31 January 2008

Let there be light

Past excesses have inevitably put light festivals in the doghouse with environmentalists, but an event in London this week turns the tables and suggests they can be showcases for sustainable and responsible urban illumination, says Oliver BennettRecently there’s been a boom in light festivals, and that boom continues apace. The past few years have seen […]

Ode to cologne

Henrietta Thompson rather enjoys the work on display at the Cologne furniture fair, but what impresses her most are the organiser’s neat touches. Meanwhile, Natasha Edwards samples what the rapidly evolving Paris fair scene has to offerIMM CologneLondon could learn certain lessons from the design festivals and furniture fairs around the world, and this year […]

Breaking news…

Does the relaunch of ITV’s News at Ten in its old timeslot mark a return to traditional broadcast design values, or have podcasts and ‘rolling’ formats altered our expectations of TV news forever? Oliver Bennett investigatesNews programmes may be under threat, with the proliferation of 24-hour news channels and on-line coverage, but they continue to […]

Royal Academy hosts On Off London show

The ninth On Off London fashion show opens next week at the Royal Academy of Arts, featuring several furniture and interior designers. Corey Barrett, art director of London restaurant Bluebird, is creating the VIP lounge at the show, which is themed around the London club scene. Furniture designer Le Tramac is lending 20 pieces for […]

London club to open with Sieff interiors

A private members’ club in London W1, aimed at the business community, opens on Friday (8 February), with interiors by Diana Sieff. One Alfred Place, from the creators of Soho House, contains sleep cabins, shower rooms, a bar and meeting rooms. It features art by Barbara Hepworth and Andy Warhol, among others. The furniture comprises […]

Flagship London Dunhill store details unveiled

Alfred Dunhill’s flagship London store is due to open this summer, with interiors by South African designer Graham Viney. It will include a private members’ club, spa, private cinema, games room and restaurant.The menswear retailer is considering whether to stay in-house or brief consultancies to create a website and identities for the club and restaurant.The […]

LCI heads north with Glasgow gaming venue

London Clubs International, the company behind The Casino at The Empire in London’s Leicester Square, is to unveil a new casino this month in Scotland.The company has revised the design team appointed to carry out the branding and interiors for its latest venture, following the launch of casinos in London, Manchester and Nottingham.The naming, branding […]

Two groups win Scottish Natural Heritage review

Scottish Natural Heritage, the body responsible for the conservation and maintenance of Scotland’s national parks and natural resources, is to undergo a strategy and brand review.The organisation has appointed Edinburgh consultancy The Leith Agency to develop its strategy and brand proposition, while Glasgow-based group Third Eye Design is understood to have been appointed verbally to […]

The future is now

We can hardly imagine the world that created Aleksandr Mikhailovich Rodchenko. He was born into an almost medieval Russia, with donkey carts and carp fishing and serfs, and witnessed the super-violent birth of a modern country, with steel works and machine guns and mass death. This explosion of newness fuelled a new kind of radical […]

In search of new horizons

For many design consultancies of a certain size, overseas expansion can be a logical next step in building the business, says Tony Walford Having an international footprint can bring a business many benefits, such as attracting clients and employees who are excited by foreign horizons. Equally, the chance of working in the consultancy’s headquarters can […]


Former car designer Jeanne Marell is one of a new breed of multidisciplinary designers working at Nokia’s London studio. Guy Bird talks to her about her projects, the iPhone threat and where Nokia goes nextA year and a half ago, Dutch-born Jeanne Marell was designing the colour and trim on concept and production cars by […]

… and push the use of Green solutions while we’re about it

Gill Parker’s take on sustainability and corporate social responsibility in the workplace is helpful (Business Insight, DW 17 January). However, we were surprised there was no mention of climate change and energy use. Design consultancies are often heavily involved in using or specifying lighting and electrical equipment. It is here that they could make the […]

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