The Business in March – DesignCurial

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News and pictures from the design sector


Sir David Adjaye makes memories at the Design Museum

The Design Museum is presenting a new exhibition that explores the role of monuments and memorials in the 21st century, through seven projects by British–Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye.

Making Memories (until 5 May) features projects such as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the new National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. Highlights include a full-scale section of the Sclera Pavilion for London Design Festival 2008, a replica library area from the Gwangju River Reading Room in South Korea, as well as inspiration materials including a sculpture by the early 20th-century Yoruba artist Olowe of Ise.

In this exhibition Adjaye will examine the idea of the monument and present his thinking on how architecture and form are used as storytelling devices. Monuments are a record of who we are and are deeply ingrained in our psyche as a way of memorialising our triumphs and failures.

Making Memories opens with a visual survey of monuments and memorials, starting with the Acropolis of Athens (447 BC) and continues through many places, cultures and ideas until the 2018 Millicent Fawcett statue by Gillian Wearing in London. Each of the seven projects, selected by Adjaye, is presented in a dedicated room alongside specially commissioned video interviews and immersive site-specific displays. It will be the first opportunity to see an in-depth display of the proposed Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Boston, designed to be a place for discursive action and assembly.

Classic light Relaunched

The Albertslund Post lamp, has been relaunched with key technical updates. Its simple construction and form, its clear proportions, and its functionality in diverse enivironments have made it a classic.

It relaunches in Mini and Maxi editions with updates, including dimming options, Smart City compatibility, and easy maintenance features.

It first appeared in the Danish town of Albertslund in 1963 in a new housing development designed by architect Viggo Møller- Jensen. The lamp was designed for the project by his son, Jens, and manufactured both then and now by Louis Poulsen.

New appointment

Resonate Interiors has appointed Neville Smith as studio director. The appointment will allow him to utilise the design led experience he has gained throughout his career to help manage the growth and development of the team.

Key changes at HOK

Global design practice HOK has announced key changes to the leadership of its London studio, with studio founder Larry Malcic announcing his retirement and David Weatherhead and John Rhodes appointed as new design principals.

Malcic helped establish HOK’s London studio in 1989, and spent more than three decades leading HOK’s London design team. In that time his projects have included the Barclays World HQ at Canary Wharf and the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms Expansion for the Imperial War Museum.

Rhodes, who leads HOK’s sport, recreation and entertainment practice, and Weatherhead, who has led projects across the world, will succeed Malcic as London design principals.

London home

Design studio and consultancy FutureBrand UXUS is expanding into the UK, with a new office opening in Waterhouse Square, Holborn this month, in addition to its existing New York and Amsterdam offices. Joseph Lane, senior designer; Adam Thompson, senior creative strategist and Alice Ellis, senior client manager, will form the London team.

Kvadrat acquisition

Kvadrat has acquired Versol, the global specialist in design and manufacturing of functional indoor solar shading fabrics and blinds.

Additionally Kvadrat has launched a new business entity – Kvadrat Shade – in collaboration with global window covering specialist Coulisse.

The first collection will be in collaboration with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.

Plans for covered food market revealed

Stiff + Trevillion has been appointed by street food operator KERB to transform Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, a former banana and cucumber storage building, at Covent Garden, into the West End’s first indoor food market

The scheme for Seven Dials Market will transform the 19th-century Thomas Neal’s Warehouse to provide a 2,000 sq m market and dining space across the ground and basement levels. Split into three core areas, it will deliver a unique mix of produce, food retail, street food and entertainment to meet the needs of Londoners and tourists both day and night.

CGI of Stiff + Trevillion’s Covent Garden food marketCGI of Stiff + Trevillion’s Covent Garden food market

Drawing on the building’s history, the market will be the capital’s most central food hall, creating a food and entertainment destination hub for the visiting public. Traders will provide a premium selection of street food across 12 markets, eight takeaway bars and seven restaurants, which will change throughout the year to bring fresh, new selections.

The design of the building reflects the property’s heritage, with original features carefully retained and refurbished. Cast iron beams and columns will be left visible, as will the brick arches that are synonymous with historic market spaces.

Stiff + Trevillion’s design is contemporary in style while rooted in heritage. Richard Blandy, director at Stiff + Trevillion, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with KERB to create a vibrant space for the West End’s first covered food market. Highlighting many of the building’s original features, we look to create an inspiring space to meet and enjoy the eclectic array of independent food options.’

Infant school pupils sitting comfortably

Colourful Postura+ chairs have been selected in Grape Crush colour for the reception-age facilities at the first stage of the Hatchlands Primary School development in Redhill, Surrey.

Being built on the site of the former Redhill Magistrates’ Court, while renovations of the main building are carried out, temporary classrooms in the former bailiff’s services area are providing accommodation to a small group of receptionage children.

The school worked with Willowbrook Education to find a chair that would create a fun, vibrant learning environment while being long-lasting, comfortable, modern and suitable for occasional outdoor use: Postura+ chairs were selected.

USM shows off in new-look space

The Swiss manufacturer of modular furniture, USM, has totally revamped its Clerkenwell showroom to create a modern, natural and compelling space to reflect the company’s beauty, versatility and history, the company says.

The UK showroom and office opened its doors in 2015 to great success, reaching a new audience of designers and architects in London’s most popular design district. The new iteration of the space sees a softer approach to the interior design, space planning and styling. The versatility of the USM Haller products is manifest across the floor, seamlessly moving between workplace, residential lounge and back again.

Image Credit: Gareth Gardner

USM appointed BDG architecture + design to the project, which having specified the product in a number of schemes, including its own workplace at Sea Containers on the Thames in London, had the vision and understanding to create a space that speaks of design quality and timelessness, USM says.

Visitors are now welcomed by a lounge area, complete with a sofa and coffee table that would be at home in either a residential or commercial space.

A credenza is used to store old vinyl while the coffee table is configured to include planting. To the side is a home office complete with grey USM Haller furniture.

Further into the showroom an oiled oak table sits opposite the open-plan kitchen, suitable for dining, meeting and touch-down work. The kitchen space itself has USM Haller storage that divides the space, stores crockery and glassware while providing an informal, social meeting point.

Prisma has berth in ferry terminal

Royal Caribbean recently unveiled its new Terminal A at Port Miami, and it features the award-winning Prisma collection throughout.

The collection, launched in 2013, now includes privacy screens, workstations and work-booth environments to form part of the tessellated modular pattern, creating further versatility and uses for the increasing demand for adaptable furniture for the contemporary workplace and hospitality environments.

Image Credit: Emily Michot

Prisma is designed by Alexander Lotersztain, Argentinian-born Australian designer and founder of the multi-disciplinary design studio Derlot.

The terminal building was designed by Broadway Malyan.

The Barlett celebrates 100 years

The Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, marks 100 years of radical thinking with Bartlett 100. A year of celebration begins with 100 stories over 100 days, published through a new website: bartlett100.com.

A full programme of events throughout the year will engage the public in the work of The Bartlett across the built environment.

A new dean will take over from the incumbent, Professor Alan Penn, who is standing down after two terms of five years.

Bartlett 100 will celebrate the people and projects that have shaped The Bartlett and the world around it, the moments that have made the institution, and how its research continues to contribute to the way that we design, model, build and govern human spaces. 2019 marks 100 years since Sir Herbert Henry Bartlett, a civil engineer and building contractor, consented to the department being renamed in his honour at UCL after he founded chairs in the School of Architecture and the School of Planning.

Investment for BDP

BDP has made a strategic investment in Toronto-based Quadrangle, a Canadian architecture and interior design practice. The partnership will create a platform for continued international growth in key markets and sectors across Canada and North America. BDP is the world’s 30th largest practice with 378 architects according to BD’s World Architecture 100 league table. Quadrangle is 94th with 110 architects.



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