9 November 1995

DY Davies figures

Architecture group DY Davies has turned in mixed figures for the year to end-April 1995 – described as an ‘extremely difficult’ year by chairman David Davies. Although there was a rise in turnover from 5.5m in the previous year to 7.4m, an operating profit from continuing operations of 89 000 was reduced to a 16 […]

A world apart

What makes the ideal hotel? More important than the elements of service, luxury and location is the creation of a self-contained world which is nothing like home, believe Carlos Virgile and Nigel Stone. Carlos Virgile and Nigel Stone are joint managing di

Man who reads like a computer

System Error Occurred. – It’s bad enough when you see it on screen, but what about on someone’s shoulder? – Manchester graphic designer Andy Bainbridge’s head fell to pieces at the end of summer ’95.

Sector Light puts Lisbon Expo on line

Sector Light Design is creating a series of identities for Lisbon to tie in with the city’s hosting of Expo ’98. – The group was appointed in June 1994, following a credentials pitch, as design and marketing consultant for the urban regeneration project,

Fitch carves niche in Nordic furniture store

Asko, Finland’s largest furniture manufacturer and retailer, has unveiled new interiors for its Helsinki flagship store with design by Fitch. The 3716m2 flagship revamp is part of a repositioning strategy aimed at raising the chain’s profile in the face of increasing competition. Ikea’s move into the Finnish market in six months’ time has “focused many […]

Athens opts for a cleaner act

Cobbold Knox is working on concepts for an 18m environmental centre now under construction in Athens, Greece. – The London consultancy is designing a 2000m2 exhibition, a gallery, a restaurant, a café and a shop for the Gaia Centre, which will primarily a

Cheese chalks up new look

Claessens in The Netherlands has redesigned the packaging and strengthened the identity for Westland’s niche market cheese Old Amsterdam. The cheese, which is sold in The Netherlands and Germany, has been brought into line with Claessens’ redesigns for bigger brands Maaslander and Westlite. “We have added the Westland logo as an endorsement and made the […]

A room with a view

Anyone would assume that hotels such as Philippe Starck’s New York Royalton, Jean Nouvel’s Le Saint James, or Aldo Rossi’s Il Palazzo Fukuoka, all of which have been splashed across the design press, would be a designer’s idea of heaven when it came to putting up for the night at home or abroad – well, […]

Seagram job win – another free-pitch?

Seagram, new tenant of London landmark building The Ark, has appointed Marshall Cummings Marsh to work on interiors after what is believed to be a free-pitch. The office design specialist beat off competition from two consultancies, thought to be BDG/McColl and BDP, in the final stage of a two-leg race. Seagram refuses to comment on […]

Coming Up

Apple Expo 1995 – Wednesday 8 November – Europe’s largest Macintosh event allows new and experienced users to view exhibits, including hardware and software, through to training for the Macintosh market.

Council to ditch logo

The Design Council is to drop its identity less than a year after it was designed by The Partners. – It is now talking to design groups about replacing the slogan-based identity system, introduced at the council’s official relaunch last December.

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