They say a near-death experience changes your outlook on life. So imagine the effect if an entire consultancy narrowly escapes the Grim Reaper’s clutches, as did Paddington group Ptarmigan Design. Unbeknown to the group, the safety devices on its heating system had broken, causing the temperature to rise. When the skylight began to blacken the management called in a heating specialist, just in case. Asked how long it would have taken before the roof had blown off, the specialist casually replied: ‘Oh, about two days’. Needless to say, we might see some bizarre work coming from that particular stable in the future.
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Partner Marina Willer has created the branding, exhibition space and two films for the new show, which delves into the history of the Italian car brand.
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