp Blooming Marvellous brand

The Grid is working on the identity, website and packaging for high-end maternity wear brand Blooming Marvellous, which is owned by mother and babywear retailer Mothercare. The consultancy was appointed in September 2010 after it was approached by Mothercare to work on the project following its work on Boot’s children’s brand Mini Club, according to […]


A Uniform look

Liverpool-based Uniform has designed the 2011 Annual and Science Review for London’s Natural History Museum. Key facts have been shown through a graphic and photographic approach interspersed with objects from the museum’s collections. Uniform design director Tim Sharp says, ’It was a great story to tell. We wanted to take some of those big headline […]


Flight of fantasy

Work, including Random Light by Bertjan Pot, will feature at the Fantasy House of Moooi exhibition at the White Building in West London, which will run from 17 March to the end of April. The show will see London-based stylist Despina Curtis create her own ’fantasy house’ using Moooi pieces.

Starbucks aims to fit in with its Covent Garden neighbours

Starbucks is to open a new branch in London’s Neal Street in Covent Garden, with in-house designed interiors that aim to ’create a local feel’. Thom Breslin, director of design for Starbucks UK, says, ’Covent Garden is a melting pot of different people. The window opens up concertina-style, referencing the historical mixing of people there.’ […]


Time for Design Council to hand over control to Design Alliance members

It is great to see the overwhelming support from regional networks for UK Design Alliance (see Letters, page 11 and DW 10 February). Never, in more than 20 years in the business, have I witnessed such a groundswell of opinion in favour of a coherent voice for design and I am delighted to stand corrected […]

Someone adds sparkle to Dimexon diamonds branding

Consultancy Someone has created new branding and a new strategic position for diamond company Dimexon. Dimexon was established in 1966 and works in diamond cutting and polishing, jewellery manufacture and distribution to brands and retailers. Someone creative director Simon Manchipp says the consultancy was appointed following a strategic three-way pitch in November 2010 to look […]

Badger Ales portfolio aims for standout and consistency from Brand Opus

Brand Opus has created new branding for brewer Hall & Woodhouse’s Badger Ales portfolio. The new branding will be used on the Hopping Hare bottled beer, which will hit shelves next month, and will then roll out across the rest of the Badger range. The consultancy was appointed to work with Hall & Woodhouse last […]

Media Sandbox

Seven get chance to practice innovation for its own sake

This Friday in Bristol, seven innovative projects will be delivered by competitively selected designers unrestricted by any client brief as part of the Media Sandbox initiative, a programme helping companies with interactive and digital media research and product development. The annual programme was set up in 2008 by iShed, an organisation which fosters innovation and […]


News in Pictures

DHM has designed posters and beer mats as part of brewer Adnams’ new Let’s Talk Beer campaign.


News in Pictures

Design Hotels is releasing its Design Hotels Book 2011 alongside its Made By Originals book. The books, showcasing hotel design, were designed in-house and feature illustrations and handwritten script by Maira Kalman.

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