The Open Agency scaled down its client and staff bash this year because, well, in the words of managing director Mike Horseman, ‘Budgets are tight and clients are wondering why designers seem to charge too much.’ So it took everyone to the Embassy World Darts for a game of arrows. Ted (three-in-a-bed) Hankey landed a few on the board and, as legendary darts commentator Sid Waddell puts it, everyone burnt ‘the midnight oil at both ends’. It couldn’t have got more exciting if Elvis walked in with a bag of chips ( Waddell). Now that’s magic.
We speak to baton designer Laura Nyahuye about the work behind the project and how her Zimbabwean heritage influenced the design.
The cultural festival will take place between March and October in 2022, and features high profile commissions involving the likes of Assemble and Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun.
The new “simplified” designs have been influenced by audience research showing that the BBC’s previous look was “old fashioned”.
Mother Design New York has developed the brand, which launches alongside refurbished interiors from consultancy Yabu Pushelberg.