David Mellor's Design, Craft and Technology

David Mellor's Design, Craft and Technology

Design, Craft and Technology: The Many Talents of the Late David Mellor

Design, Craft and Technology: The Many Talents of the Late David Mellor

The late silversmith and designer David Mellor is well known for the collaborative design of the Round Building - the unique, purpose-built factory which he created to house the manufacturing of his self-designed cutlery and knife sets, in Hathersage, Derbyshire - although an equally notable achievement of his was the redesign of the nation’s traffic light system in the 1960s which is still in use today.

Floating Architecture

Floating Architecture

The Rise of Floating Architecture and Sustainable Building Projects

Floating architecture has become more significant over recent years, due to increasing problems resulting from a shortage of development sites, leading to building in flood-prone regions. Architects have started to embrace the idea of learning how to work with water rather than attempting to fight against it and so we’ve rounded up some stunning examples of these developments.

Five Favourite Flagships: London Edition

Five Favourite Flagships: London Edition

A Roundup of Our Favourite Flagship Stores in London

We recently went on a visit to London to take a look at the very best of retail design and commercial interiors that our capital city has to offer. There was a huge variety of really great innovative stores, but here’s just a few that we loved and why:

BMW Art Cars Since 1975

BMW Art Cars Since 1975

BMW Art Cars Since 1975

‘The BMW Art Cars provide an exciting landmark at the interface where cars, technology, design, art and motor sport meet.’  Maximilian Schöberl, Senior Vice president of Corporate and Governmental Affairs for BMW Group.

Cities of Hope

Cities of Hope

The Cities of Hope Festival Comes to Manchester's Northern Quarter, Home of WDC Creative.

Last week between the 21st-29th May, an art festival by the name of Cities of Hope landed in Manchester. COH, a child of non-profit social justice organisation Vestige, witnessed the gathering of nine leading street artists from around the globe.

David Hockney and The Yosemite Suite

David Hockney and The Yosemite Suite

David Hockney's Latest Exhibition: The Yosemite Suite

Artist David Hockney is showcasing a new series of work at New York’s Pace Gallery this summer, which consists of over 20 works created completely on an iPad. 

A Late Legend

A Late Legend

The Life and Work of the Late Robert Brownjohn - Iconic Graphic Designer

“What is graphic design?”
“I am.”

'Always Be Knolling'

'Always Be Knolling'

The Definition of Knolling and its Place in Design

The term knolling was first coined by Andrew Kromelow, a Janitor who worked at Frank Gehry’s furniture fabrication shop back in 1987. It came about as Gehry was designing chairs for Knoll, a company famous for Florence Knoll’s angular furniture. 

UPLIFTING ARCHITECTURE

UPLIFTING ARCHITECTURE

New Maggie's Centre is Built Around the Concept of Uplifting Architecture

Maggie’s was founded by and named after the late Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of cancer in 1995. Like her husband, architectural writer and critic Charles Jencks, she believed that buildings could have the ability to uplift people. 

'RAINBOW TOWN'

Following a recent trip to Reykjavik we were inspired by the colourful corrugated iron houses, called bárujárnshús. Wide use was made of this cheap metal cladding in reconstructing the city following a devastating fire in 1915. When heavily insulated, this galvanised and corrugated iron over a timber or concrete framework provides a very durable building material in the harsh Icelandic climate. Reykjavik residents are then free to decorate their houses with an array of rich and distinctive colours. From the tallest local vantage point in the tower of Hallgrimskirkja church, the cityscape resembles a rainbow-coloured toy town.

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FOOD ON THE MOVE

2016 sees 50 years since one of the first motorway service station opened on the M1 at Leicester Forest East. The dining experience was premium, with 'The Captain's Table', a Terence Conran designed, silver-service restaurant. It conjured up the glamour of travel at that time, with visual triggers of an ocean liner, panoramic views, waiters in sailor suits, a pianist on a Baby Grand Piano and even an open air balcony. Fast-forward half a century and most UK service stations are sad mash-ups of multiple fast food outlets. 

An exception to this are the motorway services at Tebay run by the Westmoreland family. Opening not long after Leicester in 1972, local farmers John and Barbara Dunning, set up Tebay Services in partnership with local bakers when the new M6 cut through their land in the Lune Gorge in Cumbria. It was the first family-run motorway service station on the UK road network, with a small 30 seat café serving home cooked food.  Nowadays, their environmentally-sound, award-winning services are crafted from local stone and timber, sit comfortably in the surroundings and use locally-sourced produce which continues to support the surrounding community. 

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