22 February 2007


News in Pictures

The Air Is On Fire, an exhibition of filmmaker David Lynch’s paintings, photographs and drawings, takes place at The Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain in Paris, from 3 March to 3 June.

Architecture and interiors needn’t be at loggerheads

Concerns aired by Royal College of Art alumni over the status of interior design at their alma mater have prompted an interesting response within the industry. Sarah Harkins’ comment paints a picture of personal angst at being caught up in a perceived shift towards architecture in the mid-1990s. But others have expressed wider beliefs that […]

Valentine typewriter

Cultural machines

Ettore Sottsass is indusputably one of the greatest designers alive, but his contribution is far from easy to categorise. Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, explains why it will honour his work

Kielder Forest


The founders of Softroom, joint Best of Show winner in the Design Week Awards, first made their names in the style press. Clare Dowdy talks to them about submerged hotels, airport lounges and ‘proper’ architecture

Eggsplosion, Michel Majerus

Taking the mickey

For two decades, a group of artists have been using images from comics and animation as their springboards for abstraction. Yolanda Zappaterra looks at a new exhibition in the US which explores territory at the intersection of low- and highbrow art

Familiar spaces

Familiar spaces

Despite the increasing hours most of us have to spend in the office, it’s generally a surreal, slightly unpleasant space. With very few exceptions, offices tend to be repositories of bits of furniture that unsuccessfully aspire to be functional, sporting an aesthetic vaguely anchored in the previous decade, and patterned with the employer’s parsimony. The […]

Jane Wentworth

The merits of middlemen

Increasingly, designers and clients are appointing independent brokers to act as mediators, to reduce stress and free up time

Dorchester Collection, Beverley Hills

Pentagram makes over Dorchester luxury hotel group

Luxury hotel chain The Dorchester Group’s global rebranding is in its final stages, with the fresh identity by Pentagram Design set to roll out to the group’s Paris and Milan properties this month.The move to rebrand and reposition the group supports its plan to expand its portfolio of hotels from four to as many as […]

Bruce Wood, Different by Design

Different by Design applies for extension

Organisers of Different by Design, the pioneering £2.7m design development project in Staffordshire, are hoping to extend its funding beyond the official close next month.The programme’s director Bruce Wood (pictured) is in discussions with its funder, Regional Development Agency Advantage West Midlands, about extending the scheme beyond 31 March when it is due to end. […]

Peugeot Flux

Peugeot Flux

Twenty-year-old Romanian design student Mihai Panaitescu has won the Peugeot Design Competition with his Flux design, a compact, urban environment vehicle that uses a non-polluting fuel cell engine. Flux will be built as a full-scale model, in the form of a concept car to be exhibited at the next Frankfurt Motor Show, and will feature […]

Daylesford organic

SFA unveils new Daylesford Organic shop

Organic food and produce store Daylesford Organic is launching its latest London offering, a three-storey shop in Pimlico.The group currently boasts a farm shop and café in Gloucestershire, a small farm shop in Selfridges food hall, a café in Sloane Square and a nursery in Maida Vale.Designed by Spencer Fung Architects, the interior of the […]

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