The Shard

July 5, 2012

Today sees the inauguration of a new towering addition to the London skyline – The Shard. The impressive structure, designed by Renzo Piano is not only the highest point in the City of London, it also stands as the tallest building in Europe.

Possible it does also stand as a symbol of corporate arrogance, or maybe it’s a genuine trophy of the success of the City. One thing is for sure – The Shard is now well and truly on the map.

SID LEE does retail space

November 22, 2011
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Although it’s been up and running for a while now, I do love a lot of the ideas SID LEE came up with for the retail space of Videotron’s flagship store in Montréal.

Creating a retail experience that’s part physical part digital, perfectly bridges the gap between the two environments, fuses the advantages of both worlds, and certainly brings the customer a new and immersive experience.

SID LEE say that their main objective was to [arouse] the interest of potential customers through the use of new, dynamic channels designed to immerse customers in Videotron’s products.

It certainly looks an interesting environment to wonder through. The touchscreen technology – although in themselves are nothing ground-breaking – really do work for the brand, it’s interesting to see how a much ‘conceptualised’ technology, is being put to use within a real retail environment.

How far we’ve come with the union of the digital and the physical. I’m already thinking how this type experience could be enhanced by the customer being able to ‘carry’ their digital profile with them throughout the different retail zones, and maybe even throughout different retail stores.

The future of the high street is looking interesting again!

A lesson in ergonomic and visual harmony

March 12, 2010

CKR sofa

CLAESSON KOIVISTO RUNE is a multi-disciplinary architectural and design firm based in Stockholm.

They’ve created some stunning work over the years – check out their site. This piece – LUNA, just made me stop and wonder, what would that be like? They say on their site – Is it a piece of furniture? Is it a small house? Is it an upholstered playground for grown-ups? I’m imagining is a little of all three! But mainly, like all their works, I think it’s an aesthetically stunning, exploration into ergonomic and visual harmony.

On their site they talk about the only things that are important to them are to develop, improve and never repeat. This ethos perfectly matches their creative output, having designed an extraordinary range of experiences, from buildings and interiors to amazing tea light holders and USB flash drives.

If great design is the discovery of beauty in form and function CKR are masters.

Are you looking at the future?

December 3, 2009


The Royal Institute of British Architects has been awarding the President’s Medals since the 1850s and the awards were established in their current format in 1984. This year’s winner is Nicholas Szczepaniak of University of Westminster London UK.

Nicholas states that his thesis is intended to expose unexpected readings of the built environment in the future if we don’t take more drastic steps to deal with climate change. Set in the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, the project envisages a set of militarised coastal defence towers that perform multiple functions: (more…)

Walk towards the light

November 13, 2009


Heatherwick Stuido has won the competition to design the UK Pavilion for the Shanghai 2010 Expo. The event, which will run from May to October 2010, is set to be the largest ever. Two hundred countries will be taking part and with over 70 million visitors expected.

Sustainability in stadia

October 13, 2009


This is the competition-winning design for the main stadium for the 17th Asian games in Incheon, in South Korea. The idea from the architects Heerim Architects and Planners is to create a stadium that will hold 70,000 people for the main event in 2014 and will reduce down to a single sided grandstand for 30,000 afterward as a People’s Park for the city of Incheon. A genuinely sustainable structure that looks great and will live on with the memories of the games. Fantastic.


Spend a penny in style

September 28, 2009


Formo Design have created a concept for those times when you just gotta go, and if you gotta go is there a better place?

by____ Gavin Johnson