22 November 2007

Brand aid

Think Damien Hirst’s Pharmacy restaurant meets Comme des Garçons’ guerrilla stores, and you’ve got a good picture of what Los Angeles’s forthcoming pop-up retail experiment is all about.The Brand Pharmacy is the brainchild of two creatives, Ethan Imboden and Philip Wood, who are about to launch their first temporary store, Intervention, in LA’s Third Street […]

Urban impact

When creating typography for crowded urban environments, is it better to be loud, or quiet? Our experts debate how design can best stand out from the crowd‘Loud’, says Simon LoxleyThe story of Peg Entwistle is not a happy one. Unable to find work in Depression-era Hollywood, the actress jumped to her death from one of […]

Season’s greenings

As Christmas looms, we can look forward to a week of excess – and, sadly, waste. We each throw away about 50kg of rubbish over Christmas, according to the National Office of Statistics: food, cards, wrapping paper and, the worst offender, packaging. From toys and chocolates to alcohol and crackers, products at Christmas are over-packaged […]

NHM unwraps gem gallery by Real Studios

London’s Natural History Museum unveils The Vault tomorrow, a permanent gallery designed by Real Studios to display some of the world’s most precious treasures. The exhibition design group has created a steel-clad door, glass resin floor tiles and recessed light beams to mimic the interior of a jewellery box. Shafts of light from slots cut […]

Poke revamps website for top dress designer

Poke has completed a new-look website for clothing designer Jenny Packham. The site launch follows a rebrand of the company by London creative group Saturday, which includes a new identity, fresh signage and revamped packaging. Packham designs ready-towear ranges (pictured) and bridal ranges for celebrities such as Keira Knightley and Eva Longoria.Poke creative director Simon […]

Herman Miller gets stateof-the-art London showroom

Iconic US furniture brand Herman Miller is creating a new state-of-the-art showroom in London’s Aldwych, due to open in February 2008. Specialising in designs for the modern workplace, the furniture manufacturer is working in conjunction with designers Forme Partnership, to build the ambitious, 1000m2 multifunctional showroom space, known as its ‘National Design Centre, London’.According to […]

Marks out of ten

It is the season for spending, so what better time to dust off your coins and treat yourself to a limited edition print or two? Many Hands Make More Work is the latest show from the ten-strong collective Peepshow. The spirit of the show is daring – with no concurrent theme, each original work on […]

Small screen, big potential

Screen design is a competetive but fast moving sector, driven by new platforms and brands. Liz Dunning offers some tips for survival


Structural engineer Chris Wise next week takes over the leadership of the Faculty of Royal Designers. Gareth Gardner meets new master and hears about his plans for using the Royal Designers as a powerful think tankAs a bored student dodging structural analysis lectures, one person changed my outlook on engineering. Chris Wise, who this week […]

‘New Barcelona’ is a vision too far for this Croydon cynic

Last week, you asked if Croydon really could transform itself into a ‘new Barcelona’ (Voxpop, DW 22 November). A vision to be ‘a beacon of sustainability’ is commendable, but that’s the easy bit. Delivering change in a place as dysfunctional as Croydon would take regeneration on the scale of the Olympic site. More pedestrian areas […]

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