Future Systems partner Amanda Levete describes the building design for the new Selfridges store in Birmingham as ‘organic, curvilinear, fluid… and sculptural’. Unveiled this week, the consultancy’s design takes advantage of the site’s steep slope, with entry points on four different levels. ‘We started to see the envelope of the building as a skin,’ says Levete. Inspired by scales, chainmail and sequins, it is comprised of loose discs. The vast atrium at the top will allow natural light deep into the store, which is due to open in autumn 2003. Interior designers are yet to be announced.
The design studio has renamed the funeral comparison service Beyond, giving it a new identity centred around a three-dimensional, cartoon man, which looks to counter the “sunsets, flowers and doves”
A new, independent magazine celebrating classic graphic symbols has launched, based on a popular Instagram account created by a London-based designer.
The charity has published its second Design Economy report, which looks at the value of the industry and who makes it up. While design contributes £85bn to the economy, there
D&AD’s annual student and graduate awards sees 194 recipients of its coveted pencil prizes this year, with a campaign for the housing crisis taking the top spot.