Dome gossip was much in evidence at the Museum of London party given to launch Conran & Partners' new identity (new name - they used to be cd Partnership). First item of interest was that foxes have got into the great structure, providing an intriguing possibility of the Blackheath Hunt (if it exists) being called in to sort it all out. Best story, however, concerns one zone designer desperate to finish detailed work with only weeks to go before the job must be complete. He discovered two of his staff fiddling about with a complex design for a simple wall. 'What's that supposed to be?' he inquired. 'It's glass.' 'Why aren't you doing it in mdf?' 'We were interested in transparency.' 'Well do it in mdf and cut a ******* hole in it!' Good, bad, ugly
I wonder if my old friend Richard MacCormac will ever find happiness in the shady world of commerce. For hardly has he completed his first speculative office building in Crown Place, just north of Broadgate, to almost universal and deserved praise, than he sees the ugly side of speculative capitalism. The developer has remodelled the entrance hall from a subtle composition of planes and volumes to an idiom Richard describes as 'Harrods Furniture Repository.'