26 February 2004

Virgin Atlantic launches latest business class lounge

Virgin Atlantic launches its latest business class lounge this week, at Terminal 4 of New York’s JFK airport. Designed in-house by senior design manager Hilary Clark and senior designer Emma Lally, the 650m2 space features a waterfall that flows into a 27m pool running the length of the space, a bar with a 42-inch plasma […]

Exhibitions

Earth Moves, until 27 March, is an exhibition by Peter Chatwin and Pamela Martin. Pieces refer to the shifting of the earth’s crust and personal experiences of earthquakes and volcanic activity. Venue: Six Chapel Row Contemporary Art, off Queen Square, Bath BA1 1HN.

Watford Palace wears the crown

The Watford Palace Theatre unveils a refreshed identity by Thompson Design this week, as the venue moves to relaunch following its £8m, 18-month renovation programme. Thompson will also create an advertising campaign for the theatre’s re-opening in June, including print, video and merchandising items, and will design programmes, posters and other print collateral. Watford Palace […]

Bin your mouse to acquire New Media Knowledge

A ripple of excitement is no doubt making its way through the digital media industry with last week’s launch of the Lateral-designed New Media Knowledge resource centre, www.nmk.co.uk. Featuring an ‘intuitive, click-free’ search function – users presumably have to move around the site telepathically – it allows designers, programmers and consultants to ‘take part in […]

Out-of-town stores would benefit from better design

Designers should target out-of-town retailers, which must invest in design and become more flexible about store formats if they are to continue to drive sales growth, says a report out this week. The Verdict report claims the sector is approaching maturity and calls on retailers to ‘use space more effectively’ and invest in ‘more engaging […]

Bazalgette builds bridge over the generation gap

B.a.z.a.l.g.e.t.t.e. That’s the problem with unusual names, you have to spell them out over the phone to dimwitted journalists. But Lee Bazalgette, who’s just joined Factory Design as design engineer, has less reason to curse his name than most, particularly in design circles. He’s related to Sir Joseph Bazalgette, the distinguished civil engineer responsible for […]

Surrey product design group Alloy

Surrey product design group Alloy has collaborated with the consumer products division of BT Home Communications on a series of next generation designs launching this month. The product designs include the Freestyle 100 Home Pack, consisting of three phones to connect up the house: a lounge phone with an extra large earpiece, a bedroom phone […]

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse…

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Postmodernism jabs you in the solar plexus. The latest design innovation from Italy, the Amore Mio, is a heart-shaped wall panel made in mosaics and silicone. These ‘highly tactile and seductive works’ are described by the designer as ‘halfway between neo-pop provocation in a playful, child-like […]

S&M thinks newly hatched Birds Eye logo is lame duck

It is with deepest regret and great sadness that we are witness to the death of another giant of the brand world. A dark cloud filled the studio at Smith & Milton as news of the death of the inimitable Birds Eye gull (DW 12 February) reached our desks. Th

Bahrain break for WPP Group

A consortium of WPP Group companies has been appointed as global communications advisor by Durrat-Al-Bahrain, the nascent Bahrain tourist resort. WPP’s remit includes branding and identity – to be undertaken by Addison Corporate Marketing, advertising, public relations, media buying and sport sponsorship. The resort will compete with Dubai’s The Palm, a palm-shaped, man-made island.

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