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Lewis Moberly has designed a new logo for Forum UK, a partner in International Women’s Forum, the organisation for eminent women which was founded in 1970.

Construction group Costain has appointed McBride’s & Grandfield to design its 1997 annual report and accounts and promotional items. The consultancy did not have to pitch for the work.

Heinz’s Bagel Bites have been relaunched with graphics by PI Design International to help the product “scream from the freezer”, says PI creative director, graphics, Don Williams.

Once a stuffy meeting place for businessmen, the revamped Commonwealth Club opened last week. After what has amounted to a five-year refurbishment plan, undertaken by interior design consultancy Morey Smith, all that remains of the original building on London’s Northumberland Avenue is its facade. Furniture and interior decor comes in the Commonwealth Society’s colours of blue, green, yellow and red. The society’s 3500 members can tackle a modern menu in the ‘floating dining room’ and restaurant. Downstairs there are seminar and conference rooms and a members lounge, where Morey Smith has reinstated the wooden panelling typical of a gentlemen’s club.

Fred Appleton, well known in the furniture industry, has died aged 63. Appleton was founder of Scott Howard Furniture.

Veteran Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has been awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ 1998 Royal Gold Medal.

McVitie’s has introduced a new product to attract a younger audience to the cracker sector. The brand positioning, name and identity for Crackpots are the work of Ziggurat.

Fashion label Ben Sherman was believed to be discussing design groups to create a London flagship store as Design Week went to press.

Entries for the Design Week Awards can be picked up on 1 April from Centaur Events, 1-2 Berners Street, London W1P 3AG. Contact Kate Hennessy for details on 0171-970 4772.

Barber Osgerby Associates designed the Loop table for Windmill Furniture which was shortlisted in the furniture category of the 1998 Design Week Awards (DW 6 March).

In his forthcoming exhibition entitled Recording the Environment – The Hermeneutical Maze, artist Guillem Ramos Poqui poses such philosophical questions as ‘Is there art and life after post modernism?’ and ‘Can digital art learn from the painter?’. Poqui, who is also head of Fine Art and Theoretical Studies at Kensington & Chelsea College, has used a Polaroid camera and Photoshop to create 14 large-format photomontages. The exhibition runs at London’s Colville Place Gallery until 21 April.

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