The Business January/ February

News and pictures from the design sector

PLP Architecture completes One Bishopsgate Plaza

PLP Architecture’s One Bishopsgate Plaza, located in the City of London, is now complete. The project rejuvenates a key site along Bishopsgate into a dynamic mixed-use urban development, which is organised around a large new public plaza.

The site includes a new 43-storey tower to house a hotel and residential dwellings, along with a refurbished and extended Victorian building lining Devonshire Row that incorporates restaurant, office and retail space.

The Pan Pacific London hotel is located on the tower’s lower floors and offers 237 luxurious guest rooms with interior design by Yabu Pushelberg. Above this, 160 private Sky Residences feature open, flexible layouts and full height glazing, affording dramatic views over the surrounding area. A range of public and private amenities are incorporated across the site, including the subterranean Pacific Ballroom nestled below the plaza, a dedicated Wellbeing Floor, a gymnasium, alongside restaurant and a cocktail bar for guests and residents.

The 144-year-old Devonshire House has been reconsidered and expanded with shops, a restaurant and a cocktail bar – tucked below a dramatic scale-like curved aluminium and glass free-spanning roof.

Lobby revamp for Salesforce Tower

Architecture practice KKS Savills has revamped the Salesforce Tower lobby with a design scheme to complement its impressive and famous aquarium.

The practice worked with fitout company Rainbow to specify items – including a bespoke wave-shaped teal sofa with a plinth and custom designed a single piece wool rug with bespoke artwork – simulating the aquarium theme.

Lobby revamp for Salesforce Tower. Image Credit: TIMOTHY SOAR
Lobby revamp for Salesforce Tower. Image Credit: TIMOTHY SOAR

A range of seating and tables in variations of blue, brown, and white were also chosen to adorn the space and help to create a welcoming and contemporary atmosphere. |

Bisley appoints new creative director

Bisley has appointed Jeanine Goddard as creative director. The role, which is the first of its kind, marks a long-term commitment from Bisley to design and innovation. Goddard takes up her new position after four years as Bisley’s showroom and interior designer, a role in which she oversaw the development of the Bisley aesthetic in the UK and internationally. Having originally trained as a cabinet maker and interior architect, and subsequently worked with leading interior brands including Bulthaup and Herman Miller.

Bisley appoints new creative director
Bisley appoints new creative director

In her new role as Bisley’s creative director, Goddard will work closely with Bisley CEO Richard Costin. The role will lead the creative direction of a new product development team and enable Goddard to continue to diversify Bisley’s product lines and build upon the brand’s design heritage.

NBS and Quiet Mark announce industry- Milestone Partnership

Quiet Mark has announced a new partnership with the National Building Specification (NBS), a leading construction data and specification platform, to empower architects to specify ‘acoustics first’ by providing a short-cut for specifiers to source responsible products. The new partnership aims to support the responsible-sourcing movement and prioritise health and well-being.

Royal Fine Art Commission Trust launches The Building Beauty Awards

The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust has launched a new award scheme to promote beauty in UK buildings and streets, as part of its charitable mission to promote design excellence in the built environment.

The Building Beauty Awards celebrate buildings, engineering structures and urban landscaping schemes that add beauty to our environment. Everyone from architects to members of the public is welcome to submit an entry free of charge. The deadline for entries is the end of March 2022.

Duravit launches White Tulip Interior Design Competition with FX

Following the successful introduction of the latest bathroom series by Philippe Starck, Duravit UK has launched an interior design competition, in partnership with FX Magazine. The competition is open to all UK-based interior designers and runs until 7 January 2022. During this time, Duravit UK invites interior designers to submit a design for a bathroom space, within either a residential or commercial space, which must include the White Tulip series (pictured) for the chance to win products specified up to the value of £15,000 (excluding VAT).

Duravit launches White Tulip Interior Design Competition with FX. Image Credit: ENCO GROUP
Duravit launches White Tulip Interior Design Competition with FX. Image Credit: ENCO GROUP

A panel of design experts, including Philippe Starck, will judge the entrants based on creativity, overall use of the bathroom space and use of product to overcome any design challenges. The winner will be announced in February 2022. Projects must be realised by 30 September 2022 to qualify for the prize. Managing director of Duravit UK, Martin Carroll commented: ‘We are delighted to be launching this exciting competition where interior designers will have the opportunity to present their creativity to one of the world’s most prolific designers – Philippe Starck. It’s very exciting for us to have Philippe Starck join us on the judging panel for what we are sure will be an extremely creative competition’.

Material Source Studio opens

Material Source Studio has opened its doors, offering architects and designers in the North West the opportunity to immerse themselves in ‘beautifully useful’ products and materials.

Material Source Studio opens. Image Credit: TIM AINSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY
Material Source Studio opens. Image Credit: TIM AINSWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Set across two levels, it features a wealth of inspirational exhibits and interactive displays from 35 leading brands operating in the commercial interiors and built environment sectors. It also includes an 80-seat theatre, a CPD area, a book library, seven meeting spaces, a co-working hub and a podcast studio. It alsofeatures an internal garden with a 6m-high tree, spanning both floors.

The 1,393m2 studio is situated in the Grade II listed Hanover Building in NOMA.

Explore the Beauty of Imperfection with IVC Commercial

Inspired by the ancient Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi and acceptance of the imperfect and transient, Imperfection is the new sustainable carpet tile collection designed and made in Belgium by IVC Commercial.

Explore the Beauty of Imperfection with IVC Commercial
Explore the Beauty of Imperfection with IVC Commercial

A response to demanding and complex times, the collection counters the continual pressure to achieve perfection.

Vanessa Van Overmeeren, product director carpet tiles, is responsible for the design of the collection. She said: ‘We exist in a world where there is consistent expectation to achieve perfection in our work. The natural human response to this is to feel stress and pressure, which affect our well-being and mindset. We believe that it’s our role to provide a counterbalance to these negative influences through design, so that stakeholders feel they are in an environment that is both supportive and encouraging.

‘Imperfection is a pure translation of this duty, a design inspired by the ancient Japanese world view that beauty is found in the impermanent and incomplete. It encourages us to embrace mistakes, adopt an accepting mindset and be more accommodating of flaws – it’s a carpet tile for open-minded, collaborative and encouraging places to work.’

The Imperfection carpet tile collection is available in three designs – Grit, Bruut and Rupture. It uses ECONYL yarn, a performance nylon made from fishing nets, ghost nets, old carpets and scraps of fabric.

Aedas-designed ENOC Future Station earns three accolades at the MEED Projects Awards 2021

ENOC Future Station won three awards at the MEED Projects Awards 2021 – MENA Small Project of the Year, Bronze Sustainability Medal, and the National Oil and Gas Project of the Year.

Aedas-designed ENOC Future Station earns three accolades at the MEED Projects Awards 2021. Image Credit: ENCO GROUP
Aedas-designed ENOC Future Station earns three accolades at the MEED Projects Awards 2021. Image Credit: ENCO GROUP

Dubbed ‘the fuel station of the future’ and located at the Dubai Expo 2020 site, the project employs principles from biomimicry.

The service station has also received LEED platinum certification, the world’s first station to achieve this.

Mather & Co appointed as museum designers for the quirky Glencoe Folk Museum

Museum designer Mather & Co is working with Peter Drummond Architects to redevelop Glencoe Folk Museum, located in the Scottish Highlands.

Mather & Co appointed as museum designers for the quirky Glencoe Folk Museum
Mather & Co appointed as museum designers for the quirky Glencoe Folk Museum

Housed in traditional 18th century heather-thatched cottages, the Museum celebrates the rich history and story of Glencoe and its people – housing a collection of some 3,000 artefacts chronicling daily life and work in the area between the 17th–21st centuries.

The redeveloped museum will allow visitors of all ages to experience the story of Glencoe using their senses, through discovery, experimentation, hidden reveals, exploration, and play.

Malissa Geersing, project designer at Mather & Co said: ‘We are excited to get started on this truly inspiring project at Glencoe Folk Museum. The museum will tell the incredible stories of the Glen and its turbulent history, experiences, and daily lives of the local communities’.

The museum redevelopment is expected to be complete in 2023.

Project entries open for Restaurant & Bar Design Awards

The call for project entries for the next edition of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards opened on 3 January.

Judging the 2022 awards are 40 leading names from the worlds of design, architecture, hospitality, lifestyle and media to include Verena Haller (chief design officer at Standard Hotels) and Ben Spriggs (editor in chief of ELLE Decoration UK).

Brands represented in the judging line-up include Condé Nast Traveler, MGM Resorts International, Airbnb, Marriott International, Accor Hotels, Grupo Dani Garcia, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, National Geographic, Merivale, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Resorts World Las Vegas & SH Hotels & Resorts, among others.

Kvadrat opens a new flagship showroom in Los Angeles

Kvadrat’s second showroom in the US has opened. Located in LA’s Arts District, the launch of the showroom marks the latest chapter of the celebrated collaboration between the textile brand and designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, who designed the space.

Erwan Bouroullec said: ‘North America and Europe may have a lot in common, but they also adopt many different approaches when it comes to design. In developing the showroom, we wanted to convey Kvadrat’s design philosophy and culture across the Atlantic. So, we created a space that illuminates Kvadrat’s clear approach to materiality and design – and direct yet understated, distinctively warm culture.’

Kvadrat opens a new flagship showroom in Los Angeles. Image Credit: STUDIO BOUROULLEC
Kvadrat opens a new flagship showroom in Los Angeles. Image Credit: STUDIO BOUROULLEC

The Bouroullecs have created a two-storey wooden construction within the showroom: the raw, over dimensioned beams are crafted from Douglas Fir wood harvested from responsibly managed forests. In front of the wooden structure, a light-filled gallery space welcomes visitors.

The wooden E-shaped house incorporates work zones on its top level and a social area at its centre, with meeting rooms on the ground floor.

Bold textile panels, featuring a unique graphic knitted design created by Erwan Bouroullec with Kvadrat Febrik deck the walls. Materiality, integral to the Kvadrat brand, is centre-stage throughout the space.

Richard Rogers: 1933–2021

Tributes have poured in for architect Richard Rogers, who died on 19 December.

Ivan Harbour, senior partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – the practice that Rogers was a founding partner of – said: ‘Over the subsequent 30-plus years we achieved more than I ever imagined possible, practising together, learning from each other, always looking to the future, always looking to make things better. His absence is very close, but his presence remains with me’.

Architect Norman Foster described Rogers as ‘a great pioneering architect of the modern age’ in his tribute. The two met as students at Yale University in the 1960s with Foster describing Rogers as his ‘oldest and closest friend’ and adding: ‘I will miss you dearly’.

Many architecture practices, organisations and individuals also paid tributes to Rogers, describing his work, which includes the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyds Building in the City of London and the Millennium Dome, as ‘visionary’ and ‘open minded’. Others commented on his ‘kind’ nature and his inspiration.

Virgile and Partners designs new luxury Third Space in London

Virgile and Partners has designed the latest club for Third Space – London’s luxury health club group. Located in Mayfair, the venue covers two floors and hosts five training areas, designed with a contemporary, industrial feel.

Virgile and Partners designs new luxury Third Space in London. Image Credit: STUDIO BOUROULLEC
Virgile and Partners designs new luxury Third Space in London. Image Credit: STUDIO BOUROULLEC

Ewald Damen, creative director and partner at Virgile and Partners, said: ‘We had a clear goal for the design of the Mayfair club – epitomise the energetic health club environment Third Space is known for and elevate it through an upgraded sense of premium hospitality. We selected a design and material palette that merges bold and industrial features, such as the architectural metal staircase and the refined bespoke cast reception desk.

‘The design reflects an outstanding level of attention to detail with its seating areas and dressing rooms materialised in high-end stone, metal finishes and walnut materials, ultimately comprising Third Space’s individual style with the high-end expectations of the Mayfair community.’

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