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In the details

This year’s Neocon office furniture fair focused on the innovative elements and features that you can add to your existing space, rather than elaborate new master plans, says Barry Jenkins

Cepsa goes Green with Twelve Stars

Petroleum giant Cepsa will begin rolling out a high-end fuel brand this month, with an identity and branding by Twelve Stars. Optima is pitched as an environment-friendly petrol, but its branding will play on ’emotional’ associations and use landscape imagery. According to Twelve Stars chief executive Nicolas De Santis, competitor products concentrate on the technical […]

Mercedes-Benz drives brand centre

Mercedes-Benz has announced that its Aukett Fitzroy Robinson-designed brand centre at Brooklands racing track in Surrey will be called Mercedes-Benz World, opening in summer 2006 (DW 30 January 2003). At 63ha, the site will become Mercedes-Benz’s largest retail presence in Europe, acting as the company’s UK brand showpiece. It will use the centre to demonstrate […]

Thompson plays culture card to sway IOC’s 2012 decision

An 11th hour attempt to persuade the International Olympic Committee to choose London to host the 2012 games continues today in a concerted effort by a number of design groups. Last night a series of ‘cultural’ literature designed by Leeds group Thompson was delivered to committee judges. The publications concentrate on the strength of London’s […]

Devoy and Brady up for DBA board

The Design Business Association has appointed Harriet Devoy, creative director of The Chase, and Pip Brady, managing director of Moon UK, to fill two of three board vacancies left open following its March annual general meeting. They will stand for election at the DBA’s 2006 AGM, which is earmarked for next March.

News in Pictures

1 Electrotecture, a video installation exploring the fusion of architectural and digital spaces, opens this week, designed by Universal Everything, at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. The exhibition runs until October. 2 Telewest Broadband is launching a new digital TV service called Teleport; with an identity designed by Coley Porter Bell. 3 Afroditikrassa’s Candy Light design […]

Shadows of their former selves

Fans of sexy, sassy 1980s comics such as Love and Rockets by the Hernandez brothers and Tank Girl by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin might feel a sense of nostalgia seeing the work of Gregory Gilbert-Lodge. The unlikely-sounding Swiss illustrator’s large-scale pieces owe much to those comic book artists (though he admits a preference for […]

Freedom Tower plans unveiled

Plans for The Freedom Tower, the 1776ft(541m)-high building that will replace the World Trade Center in New York, were unveiled last week by David Childs of architect and multidisciplinary design group Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

RCA students take inclusive approach for our Future Selves

Ten students of the Royal College of Art have shared £9000 prize money as part of the 2005 Design for our Future Selves Awards, a scheme to encourage socially aware designs. Winning ideas include a ‘sunlight table’ that uses fibre optics to improve the office environment, a rocking teapot that makes pouring easier and an […]

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