Great Design

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(…)

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(…)

Could zinc play a part in your kitchen design?

Could zinc play a part in your kitchen design?

Currently the designer choice of many a fashionable bar and restaurant, zinc is the on-trend choice of the moment in many top of the range kitchen designs. It has a unique look that makes it very desirable and creates a real style statement. But it’s by no means cheap so, with significant investment required, just(…)

Our 5 favourites from London Design Festival at V&A 2014

Our 5 favourites from London Design Festival at V&A 2014

At the conclusion of another highly successful London Design Week (13th to 21st September) , Rachael Steven takes a look at some of the highlights from the V&A’s London Design Festival programme, including graphic mosaics, nightmarish 3D sculptures and a mesmerising experiment with light… Crest is an ultra-thin sculpture made from eight millimetre-thick aluminium, installed over a pool(…)

Glass and Concrete make an innovative combo

Glass and Concrete make an innovative combo

Showcasing their  talents at 100% Design show in London later this week will be glass splashback designer, Emma Britton and concrete designer/maker, Matthew Redgate of Redgate Design. This will be the 4th year at the show for Emma who has established a name for herself producing bespoke glass splashbacks in designs ranging from floral patterns(…)

Is high-tech gadgetry about to take over our kitchen designs?

Is high-tech gadgetry about to take over our kitchen designs?

Are holographic dining and internet-connected high tech gadgetry about to transform our kitchens? Gemma Morris, Sky News Reporter, discusses the possible future of our cooking experience. Manufacturers are scrambling to be first past the post with innovative ideas that can transform our kitchens into technological hubs, a lifestyle expert has told Sky News. The kitchen(…)

Winner of the Carbuncle Cup 2014

Winner of the Carbuncle Cup 2014

Winner of this year’s Carbuncle Prize was announced yesterday. The Carbuncle Cup, launched in 2006 by the magazine “Building Design” is a humourous response  to a piece of architecture that the panel of critics select as “the ugliest building in the United Kingdom completed in the last 12 months” Reporting for the magazine bdonline, Thomas(…)