Tensions build at BDI meeting

THE BRITISH DESIGN INITIATIVE’S first closed meeting of industrial product designers is understood to have reinforced tensions between the engineering and non-engineering fraternities of design.

Last Wednesday at Pankhurst Design and Development’s studio in Hammersmith, 30 directors met for the first event. The aim was to discuss industry issues and how to address them collectively.

BDI managing director Maxine Horn remains tight-lipped about the points raised, saying salient issues were discussed, but still require further debate.

“They [the discussions] are at a stage where the group does not want to air them in public before finding a solution,” she says.

A second meeting, of up to 72 groups, which until now have been in contact only by e-mail, is planned for 17 June.

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