19 March 2009

Bisset Adams works on Guildhall Library

Bisset Adams is undertaking a £1.7m redesign of the Guildhall Library in London, the library’s first major refurbishment since it opened in 1974.The City of London Corporation, which owns the library, appointed the consultancy in November 2008, following a three-way pitch against the JDS Group and library design group Demco Interiors.The library specialises in the […]

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Finnish designer Klaus Haapaniemi has designed the Satumetsä range for Iittala. It will be available from Skandium at the end of April.

The bedroom is no place for product development

I’m writing in response to Jim Dawton’s article in your Professional Development supplement (DW 26 February). I feel his piece effectively writes off product design practice, and proposing a new model is at odds with reality. His assertion that an exciting new direction for product design delivery is ‘to form elite teams operating at strategic […]

Don’t let good minds go to waste – encourage them

I was surprised by the comments made by Ian Cochrane (‘Students urged to avoid design’, www. designweek.co.uk, 29 January), who is encouraging graduates to give up their ambitions to work in design as the ‘sector does not want them’. Especially at a time when the digital design industry has the chance to demonstrate its value […]

Peezy does it

Professional punslinger Jim Davies celebrates those brands brave enough to take a risk on name wordplay, undercutting the pomposity of conventional positioning A strong showing at the Design Week Awards earlier this month was topped by the Best of Show – the Peezy, by Funnelly Enough. This is an ingenious funnel-like device which allows women […]

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Graphic Impressions has created the logo for the International Organization for Migration’s Return and Rebuild programme, which provides support for refugees returning to Afghanistan and Iraq. The logo is being used on Kurdish and Afghan TV, as well as on

Neuenschwander roots out new logo for Beet It organic juice

US calligrapher Brody Neuenschwander has created a new logo for organic beetroot juice Beet It.Neuenschwander, a Texan living in Bruges, Belgium, was appointed directly in February 2008 by Lawrence Mallinson, managing director of Beet It brand owner James White, after criticising another JW brand identity.Mallinson says, ‘I’ve known Brody for about 30 years. When he […]

Beda appointment should bring opportunities in Europe

There’s been an interesting shift in focus for UK design in recent years, from the local to the global. Most groups in, say, the Design Week Top 100 have dabbled in Dubai, China, Russia or India of late, largely because their multinational clients demand it. It’s not that long ago though that continental Europe was […]

French Bench and Winter Flowers

New designs French Bench by Chris Eckersley and Winter Flowers by Katy Holford will go on display as part of the Design Nation showcase at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Work by Ella Doran, Sharon Elphick and Carole Waller will also be on display at the horticultural event, which runs from 20-24 May at the […]


Former Established & Sons design director Mark Holmes will present the debut collection of deskware and tableware from his new brand Minimalux next month, during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, in the Grand Hotel et de Milan from 22-25 April.

Richard Ardagh

Richard Ardagh has created a letterpress poster to mark the 150th anniversary of Wilton’s Music Hall, London E1, the world’s last surviving grand music hall. The poster, along with a selection of Ardagh’s other work, will be on display at an open day at the venue on 29 March.

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