Virgin on verge of appointment

Virgin Rail is on the verge of appointing consultancies to design train interiors for its Cross Country and West Coast Main Lines. It currently has a shortlist of six, from which it is likely to appoint three consultancies with different design capabilities. This marks a break from the client’s past. It previously appointed one interior […]

Mercier Gray sets up offices in the Emirates

Sixty-strong London marketing services group Mercier Gray is to open two offices in the United Arab Emirates in a joint venture with Middle Eastern conglomerate the Kanoo Group. The offices will open in the next six weeks and will be wholly-owned subsidiaries of Mercier Gray, based in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Each will employ a […]

New DW publication

Design Week is compiling a listing of design consultancies working in retail for inclusion in a new annual publication. If you have not received a survey form or have not yet returned it, please contact Nicky Churchill on 0171-970 4000.


NeoCon ’98 world trade fair for commercial and residential interior design and facilities management will take place from 8-10 June at the Merchandise Mart at the Chicago World Trade Centre. The event offers new product introductions and services from more than 800 exhibitors. Contact: or telephone 001 312 527 7600.

RPA launches new scholarship

Retail Planning Associates has launched the RPA Scholarship Foundation, which will provide an annual award of 6500 and a work placement to one UK or US design student every year. Second- and final-year design students are eligible for the new scholarship, which will be awarded on the basis of excellence in strategic retail design. “The […]

D&AD go in at Deep End

Deep End Design has been appointed to revamp British Design and Art Direction’s website. The consultancy won the job after a pitch against a combined team from MetaDesign and AMX Digital (DW 23 January). The new site will launch at the D&AD Awards ceremony on 6 May. D&AD’s existing site, created by Hyperinteractive, will be […]

Allfinanz logo by The Identity Business

Dublin group The Identity Business has created the marque for Allfinanz, a new suite of on-line financial products created by local software company FMS. The life assurance and pensions software products, about to go live, are designed for insurance companies’ Internet sites. FMS has created a number of basic software packages which are customised for […]

Finds the parts other brands can’t reach

Visitors to VIP washrooms at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre last week were treated to a bit of Cool Britannia packaging design. The luxury lavs were well stocked with Virgin Vie products, including indispensable Energy Babbling Spring Pebbles (recommended retail price 12). It would seem that no matter where visiting dignitaries go, they won’t escape […]


Justin Bere has designed the glass set for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza. The production will be lit by Hugh Vanstone and designed by Mark Thompson. Bere designed the glass Pizza Ex-press restaurant at London Wall. Venue: Pit Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2.

RIBA seeks new head

The Royal Institute of British Architects is looking for a new director of the RIBA Architecture Centre at London’s Portland Place, following the resignation of incumbent Victoria Thornton. Thornton, who has held the post for three and a half years, will continue to run her own company, Architecture Dialogue, and handle Open House, an annual […]

Real Time adds AMX to its stable

Multimedia group AMX Digital, which went into voluntary liquidation last week, has been bought by Real Time Studio for an undisclosed sum. AMX will trade under the name AMX Studios. The deal includes 27 full-time staff, including design director Malcolm Garrett and interactive director Alasdair Scott, as well as consultants Bob Cotton and Peter Anderson. […]

Wolff quits INS for new venture

Michael Wolff has resigned as non-executive director of Interbrand Newell and Sorrell to become a founding partner in a new venture, The Fourth Room. The Fourth Room was set up as a think-tank by ex-Newell and Sorrell director of strategy Piers Schmidt and finance director Russell Lloyd. Research specialist Wendy Gordon is the group’s fourth […]

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