February 2011 Online

A potential idea for the treehouses

Island paradise

With the delusional hopes that summer was well and truly here abruptly dashed, words like ‘tropical’, ‘island’ and ‘paradise’ are all it takes to set off imaginary Daiquiri-fuelled reveries of escaping to a tropical paradise. The cause of all this daydreaming nonsense is the launch of the Treehouse Architecture Competition of Tropical Island Resort Designers, […]

By Rob Flowers


Blogger and burger-fiend Burgerac has brought together a whole host of red meat-obsessed artists and designers to create a one-night-only show dedicated to the art of the burger. Burgerac, a self-styled ‘burger detective hot on the trail of the finest burger in town’, has organised the ticket-only Burgermat event, to be held at the Andrews […]

Unibox Lumenal fit out of Tom Dixon shop, London

A new space for spring

Spring is always time for a tidy and reshuffle, and it’s no different for London-based studio Tom Dixon. The studio’s shop, which is based at London’s Portobello Dock, has been refitted by Unibox and Lumenal to include bespoke LED-lit display units to display Dixon’s latest collection. The designers were briefed to create display systems that […]

18th Century typographer John Baskerville

Font of knowledge

The streets of Paris were built on top of 170 miles of abandoned mines, now closed to the public but representing a rich source of hand-drawn typography carved into the walls over centuries by miners, engineers and trespassers. This little nugget of information hails from The Typographic Hub, a new Online project by Birmingham City […]

Editor’s blog

Other people’s passions are always inspiring, which is what made it doubly special to be in Cape Town for the Design Indaba last week. Not only did the Indaba – meaning ‘celebration’ – surpass its reputation as the world’s best design conference, it coincided with the Cricket World Cup – a big distraction for the […]


Brit Insurance category award winners unveiled

The seven category winners of the Brit Insurance Design Awards have been announced. They include London’s Barclays Cycle Hire, winner in the Transport category, and personalised magazine app Flipboard, by Mike McCue and Evan Doll, which won in the Interactive category.

Car companies top Superbrands lists

Rolls-Royce has been ranked number one Business Superbrand and Mercedes-Benz number one Consumer Superbrand in the UK in this year’s annual Business and Consumer Superbrands surveys.


SAVE 25% on the new Phaidon monograph, Hella Jongerius: Misfit

Hella Jongerius: Misfit, is the second Phaidon monograph on Dutch product designer Hella Jongerius (1963). Stitch-bound and organised by colour, Misfit tells the story of Jongerius’ career whilst bringing you into the rich world of Hella’s creativity. The cover of Hella Jongerius: Misfit features a drawing of a white vase and each book comes with […]

Home-from-home CarlTurnerArchitects 1

Home from home

What defines the British home – a battered armchair, an umbrella stand or perhaps a mug tree? It’s a question the team at Carl Turner Architects asked themselves during The British Council’s New Architects: Portugal-UK exchange programme which saw three young UK consultancies go over to Lisbon and three Portuguese practices come to England to […]

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