Circle develops strategy for Middle East autocare brand

Circle has been appointed to a six-figure brief to develop a new vehicle services brand for Middle Eastern energy company Adnoc Distribution.Adnoc, whose main business is petrol retailing, and which is owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates, is planning to launch an autocare service comparable to Kwik-Fit in the UK, offering oil- […]

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Caulder Moore gets the cut for MichaelJohn push

Caulder Moore is redesigning the interiors of a Mayfair hair salon, ahead of a planned expansion of the brand to create a London-based hair and beauty chain.Michaeljohn, whose customers include Twiggy and Princess Anne, appointed Caulder Moore to revamp the salon about six months ago, following a non-competitive credentials pitch. It briefed the retail design […]

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Holmes Wood shows the way for British Library

Holmes Wood is creating new wayfinding for the British Library in London.Lucy Holmes, creative director of Holmes Wood, says the consultancy was appointed directly last December. She says Holmes Wood had previously worked with the British Library’s head of marketing Penny Hamilton when she was at the Natural History Museum and, prior to that, at […]

Beck’s bottle, designed by Belgium-based group K-Creation & Production

Branding to boost low-alcohol market

New research shows that the UK is downing 76 pints of low-alcohol beer a minute, in a slightly tipsy binge-drinking session unseen since the Middle Ages, when everyone from royalty to street children drank mild stout in favour of choleric water.In a report released earlier this month, Mintel investigates what it calls the ‘lower alcoholic’ […]

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An interview with yacht designer Ken Freivokh

Yacht designer Ken Freivokh’s Magellano T72 epitomises the open brief he has been given by Italian luxury boat manufacturer Azimut. He explains to Tom Banks how lateral thinking and an 18-hour day underpins his ethos.

A candelabra, made by Jean Francois Cousinet for the
Royal Chapel, Stockholm, 1695

The ornate grandeur of the Baroque

The ornate grandeur of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s forthcoming Baroque exhibition might seem out of place in our credit-crunched times. But the Baroque style informs the values of many contemporary designers, says John Stones, who takes a look at some

Havana outdoor lighting, from Foscarini, designed
by Jozeph Foraki

Lighten up

Outdoor illumination is an increasing presence in urban spaces, but designers are working hard to complement structures rather than obstruct or overwhelm them with inappropriate schemes. Anna Richardson checks out the latest developments

Government design procurement is based on ignorance

I read with interest your comment (DW 12 February) on Government procurement of design services. The way public sector contracts are awarded seems inconsistent and incompetent. I have run a graphic design consultancy for 20 years, mainly in education. Public sector design needs are best served by small and cost-effective services like ours. But we […]

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