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Junior Design Toy Awards 2014

Junior Design Toy Awards 2014

  Wooden toys have a timeless appeal that remains as strong today as ever. So it is pleasing to see that the winners of the Best Toy Design for both the 0-2 years and 3-5 years sections of Junior magazine’s Design Awards are traditional wooden toys that have the capacity to become heirlooms of the(…)

New era in cruise ship design

New era in cruise ship design

Cruise ships have always been associated  with style and glamour. But as customers’ expectations increase, the demands on the cruise companies to provide ever more luxurious accommodation and facilities grow. In their bid to stay well ahead of the competition veteran cruise line Holland America, which has been operating vacation cruises since 1895, has commissioned(…)

Inflatable incubator wins 2014 James Dyson Award

Inflatable incubator wins 2014 James Dyson Award

An inflatable incubating system, designed by a 23 year old Loughborough University graduate and costing 90% less than a standard incubator, has won this year’s James Dyson Award-the international design prize that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. More than one in ten babies worldwide are born prematurely. According to the(…)

Surprise triumph for Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre in the 2014 Stirling Prize for Architecture

Surprise triumph for Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre in the 2014 Stirling Prize for Architecture

Great buildings can, and should, inspire. With that in mind, we are delighted to see the architects of the Everyman Theatre get the recognition they deserve. Creating a building with fantastic functionality and aesthetics is one thing, but creating a building with real soul is quite another. Architects Haworth Tompkins were therefore taking on quite a(…)

…and the UK’s best office spaces are…

…and the UK’s best office spaces are…

The British Council for Offices (BCO) was established in 1990 “to research, develop and communicate best practice in all aspects of the office sector”. In their quest to create more effective office spaces, they hold an annual competition to find what it believes are the best and most innovative office space designs in the UK.(…)

Laura Ashley’s new venture into the hotel business

Laura Ashley’s new venture into the hotel business

Laura Ashley, the well known fashion and home furnishing and accessories company, ventured into the hotel business last year when it successfully refurbished and relaunched  The Manor Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire using its iconic design style inspired by the English countryside. Following on from its success there, it has now undertaken another project to bring back(…)

Design is for everyday

Design is for everyday

 Describe a product as “designer” and most people will immediately bring to mind something high-end, top of the range and, above all, expensive. Yet this is to miss the point of design. True design is about taking an object –  any object- and making it better. The end goal may be it to make it more(…)