News in brief round-up

A round-up of this week’s news in brief.

Lighting designer Russell Lipscombe has died at the age of 49. Colleague and friend Gregor Jackson, partner at GP Studio, writes, ‘Russell loved life and loved design. With a background in architecture he eased seamlessly into lighting design- where he found his forte, and championed a number of lighting design businesses over a career spanning more than 20 years. He was instrumental in the retail arena particularly, and excelled at amplifying lighting design as a vital ingredient to any successful scheme. There are I’m sure, more suits sold in a Reiss store, more lingerie sold in Harrods, and more Burberry raincoats sold internationally as a result of Russell’s flair. He loved life- any hurdles he faced, he always crossed and ventured forward positively. Life was for living to the full.’

Harridge cards

Igloo has created new branding for corporate travel company ETS, renaming it Harridge after the owners of the brand. The new identity features eight striped patterns, referencing the company’s English heritage.

Consultancy Netready has created the designs for new site, which aims to allow creatives to collaborate on projects and receive mentoring. The site features a set of graphic icons to aid navigation.

Fedrigoni website

Thomas Manss & Company has designed a new website for paper company Fedrigoni. The site features a ‘playful and easy to use’ scalable paper selector, according to the consultancy, that allows users to search the Fedrigoni database, download the specs and request samples from any device.

DesignStudio has appointed Ian Styles as executive creative director and Rory McKeating as business development director. Styles joins after three years as creative director at Interbrand. 

Rest Assured.

Manchester-based consultancy The Market Creative has designed a new identity for Rest Assured beds and mattresses, which is part of the Silentnight Group. A new strapline, ‘the bed your back would choose’, was also created.

Hackney-based design duo We Are Laura is creating a design pop up at one of the shipping containers at the Boxpark mall in east London. Opening between 14 and 18 October, the pop up will have a maritime theme selling nautical prints, cards, curiosities, and books on behalf of Oxfam Ealing Bookshop.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Signlex and Area2 have created new signage for The Royal College of Psychiatrists London headquarters. The space, which opens later this autumn, features a bespoke three-sided totem, brushed stainless steel floor indicators for each floor and a stainless-steel reception wall logo.

Designers Guild has partnered with Hello Kitty to launch a new range of co-branded products with the Sanrio-owned brand. Hello Kitty artwork will feature within prints taken from the Designers Guild archive, which will be updated each season and applied across a range of products from 2014, which is also Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary.

AllofUs Bologna Building

AllofUs has created a series of videos and installations to mark the launch of the MAST Foundation, a new institute established by owner of innovation-based industrial solutions group Coesia, Isabella Seràgnoli, in Bologna, Italy. The consultancy will also design and build three interactive exhibits for the Industrial Focus Area of the MAST Foundation’s new cultural centre.


Consultancy Charlie&Leo has created the branding for men’s fashion brand Gavallier. Charlie&Leo also designed a fully responsive e-commerce site for the brand.

All My Friends are Superheroes

Illustrator and Telegram Books art director James Nunn has designed a new look for Andrew Kaufman’s book All My Friends are Superheroes. The book features new illustrations of the superheroes that appear in the story.

New Spa Esprit Waxing salon Ministry of Waxing is opening in Islington, North London this week, claiming to be the ‘world’s first social salon’. The interiors have been designed by founder Cynthia Chua, and feature treatment rooms ‘that mirror the interior of a space-age vessel’, according to the brand.

Jade Goto has collaborated with denim retailer The Griffin Denim, to install a vertical garden in-store window display. According to the brand, the use of plants within the installation references the historical use of plants within the denim making process.

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