FASHION retailer Top Shop has introduced a trial in-store concession selling mobile phones. Developed by Creative Action, the concession, branded as Electro, is to be installed in five stores.

Conran’s ambition reaches new highs

Ever heard of that famous designer Mary Jane Conran? You soon might if Terence Conran takes his desire to be a banned substance any further. In response to a question posed by a gardening magazine about what plant he would be, Conran declared: ‘I would be marijuana, simply because it gives so much pleasure to […]

Housebound objects

The difference between eroticism and perversion can apparently be illustrated thus: eroticism is a sexually-related act involving, say, a feather. Perversion involves the whole chicken. The erotic art of Julian Murphy is more likely to feature the vacuum cleaner you would use to clean up after an energetic spot of chicken-plucking. Murphy portrays everyday products […]

Design is not ‘quick fix’ solution

When I read Lynda Relph-Knight’s Comment (DW 11 June), I feared it was going to support the idea that design can solve all problems, including those of ailing retailers such as Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s, to mention but two. Happily this was not the

Shining lights

SOME of the industry’s top players were very concerned about how well they did in Design Week’s creative league last year. One consultancy even planned a morale-boosting session for all of its staff in case it didn’t rank as high as it hoped in the charts. That kind of response fulfilled our ambitions for the […]

Small stores for Nike

The in-house design team of sports giant Nike is developing a smaller version of the NikeTown format for a further assault on the retail market. Nike brand manager John Hoke says the format may be used in emerging markets or in smaller cities. The group is also preparing its website for greater on-line sales capabilities, […]

Amalgam interiors in store for Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s has appointed London design collective Amalgam to develop new interiors for six pilot stores. The move follows the development of the retailer’s new identity – and a store format – by 20/20 Design and Strategy. The interiors will be built around the 20/20 identity, but it is unclear which interior elements of the 20/20 […]


The Partners is looking to raise £22,000 for the Red Cross Kosovo fund. The consultancy has co-produced a book featuring the work of a number of Network Photographers, who have captured the horrors of the Kosovo crisis. Sebastio Salgado, Joachim Ladefoged and Jonathan Olley have each submitted a series of black and white images for […]

Scots to lobby parliament

The Chartered Society of Designers Scotland is to produce a document aimed at every member of the recently formed Scottish Parliament. The move is part of a bid to encourage closer ties between design groups and the wider industrial community. At a CSD Scotland debate earlier this week – titled Design in Scotland: Bit Part […]


Definitive Design is a sale of furniture and products from 1860 to the present day. Pieces by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Verner Panton and Ron Arad will come under the hammer on 29 June at 2pm. Venue: Bonhams, 65-69 Lots Road, London SW10.

Swallow flies out of the frying pan to Fitch

In the days before Channel 5’s soft porn evenings, young boys had to find other ways to ‘entertain’ themselves. Many, apparently, spent their Thursday evenings glued to BBC1’s Top of the Pops, where the artistic dancing of the economically-clothed Pan’s People was always guaranteed to raise a smile. If any of those boys grew up […]


Allen International has been appointed to develop packaging for a range of nostalgic ice cream products for GB Glace, a Swedish division of Unilever.

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