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SYZYGY office, Frankfurt
HI-MACS was the material of choice to create a space within a space for this new office. Designers at 3deluxe created light openings and milled into it for backlighting
Bye bye HID light
While Ceramic Metal Halide and halogen lamps are inexorably being pushed aside by LEDs, which outperform both on most counts, Gary Heald warns users to do their homework before moving over, as disappointment may lie ahead
Come and talk about design with FX assistant editor Jamie Mitchell at Clerkenwell Design Week
The best thing about being a design journalist is getting out of the office, meeting designers and seeing some of the amazing and truly innovative products that are the fruit of our creative industries. I’m not a designer myself, but I’ve always found designers to be truly fascinating people, the best of whom work tenaciously – in some cases obsessively – towards making our lives better and happier.
Pick of the best new products
Research-based design studio Desitecture, with a mission to ‘make the everyday extraordinary’
When a professor of architecture finds that his work is ‘so last season’, is something seriously gone awry? Jamie Mitchell talks to Richard Weston, whose scan explorations into rocks, fossils and stones have found their way on to fashion items and accessories...
Q&A with Celia Sawyer
An interior designer and collector of rare objects, Celia Sawyer made her TV debut last year as one of the dealers on the second series of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, a show where people bring in items they think are valuable and try to flog them to four dealers. With the programme’s third series under way, Sawyer tells FX about her career so far, and how she balances a successful interior design practice with a TV career.
MEATmission, East London
In a one-time Christian Mission house the new religion of top-notch burgers is feeling right at home, thanks to an inspired design by Shed
One-stop shop for design shows
Four design events – DX London, The ARC Show, Interiors LDN and kbb LDN – will come together in the ExCeL arena London, for a new definitive industry event, The May Design Series.
Vienna: Design destination
The capital of Austria has a rich and illustrious design past, but it’s not resting on its laurels, says Helen Parton, a visitor to the latest Vienna Design Week, where she saw much to be impressed with during the 10-day event and beyond
The kids are alright
Once upon a time, children’s hospitals’ efforts to distract or amuse their patients were token – a cartoon character mural here, a decorative mobile there. The latest schemes offer everything from aerial walkways and meerkat enclosures to more quietly sophisticated spaces designed to support patient, parent, siblings and staff, says Veronica Simpson
Go-ahead for Holder Mathias in Swansea’s historic city centre
Architecture practice Holder Mathias has secured planning consent for a £8m scheme that will transform the historic heart of Swansea.
John Robertson Architects revitalises The Helicon building
John Robertson Architects (JRA) has completed the refurbishment of The Helicon, comprising some 11,600 sq m office and 9,000 sq m of retail, on the corner of Finsbury Pavement and South Place in the City of London. Originally designed by Sheppard Robson and completed in 1996, The Helicon helped to start the rejuvenation of Moorgate with its high-tech detailing and provision of substantial modern retail units. Around 40 per cent of the building is occupied by Marks and Spencer and HSBC, creating a strong presence at street level.
Speirs + Major honoured with four awards in a week
Speirs + Major has followed up last year’s Practice of the Decade Award at the Lighting Design Awards with a win this year in the Heritage Lighting category for Burlington Arcade. The awards were held at the end of March in London. The lighting design practice’s projects Hedonism Wine Store, Mayfair, and the Twin Sails Bridge in Poole were also commended in the small retail and exterior lighting categories respectively.
Mather & Co tries and converts best project yet for Springboks, South Africa
North West-based design consultancy Mather & Co has won one if its most prestigious international contracts to date – to design the new Springbok Experience for the South African Rugby Union (SARU) in Cape Town.
Sir Robert Woodard Academy, West Sussex
For this the first new-build school for the Woodward Trust, the design by Architecture PLB aimed to give the sponsor something to shout about
Investing in design
A lively and energetic debate was held between our top UK designers and some of the most powerful manufacturers in the world. Much of what was discussed has left more questions to explore, but one of the serious points to emerge is just who takes the credit for a successful product? Should designers take more responsibility for sales and marketing decisions, or do manufacturers lead and control the success of the product? David Tarpey reports
Ben, Blacksheep, and Bison – All at Ege Carpets
FX editor Theresa Dowling meets all three on a trip to Denmark to help judge the final of the Ege Carpets design competition
Grimshaw submits development application for landmark tower
Grimshaw has submitted a development application on behalf of Parramatta City Council outside of Sydney for a landmark mixed-use tower that could be the tallest in Australia.
£7m Innovation Centre for Science Park
Work on Ryder Architecture’s four-storey £7m Innovation Centre 3 at the Liverpool Science Park has started on site.