West Kensington Design District announces its first LDF programme

The inaugural West Kensington Design District is set to be the must-visit destination of London Design Festival 2018 with an exciting line-up including the newly opened Japan House, Design Museum, V&A Blythe House, 100% Design and more. Returning for its 24th edition, 100% Design will take place from 19-22 September. With new features 100% Forward and 100% Futures, and an …

New Designers 2018

Part One of the New Designers exhibition opens on Wednesday (27th June) this week, with Part Two scheduled for July 4-7. Ahead of the year’s biggest showcase of graduate talent, New Design editor Alistair Welch spoke to the event’s director Chris Hall. The twin New Designers exhibitions held annually at the Business Design Centre in Islington are as much a …

LAYER creates secure digital wallet

Positioned at the intersection of two of the most talked-about technology trends of the moment – cryptocurrency and data security – TROVE is a work of industrial design firmly attached to the zeitgeist. The wearable product, created by experience design agency LAYER, is a digital wallet that works in harmony with an app (developed by the fintech start up Trove) …

Manchester Art Gallery to host exhibition of Nordic Craft and Design

July will see Manchester Art Gallery open a year-long exhibition dedicated to the influential 20th and 21st century design emerging from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. The show will include furniture, fashion, lighting, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and jewellery originating from across Scandinavia from the 1930s to the present day. The work of a number of celebrated Nordic designers, including Alvar …

Deadgood announce launch of first UK showroom

The furniture brand is to open its first showroom – on Old Street in east London – as a permanent home for its ‘products with personality’. Visitors will be able to browse the company’s eclectic collection of British-made designs from a 10-year back catalogue. Products to be launched in the space will include additions to the Scafell Collection by Deadgood …

Breathe easy: award-winning inhaler design by Precipice

The innovative design of an inhaler device – the k-haler – by Precipice has earned the the London-based strategic design consultancy two Platinum A’ Design Awards in the prestigious competition’s ‘Medical Devices’ and ‘Ease of Use and Universal Design’ categories. A panel of more than 200 design professionals, journalists and academics honoured the design, developed for the medical technology partnership Mundipharma, at …

Finalists announced for 2018 Innovation in Plastics competition

Students from universities all around the UK and Ireland have created innovative new products to make gardening easier, as they contest the 2018 Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP) competition. From an original submission of more than 140 entries, six have been selected to contest the final of the competition, which is organised by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining …

Competition for young packaging designers open for submissions

Pro Carton, the European Association of Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers, has teamed up with its UK counterpart, BPIF Cartons, to bring its prestigious Young Designer Award to the UK for the second year running. The competition challenges young designers to create a sustainable, highly functional solution from cartonboard, with the winner set to take home an Apple iPad worth £500. …

Milan 2018: Lasvit scoops major festival award

LASVIT’s Monster Cabaret outshone more than 1,500 exhibitions in the city of design and won the prestigious Milano Design Award. The award in main category rewards the installation that best interprets a contemporary design and a future conceptual vision. The award ceremony took place today at the stage of Teatro Gerolamo. The award was handed over by the founder of …

Milan 2018: Installations & Experiences

Milan is a huge and at times overwhelming event. It’s perhaps no surprise therefore that – in an effort to be recognised above the noise – many brands commission attention grabbing installations in venues throughout the city. However, these works are far more than publicity stunts – they often allow designers the brief (and the budget) to flex those creative …