Met Studio designs show for National Army Museum

Met Studio Design has created and branded a new exhibition, Conflicts of Interest, which will open at the National Army Museum in London in September. Appointed in February following a competitive pitch against at least four other consultancies, Met Studio Design, was asked to ‘tell the story of a soldier’s family life and army life, […]

Making the Most of Pakaging

Defra sustainable packaging report dodges regulation question

The Government raises the profile of sustainable packaging design, but stops short of supporting the introduction of mandatory regulations in its long-awaited eco-design review, Making the Most of Packaging: A Strategy for a Low-carbon Economy. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs report, unveiled by Environment Minister Hilary Benn last week, says, ‘This is […]

LFH distils new look for Lithuanian vodka

LFH has redesigned the packaging for Lithuanian Vodka’s full range of drinks to broaden their appeal. The packaging design consultancy has been working with brand owner Stumbras for around 18 months, according to LFH creative director Steve Irvine, and was approached directly for this work about a year ago. The vodka manufacturer briefed LFH to […]

An interview with Javier Mariscal

With a film in production and a London retrospective, Javier Mariscal is set to become a household name. The man who helped put Barcelona on the design map reveals his low-tech working methods to Clare Dowdy

Installations and photography on the bill at Big Chill festival

The organisers of this year’s Big Chill festival have commissioned installations and photography to appear at this year’s event. Installation specialists Henry Krokatsis and Claire Morgan and photographer Rankin are among those working on the Herefordshire festival, to be held 6-9 August. Krokatsis will create a site-specific installation responding to the landscape of the festival […]

David Collins creates interiors for South African wine estate

David Collins Studio has created interiors for a South African winery and restaurant overlooking the mountains towards Cape Town. The Delaire Graff Estate, which is located just outside Stellenbosch, appointed designer and architect Collins’ interiors group last summer. Delaire Graff Estate owner and diamond magnate Laurence Graff briefed the consultancy to create interiors, furniture and […]

Knutt to head up Somerset Design Enterprise Network

The Somerset Design Enterprise Network has appointed Andrew Knutt as chairman, as it relaunches and restructures its management. Knutt, director of Taunton-based consultancy ADK and previously vice-chairman of the network, is also a committee member of SDEN’s regional parent organisation, the South West Design Forum. Richard Holt, former SDEN chairman and fellow in creative industries […]

Not quite human

As the new Terminator movie hits our cinema screens, Hugh Pearman delves into the fictional history of the robot and the challenges of getting one to work

A mug of tea

Inspired, Jo Kotas – Bunch

The recession. I’m beginning to think it’s not all bad. People have started talking to each other. And it’s not just storytelling or entertaining, it’s genuine conversation. We want to know how others are surviving and faring. And the lovely thing is that people are sharing their knowledge. Back in the boom days it was […]

Suggestions for a more magical, literate London

Your recent Voxpop (DW 11 June) posed the question, ‘If you could design one thing to benefit the capital, what would it be?’ London needs a floating desert island to drift down the River Thames, stopping at random, unexpected locations. An oasis for escape. A space without time or location, drifting freely and liberating people […]

Why 15% off isn’t good enough for the environment

It is fantastic to see that companies are looking to reduce their impact on the environment (‘Sony Ericsson releases “Green” mobile phones’,, 5 June). However, in my view a 15 per cent reduction in carbon footprint does not constitute a Green phone. Sony Ericsson will churn out hundreds of thousands of these phones, most […]

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