5 November 1998

Michael Peters’ family firm diversifies

London’s black cab drivers are renowned for their jovial banter and, it would now seem, for their inside contacts in the design industry. One DW reader, obviously betrayed by his standard designer-issue black suit, was recently asked ‘You in architecture or design?’ by his affable driver. Upon replying that interior design was his chosen career, […]

Mars in pack review

Mars is carrying out a review of its packaging design groups across Europe. At least one new consultancy is known to have joined the fold. ‘Until it’s finished, it’s not sensible to discuss it,’ says a Mars spokeswoman of the review.

Ritchie joins Arthesia

As predicted in Design Week, former Imagination group creative head Alex Ritchie has joined Berlin-based entertainments and events group Arthesia to set up Arthesia Pacific in Los Angeles (DW 23 October). Clients of the group, which opened Arthesia West in London last month, include Volkswagen and Audi.

Adidas factory outlet

Sports brand Adidas is due to open its first UK factory outlet store in York on 12 November, designed by Corsie Naysmith.

Design Show looks to relaunch next year

The Design Show is to be relaunched next year with a restriction on stand size to stop the event being “dominated” by one or two extravagant stands. A booking service for clients wishing to make appointments in advance with specific exhibitors, and expanded case study forums are also planned for next year. The booking service […]


Designer Lydia Thornley achieved this solarised fruit effect by directly scanning in slices of real fruits and manipulating the images in Photoshop. The results adorn the 1997-1998 annual report of The Renewal Programme, a charity co-ordinating social and training projects based in the London Borough of Newham. Thornley chose exotic fruits such as lychees, kumquats […]

Creative mind games

Matthew Valentine tries to get his head round the latest ideas in right brain and left brain thinking and finds out how design groups can find a balance and create better results.

Love at first pogo

The founding directors of Manchester design consultancy DesignStorm came together in unusual fashion. – The pair, husband and wife team Fritz and Cathy Fitton, collided during a poorly controlled pogo at a Sex Pistols gig in Huddersfield.

Rumpus in The Attik?

The departure of The Attik founder Simon Needham for Australia has raised some speculation as to a creative fall-out between staff at the New York to London to Huddersfield design group (DW 30 October). London managing director Tim Watson has moved quickly to scotch the rumours. ‘I hate him to bits and I’m glad he’s […]


Gitta Gschwendtner and Angel Monzon have redesigned the Becks Artbar at the Royal College of Art. The interior is dark and moody with the bar area painted a deep red, highlighted with lime green accessories, such as the Becks light, shown left. Venue: The Becks Artbar, RCA, Kensington Gore, London SW7.

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