Battersea ‘Megaplex’

Warner Village Cinemas has unveiled its plans for Battersea Power Station. A 32-screen, 8200-seat ‘Megaplex’ cinema complex with catering and retail outlets will be developed in the landmark building at a cost of 35m. Interior and graphic designers are yet to be appointed.

Lighthouse exhibition

Torch is designing a series of exhibitions for Trinity House, a body set up in 1514 to control lighthouses around England, Wales, the West Indies and Gibraltar. Torch secured the work in a non-creative tender process and is this week starting work on the first exhibitions – to be held at the Portland Bill Lighthouse […]

RPA Europe delays director appointment

RPA Europe will not replace former managing director Michael Howard until at least the end of this year, says chairman Gerry Postlethwaite. It is possible that Howard’s eventual replacement may come from an internal promotion, he adds. Since Howard’s departure in March the managing director’s role has been shared between Postlethwaite, marketing director Scott Siemers […]

Expert advice needed for millennium plans

It’s great that the Millennium Dome will go ahead, even if it won’t be to the original plan. As we hadn’t seen Imagination’s proposals for its innards, we don’t know what compromises the conditions attached to Tony Blair’s backing and his remarkable deal with Michael Heseltine will bring. What we do know is that the […]

Gullivers to get identity rethink and new name

HSAG has followed its creation of an identity for the Local Government Association (DW 31 January) with the design of the LGA’s magazine, Local Government Voice. HSAG designers Tom Poslett and Sara Wilkinson sought to give the magazine a fresh and progressive look. The magazine will be published bi-monthly and distributed to the LGA’s 500 […]

C’est la ‘Vie’ for Virgin store

Virgin has confirmed the brand identity of its cosmetics chain as Virgin Vie (DW 20 June), created jointly by Revolution and in-house visual design manager Allison Miles. Virgin Retail is to spend 220m opening new music stores over the next two years. Eight new Megastores will be built, including one on London’s King’s Road. The […]

Out with the old in with the new CSD

This latest in the series of CSD errors of judgement (Letters, 20 June) has at least served to get the society as a subject of general debate once again. Parallels with the Tory Party are inevitable, internal division, lack of direction, might one even venture arrogance? (Oddly, here in Scotland the CSD is VERY quiet […]

Redrawing the line in Hong Kong

With the handover of Hong Kong drawing near, UK designers working there are obviously concerned for the future. Sharon Marshall asks whether they have anything to worry about

Bank gives CSD deal to cut debt

The Chartered Society of Designers has done a deal with its bank to write off about half of the 700 000 it owes over the next seven years. The deal, struck by the CSD Management Committee with NatWest, depends on the achievement of management and financial goals set down by the society to the satisfaction […]

RCA honours Wegner

Hans Wegner, designer of furniture, lights and wallpaper, is tomorrow to be made a Royal College of Art Honorary Doctor, alongside fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, painter Ellsworth Kelly and film director Martin Scorsese. Designer Nick Butler becomes a senior fellow, and Peta Levi an honorary fellow.

Art of the Royal College

The word ‘design’ has been included for the first time in the Royal College of Art’s identity, in a new version to be launched at the college’s Convocation tomorrow. RCA graphics tutor Alan Kitching designed the new marque, which features the strapline ‘Postgraduate art & design’ under the royal crest. ‘We resisted a name-change,’ says […]


Josep Rubua Sola, designer of the bull-inspired Miura motorcycle displayed at the Royal College of Art/ RAC show, was revelling in the publicity at the launch of the event. But he was not tempted to wheel the beast outside for the benefit of the paparazzi who wanted to photograph it in its natural habitat – […]

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