25 April 1996

Fast food on Cranks menu

Piper Trust, owner of Vegetarian food chain Cranks, is developing a new fast food concept in London called Cranks Express. Interiors, menu design and signage are by Design Solution, which won a four-way credentials pitch. Depending on the success of the Charing Cross site, due to open at the end of May, an identity separate […]

Space stations

Technology suppliers have long exploited the market of the homeworker, so why are other suppliers shy of servicing six million people who, for the most part, work at trestle tables in the spare room? Jeremy Myerson reports. Additional research by Michele

Four groups pull out of pop centre pitch

Imagination, 20/20, WPA and Shelton Fleming have withdrawn from the 26-way pitch – dubbed a “beauty parade” by Imagination – to design the first phase of the planned 15m National Centre for Popular Music. They were on the centre’s list of consultancies due to submit unpaid written proposals tomorrow (Friday). Imagination refuses to participate, describing […]

Government’s buying strategy under attack

The Government is failing to recognise the effective role of design in its buying strategy and is hampered by design-illiterate procurement staff, a political think-tank claims. Government design buyers, charged with spending 40bn a year on goods and services, must be properly trained in design effectiveness, and good procurement awarded with a “design effectiveness mark”, […]

Range rovers

Products of Desire 2 at the Royal Institute of British Architects shows how architects cross boundaries between disciplines with more success than most, argues José Manser

Douglas joins Conran

Ewan Douglas, former director of European operations at Muji, has joined the Conran Shop as project manager within a new five-strong design team. Douglas, who was sacked from Muji last September, will be involved in the development of the Conran Collection – products for sale in Conran Shops and elsewhere. The design team will work […]

Industry ‘must use’ designers

Poor industrial performers will continue to fall behind their rivals if they do not exploit outside suppliers such as design consultancies, according to a new report. Made in Europe 2, a survey of British and German manufacturers by IBM Consulting Group and London Business School, warns “sites that do everything on-site can perform less well […]


Egan Melia has created the identity and literature for a new London hotel which opened on Monday. – 20/20 is designing interiors for Software City, a new chain of computer software superstores.

DTI considers identity

The Department of Trade and Industry is believed to be discussing the pros and cons of a new identity and may call in Coley Porter Bell chairman Colin Porter for advice. “This sensitive issue is being discussed internally and has a lot of support within the department,” says Alex Pratt, DTI exports promoter for North […]

Pyott resorts to Portuguese job

Pyott Design continues to mine a rich vein of work in Portugal. The consultancy has been appointed to create an identity and graphics for a planned self-contained resort village called Villa Moura. Being touted as one of the biggest man-made resorts in Europe, the Villa Moura project follows earlier work by Pyott on the golf […]

Charge of the light brigade

Energy-saving lighting that allows individuals more control over creating their ambience is now de rigeur, as Jill Entwistle witnesses at this year’s Hanover show

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