Victoria Nowell's stories
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Mary Thum Associates' new Westminster offices have an air of domesticity about them. Perhaps this is because, prior to taking up residence in its new premises, the practice worked from Mary Thum's own home in Chelsea. This previous accommodation, a studio on the lower ground floor of her Chelsea town house, was designed by the practice as a showpiece for clients and provided promotional opportunities, to such an extent that it soon outgrew it. 'We have more space now, but I have a little ...
HMV strikes right noteSubscription
Greig and Stephenson's new HMV record store opposite Bond Street Underground Station occupies one of the most sought after and expensive sites on Europe's busiest shopping street. It is estimated that 80 per cent of tourists coming to London will visit Oxford Street during their stay, many of whom will arrive at their goal via Bond Street Underground Station and emerge opposite the new store.
It comes around quicker than Christmas every year and is almost as exciting. Yes, 100% Design is virtually upon us, that time of year when the design world comes together like one big cosy family for four days of mixing, mingling and merrymaking. This year's show is 30 per cent bigger than last year's, and sees newcomers like MDF, Flexform and the Liverpool and Manchester Design Initiative.
Founders of the Red or Dead fashion label, Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway, have a challenge for Wimpey, Barratt et al.They believe that the mass housing market builders insult the general public by offering a backward-looking product at a price which could
Wimbledon Girl Guides by Hugh BroughtonSubscription
The efforts of a branch of the Guides in Wimbledon have paid off with an award-winning building in which Hugh Broughton’s own recommendations for reducing lifespan costs have been applied
Adding a splash of colourSubscription
Media makeovers don’t come much brighter than Hugh Broughton Architects’ refurbishment of Channel 5’s atrium. It is a chameleon space, intimate and colourful at night but cool, white and spacious during the day
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Dropp is one of two new designs in Howe's corporate collection.
Chandelier specialist Dernier and Hamlyn has been manufacturing light fittings since 1888. In that time the company has built up an impressive portfolio of projects including schemes at the House of Commons and various Royal Palaces. The chandelier for the Aurora restaurant project at the Great Eastern Hotel by the Manser Practice and Conran and Partners is a collaboration with ceramicist Jo Whiting.