Corporate Edge appoints Roland Hartmann

Corporate Edge has appointed Roland Hartmann to the newly created post of head of hotel design, as the consultancy looks to boost its capability in hotel branding and interiors. Hartmann previously ran Hartmann Design Associates.


Recently, I spoke at Meeting of Minds, debating the influence of design on our culture. Not long before this, I had my eyes opened to Shoji Hamada, arguably Japan’s finest potter, of whom I spoke.

Profile: Giusi Tacchini

Italian furniture manufacturer Tacchini is about to launch its new range in the UK. Hannah Booth talks to Giusi Tacchini, who has been leading the company for over a decade, about its latest collaborations with designers Giusi Tacchini doesn’t form professional relationships lightly. As head of family-run Italian furniture company Tacchini, she has to feel […]

The way forward

The Internet is not just a great success story, it is also changing the way traditional media work, forcing them to be more democratic, says Adrian Shaughnessy

EC defends its decision to use students

The European Commission has defended its move to create a celebratory brand identity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, via a free international student competition. A spokesman for EC vice-president Margot Wallström says they are enlisting ‘young people’ because they want the occasion to be not just for ‘diplomats, politicians and […]

Get grilling

Barbecues are as much about style as about function, but they must still be up to scratch when it comes to cooking. Clare Dowdy checks out the latest incarnations of an old favourite

Fitch hires Murphy to lead Americas work

WPP-owned Fitch has appointed George Murphy (pictured), a former executive at Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company, as managing partner for the Americas region, a move which puts him in control of Fitch’s Seattle Studio. He also replaces head of Fitch Seattle Sue Nixon, who is stepping down after ten years at the consultancy to pursue […]

Private space

The US has traditionally pioneered new ways of thinking about office space and working. Barry Jenkins reports back from this year’s Neocon fair in Chicago on the latest developments, including an increasing European influence and new ways of creating privacy Neocon, the annual corporate interiors and workplace furniture fair held in Chicago, has been changing […]

The reality of toy design is far from Geppetto’s world

As creative director of a toy design consultancy, I read Yolanda Zappaterra’s article on Kurt Naef with great interest (DW 22 June). His approach to toy design is one that I am sure many in my field of design would love to be able to entertain. The reality, however, is a requirement to fulfil our […]

There are no delays with the wayfinding strategy for London

Contrary to the impression given in Design Week (News, 22 June), the wayfinding strategy for central London is very much on track – with no delays or disagreements in sight. The journey began some time ago when the findings of the first study of how people can be encouraged to walk more through better signage […]

Umbrella brands can get too big for their own good

I read with interest the newspaper headlines that Cadbury has been forced to freeze all ads and withdraw many products because of the salmonella scare at the plant. This brings into question the rationale behind branding most of the best-known brands under one umbrella brand. All the company’s products become tarred with the same brush […]

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