Central London’s largest new-build hotel for 30 years, complete with a £500 000 ‘art street’, opens this week in Westminster with interiors by Proof. The latter’s work includes a giant lobby (seating area pictured left), a red glass bar called the Millbank Lounge, a ‘classic modern’ 250-cover restaurant City CafÃ© and a Sky Lounge (pictured right). The bar and restaurant aim to become destinations for Londoners, says Proof creative director David Morris. The restaurant is ‘less fashion-led and retro’ than some and features locally-influenced ‘Westminster’ touches, including dark stained oak and high quality leather stitching, Morris adds. An ‘art street’, which links Millbank and John Islip Street next to Tate Britain, offers al fresco dining and work by UK artist Susanna Heron.
The week-long festival will also host speakers including interaction design expert Daljit Singh and representatives from Heatherwick Studio.
His installation for London Design Festival draws on a number of inspirations, from clubbing in the 1990s to fake Crimean villages.
Form and functionality have long been the focus of design, but a growing number of designers are shifting away from this, creating projects that include history, culture and narrative in
The new look, which includes revised colours, illustration guides, graphics and a bespoke typographic styling, aims to strengthen Duolingo’s brand identity across its expanding product line.