2 February 1995

VIRGIN CRUET SET BY FITCH

From today, passengers flying Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic Airways will be getting a bit more of the star treatment – if only because they won’t have to fiddle with awkward sachets of salt and pepper. Fitch’s product design team has created Wilbur and Orville, a cruet set designed especially for the airline. Fitch designed […]

Boots No7 made up

Workhouse Design Consultants has redesigned Boots No7, the largest cosmetics brand in the UK with sales in excess of ú54m.

Dyson whirls into a cyclone

Who’d be an electrical goods sales assistant, eh? – Designer/manufacturer James Dyson is giving more established vacuum cleaner manufacturers a collective bloody lip with his Dyson Dual Cyclone cleaner.

Looking forward to wit’s return at the RCA

Well done The Partners for launching the Royal College of Art bursary in memory of Nick Wurr (DW 20 January). What a fitting tribute. Any move to help students is welcome these days, but the decision to encourage wit and humour among young designers is inspired. Wit in particular is one of the features that […]

Union mergers lead to revamps

A host of union mergers is on the cards as more than 250 trades unions bow to industrial logic and economic pressure, says a Trades Union Congress spokesman. New identities and revamped journals are set to follow. The latest merger is between the National Communications Union and the Union of Communication Workers. The new Communication […]

YRM announces interiors closure

Building design group YRM has announced the closure of its interiors division. The move follows the axing of four jobs from the unit late last year (DW 25 November 1994). No further jobs have gone, as the two remaining interiors staff have been transferred to YRM’s architecture division, through which YRM continues to do interiors […]

Buy-out from Drambuie

A management buy-out has removed Davis Design from the ownership of Drambuie. The 20-year-old Scottish consultancy had been owned by the liqueur company since 1991, and by Caithness Glass before that. Davis Design, which has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, will now attack new sectors and seek new clients, says managing director and new owner […]

Lead bodies fail to lead to clients

If, as Lynda Relph-Knight suggests, packaging clients are looking to manufacturers rather than design consultancies for real innovation (Comment, DW 27 January), shouldn’t the official design bodies be doing something to remedy this? The growth of structural packaging skills within packaging consultancies, for example, shows that designers are making a real effort to broaden their […]

Distinctive canopy for Gant

France’s third largest retailer, Casino, is to open petrol stations at its hypermarket chain Gant. Forecourt and identity design is by Crabtree Hall/Plan Cratif. A typical station will have 15 pumps with fully automated 24 hours credit-card pay points. “The curved uplift canopy provides a cost-effective cover and a distinctive identification for the new forecourts,” […]

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You may have heard London Underground described as many things, but chances are never as The Roots of the Empire. But that’s how Orlando Greenwood saw it in 1928. Now the Empire is felled, does that explain the crumbling state of LU’S roots? Greenwood’s Empire piece is one of four of his LU posters in […]

First choice was not the wrong choice

Jonathan Mercer advocates thoroughness in his article headlined Learning the rules of the name game (DW 20 January). As identity advisers to First Choice, the company he uses to illustrate his point, we think it is a pity that Mr Mercer appears to be guilty of the lack of thoroughness of which he complains. There […]

Products of Desire

Selection of products designed by architects, including work by Nigel Coates and Will Alsop. Until 18 February. – Venue: RIBA Architecture Centre, 66 Portland Place, London W1.

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