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The FX Shortlist 2015!

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Product of the Year

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Bloc Blinds: Fabric Changer Roller Blind
Boss Design: Coza
Colebrook Bosson Saunders: Cubert
Cycloc: Hero
Diego Grandi for Zucchetti: Closer from Zuccetti
Green&Blue: Bee Brick
Humanscale: Ballo
Humanscale: Trea
Shelan: Geberit AquaClean Mera
studio mk27: Dr Bathtub
Yellow Design / DURABLE: Luctra Table Pro

Bar or Restaurant

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Afroditkrassa: Suvlaki
Design System: Silver Room
Dialogue 38: Kwan Dim Sum + Chinese Cuisine
Dialogue 38: Kinton Ramen + Yakatori Kintori
El Equipo Creativo: Disfrutar Restaurant
Exclaim United Corp: R&D Cocktail Lab
PAL Design Consultants: Urban Commune
Philip Watts Design: Georges Fish & Chip Restaurant
SHH: Pennethorne's Café Bar
Steve Leung Designers: Yuan at Atlantis The Palm
Travis Walton Architecture: Bossman


In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Bradley Smart: RIP Sir Christopher Lee
Chris Eckersley: The Pazzi Chapel 1, Santa Croce, Florence
Chris Eckersley: The Pazzi Chapel 2, Santa Croce, Florence
Chris Eckersley: The Pazzi Chapel 3, Santa Croce, Florence
Luke Hawker: St Pauls Cathedral, London
Studio Ellessi: Rokin Amsterdam

Global Project

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

BECK Interiors: Rosewood London
Dumas Interior Design Group: Lily - impressionist
Elena Galli Giallini and Spawton Architecture: Sino Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu
Foster + Partners: Yacht Club de Monaco
Ganna Design: At Will
Hassell: Medibank Workplace
HLW International: Atlas Holdings
SCOB Architecture and Landscape: One Ocean Port Vell Barcelona
Stantec Architecture: Canada House - Canadian Embassy Renovation/Retrofit
Sun-Life Interior Design: A Scence of Woods


In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Design Systems: TUVE
Design Agency: Generator Paris
Harmony World Consultant & Design: Yangzhou Heritage Hotel and Resort
Hilton Worldwide: Hilton Paris Opera
Mecanoo: Hotel The Place, Tainan, Taiwan
noa*: Ulrichshof
PAL Design Consultants: dusitD2 Hotel Constance Pasadena
Rockwell Group: The New York Edition
Rockwell Group: Virgin Hotels Chicago
Tangerine: Snoozebox, The Portable Hotel
Villeroy & Boch AG: Faralda NDSM Crane Hotel
Yabu Pushelberg: The Miami Beach Edition

Leisure or Entertainment Venue

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Bisset Adams: French Institute Library
Chains Interior: Forest Salon
Daguan Design Association: Modern Zen
Harmony World Consultant & Design: Oriental Bay Club
One Plus Partnership: Exploded Cinema
One Plus Partnership: Stop Motion Cinema
One Plus Partnership: Coastal Cinema
Pal Design Consultants: Mandarin Palace Clubhouse
Studio C102: 1Rebel

Lighting Design

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

BDP: Lighting the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015
Cinimod Studio: McLaren Thought Leadership Centre
Dialogue 38: Kwan Dim Sum+Chinese Cuisine
Into Lighting: Quaglino's
Into Lighting: Roka Aldwych
Kate and Sam Lighting Designers: Wacaca Cardiff
Lichtvision: Fashion Gallery
Paul Nulty Lighting Design Spring Restaurant
Speirs + Major: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Speirs + Major: Halflife, Kings Cross Pedestrian Tunnel
Speirs + Major: Maggie's Centre
Tyson Lighting Design: Tattu Restaurant and Bar

Lighting Product

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

Atrium: Tracking Magnet
Coelux srl: CoeLux 45HC
EcoSense: TROV LED Platform
Fern-Howard: EdgeLED A1
iGuzzini: Trick
Louis Poulsen: NJP Table
PhotonStar LED: LuxLoop Sunpipe
Soraa: Soraa Optical Light Engine
tzelan: Ongo
Zumtobel Lighting: Linetik

Mixed Use Development including Category A Refurbishment

In alphabetical order by company name

Company: Product

33 Interiors: St Dunstan's House & Residents Lounge
Akuma Design: Songshan Cultural and Creative Park Park Café & Souvenir Shop
BDG architecture+design: Cannington Court for EDF
Chris Stewart Group: Advocate's Close, Edinburgh
Deborah Berke Partners: 21c Museum Hotel Durham
The Manser Practice Architects + Designers: Spring Mews
Tigg Coll Architects: Prodigy Spitalfields

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FX calls for One to Watch applicants

FX is accepting applications for the next cohort of One to Watch, to feature in FX throughout 2016. The feature, which runs in every issue and published monthly, offers a full page editorial for 'young businesses', which are making headway in the design industry. FX assistant editor Emily Martin, who writes the feature, says she is keen to hear from companies, which are approximately three to five years old, and are undertaking projects and commissions in the disciplines of furniture design; lighting design; interior design and architecture; textile design and surface design.

'It's a great publicity platform for young business, which are taking the first anxious steps into the industry,' says Martin with FX previous One to Watch's including Christopher Jenner, MARK and Plant & Moss. 'I'd be delighted to hear from individuals who'd like to be considered for feature.'

Applicants should in the first instance send an email to with 'OTW Att Emily Martin' in the subject line, to express their interest, and include a brief company description and website link.

Emails should be received no later than 31 July 2015.

Main image: Harvey & John feature as the July edition of FX's One to Watch.

Photo credit: Popup Photo Parlour


Blueprint Awards judges: Lyndon Neri

Lyndon Neri founded Shanghai-based Neri&Hu with his partner Rosanna Hu and they have now also opened an office in the London. The multi-award winning practice is at the cutting-edge of new Chinese design and has a raft of cultural, hotel, retail, leisure and domestic projects to its name from the voyeuristic Waterfront Hotel in its native Shanghai, to Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social restaurant in its new adopted home, London, where Neri&Hu is also in the process of converting the former Bow Street Magistrates Court into a luxury hotel.

The deadline of June 30, 2015, is fast approaching so start collating your entry now. Find everything you need to know about entering at the Blueprint Awards website.


FX Awards 2015 open for entries!

The prestigious FX Awards invite both British and international design talent from all over the world to enter the very best of interior products and projects. Organised by FX magazine, these coveted awards, and the grand, glamorous black tie ceremony, which celebrates them at the Grosvenor Hotel in London, are the highlights of the design industry calendar, just before Christmas.

Each year a different panel of committed judges (up to 20) are invited to judge your submissions. Make no mistake - these awards are serious, but the event also allows for a brilliant evening, facilitating great business opportunities in seven hours of free networking and partying, both before and after dinner.

Winners are presented with a fabulous Corian trophy and finalists with a certificate, and all receive extensive publicity from us. Our 2015 panel is waiting to receive your entry, but you must get it in by Friday 24 July 2015 ...Good luck!

Closing date for entries: Friday 24 July 2015

Awards night: Wednesday 25 November 2015

For more information and to enter, go to:


Video: Robert Angell on the design process behind three of his interiors

Odds are you've seen the work of Robert Angell, even if you haven't realised it at the time.

The lavish teal-blue furnishings and ornate brass fittings of Kaspar's at the Savoy, the glamorous horsehair paneling, vaulted ceilings and marble mosaic floors of Piccolino Cicchetti or the clock at Tredwell's, made from dozens of bone-handled knives.

Angell says regardless of the project, the objective is always to exceed expectations.

We visited the designer at his London studio to explore the inspiration and design process behind three of his most prominent projects.


Paul Priestman on Future-Proofing Transport Design

Words by Paul Priestman.

Transport design is about more than functionality. In a world increasingly aware of the importance of sustainable practices, design must embrace two key principles: the need for longevity and to promote a change in behaviour.

These principles are at the heart of PriestmanGoode's philosophy and underpin our specialised work in transport design, be it trains, aircraft or entirely new transport infrastructure concepts. Our primary concern is to create transport systems that will stand the test of time - decades, not years - and as far as possible are proofed against the perceived challenges of the future. I believe, we've got to 'get the grit out of the system' and make what we've got work better through design and technology.

Immense challenges are on the horizon. In 1900, 10 per cent of the world's population lived in cities. In 2007, the number had reached 50 percent. By 2030, 60 per cent of us will be city dwellers, growing to 75 per cent by 2050. Enlightened city leaders are actively exploring how to tackle these challenges and create the infrastructure necessary to stay competitive in the decades to come.

Take London, for example, where the population is forecast to reach 10 million by 2030. We've been helping the London Underground to respond to growing demand through a new train design that will improve both the capacity of the network and the commuter experience. As through-trains, they are free of doored divisions, offering more occupiable space. Exterior doors will be double-doors, aiding faster boarding and alighting. As the trains age, the internal modular system will allow components to be replaced with ease if damaged or to be updated. These smart design features will ensure each train will live a long life and continue to be an attractive transport solution.

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Designing a central transport system that works more effectively is only one half of the task. In countries worldwide, major cities are disconnected from each other as well as regional hubs, making rail ineffectual for long distance. The introduction of high speed services is vastly improving this situation, however journeys are still disrupted by the need to alight at an interchange station in order to board an onward service. Our team has been working on a concept for fast trains capable of connecting while in motion in order to allow passengers to transfer between them - we call this concept 'Moving Platforms'. By reducing journey time, rail will become an efficient alternative to travel by car or plane.

Air travel will undoubtedly increase in the future, as will fuel prices, necessitating the need for designs that improve efficiency. Many airlines are exploring lightweight materials, components that can be easily replaced if an aircraft is rebranded as well as the use of electric vehicles to taxi an aircraft to the runway, thereby delaying the need to start the plane's engines and burn precious fuel.

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What is difficult to predict, but certain to change, is the use of personal vehicles. Encouraging people out of their cars is a critical challenge for the future, but the leap does not need to be as drastic as abandoning the car altogether. Electrification is already transforming the consumer market and helping to decarbonise our towns and cities. This theme is front and centre of the DHL Blue Sky Transport Design competition, which I am judging.

Undeniably, we are designing in challenging and changing times - and if we think about mass transportation solutions we must remember our role in developing sustainable solutions. As Pedro Gustavo, Mayor of Bogata, summed up: 'a developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's a place where the rich use public transportation.'

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About the author
Paul Priestman is the co-founding director of PriestmanGoode, a design consultancy specialising in the transport sector. He has built a reputation for his award-winning future concepts and has been voted one of London's 1000 most influential people by the Evening Standard. Paul is chair of judges at the Submissions for the DHL Blue Sky Transportation Design Award. The competition is open until April 27, 2015, with the designs to be evaluated based on criteria including their originality, functionality, aesthetics, commercial feasibility and potential to solve the problems they are intended to address. A shortlist of five designers will then be invited to the FIA Formula E Championship race in Berlin, Germany on May 30, 2015, to present their concepts to the jury. The winning design will then be announced to coincide with the final Formula E race in London 2015.


Dispatches from Design Lighting Tokyo (part two)

Looking around the exhibits today, I noticed that the two LED/OLED lighting expos accompanying Design Tokyo lighting, to make up the event umbrella title Lighting Japan 2015, take up a much larger proportion of the event space. Hundreds of LED products and machinery flash, whizz and hum as big-name manufacturers from Japan, China, South Korea and Taiwan rent big stands, using TV screens, flashy graphics and girls wearing white mini-skirts to attract men in suits to come and talk to them about manufacturing solutions (it's worth mentioning that the male to female ratio in attendance was particularly weighted towards the former).

A much smaller portion of space is dedicated to showcasing how this technology can be applied to products, with exhibitors for the Design Tokyo Lighting event made up of small businesses based in Japan, Asia and Europe. The number of lighting products on display feature intricate design detailing, craftwork and lighting design innovation to offer a healthy contrast to the more 'technical' side of the event. But Design Lighting Tokyo is only a young exhibition, whereas the LED/OLED exhibits have been running for several years, the 'design side' is only in its third with event organiser Reed Exhibitions Japan, keen to expand it over the following years.

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Lunatica,' being exhibited at Design Lighting Tokyo by Italian design company Ciappesoni

'It started out as a LED lighting technology exhibition with a number of fixture companies exhibiting,' Hajime Suzuki tells me, Reed Exhibition Japan's director and group vice president, when I caught up with him to talk about the event's intentions and aims. 'The next step was to also grow the show and create more variety for visitors, but it seemed that the fixture companies wanted to sell to the architects and designers. So the best way is, if we have more lighting design then it's going to be easier for the designers and architects to come to the event.'

Well that was the thinking and, according to Suzuki, it's working. However having lighting fixture companies at the event is also appealing to the A+D communities, something he didn't expect would happen. 'I thought the designers and architects would just look for the design products when attending the event,' explains Suzuki. 'But what they say is since they can see lighting design, lighting fixture and also lighting technology all at once it creates a very unique event for them.'


With the lighting fixture part of the show focussing as being an 'Asian event,' with production manly centred in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea and China, Suzuki says that the lighting design need to expand to attract a more global presence: 'lighting design, I think, is the most advance market is in Europe. So we are trying to attract more European and US designers to create a more international event, but to also add more value to the Asian market.'

Suzuki intends to visit European lighting exhibition throughout 2015, to target directly future exhibitors and A+D visitors of Design Lighting Tokyo event for 2016 and beyond. While this year may be small in comparison to some of the bigger design events we see in Europe, US and Middle East the signs of what is yet to come for the event is present with in the form of a handful of Italian lighting design companies exhibiting at the event - and of course FX.

Image caption: 'Lunatica,' being exhibited at Design Lighting Tokyo by Italian design company Ciappesoni



Dispatches from Design Lighting Tokyo (part one)

Words and photos by Emily Martin

A year in the planning, a 12-hour flight and a nine-hour time difference I am finally here in Tokyo to attend the Design Lighting Tokyo exhibition, an exhibition exploring the latest trends in lighting design in Japan and Asia. And I'll admit the jet lag is challenging, but considering the sun went down two hours after an 11.30am take-off from Heathrow I prepared myself for a long, dark and sleepless 'night,' which turned out to be favourable. While flying somewhere north of Russia, amid the silent slumber of pretty much all passengers, a few fellow non-sleepers of the flight became an exclusive audience to a spectacular light show as part of our unscheduled in-flight entertainment - the northern lights. A suitable proceeding display to the main exhibition, I'm sure you'll agree.


Located at Tokyo Big Sight, a grand 230,873015 sq m exhibition venue, 16,000 expected visitors will attend the LED/OLED Light Expo, LED/OLED Lighting Technology Expo and Design Lighting Tokyo 2015 events during its three-day's, which totals 280 exhibitors. Day one was marked by the 'opening ribbon-cutting ceremony,' with dignitaries from companies including Philips, NEC Lighting and Everlight present to officially open the event.

As crowds poured into the many halls, the day's keynote speakers included Jeffery Cassis, senior vice president, GM Global Systems PLS for Philips Lighting, delivering a talk entitled 'delivering the promise and potential of digital light.' The evening finished off with a 'VIP reception party,' which took place at the nearby Conference Tower as, what organisers Reed Exhibitions Japan say, 'a prime opportunity to build network ad exchange information with industry executives in a friendly atmosphere.'

An exhausting day, tomorrow will be my change to talk to the exhibitors with (hopefully) subsiding crowds!



This year’s ICEHOTEL – in pictures

Main Picture: ART SUITE: 7 , 5 ° Rø by Wolfgang-A. Lüchow, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, Anja Kilian. Photo Paulina Holmgren

Spending the night in a bedroom made entirely of ice is, clearly, not for everyone. But a stay in the Ice Hotel (more info) is, literally, a once in a lifetime experience. Each year, the hotel is built from scratch using blocks of ice cut from the Torne River, and, when the season comes to an end, it is allowed to melt - so that even if you stayed in the Ice Hotel every year, you'd never actually stay in the same hotel twice.

There are now may ice hotels built each year across Europe, but this one in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. is the original. This year marks the ICEHOTEL's 25 incarnation, and its makers have gone all out commissioning what must be some of the most beautiful and breathtaking ice sculpture and ice architecture ever seen.

Everything - except a few meagre but nevertheless luxurious bedclothes - is made of ice, including the beds: in some rooms, ethereal animals watch over you while you sleep, while in others, ornate furniture and candelabras have been intricately sculpted from ice.

Those who write this off as a tourist gimmick, may be surprised to learn that ICEHOTEL has, over the year's come to be respected as a transient work of art: the rooms and communal areas of the hotel are packed with ice sculptures - as well as being ice sculptures in themselves. These are created by artists and the money earned from guests helps fund the construction and pay the artists.

This year's hotel features an ice chapel, by David Andren, Johan Andren and Tjasa Gusfors


Photo: Paulina Holmgren


Photo: Paulina Holmgren


ART SUITE: Hot Type in a Cold Setting by John Bark & Charli Kasselbäck. Photo: Paulina Holmgren


Photo: Paulina Holmgren


ART SUITE: Borderland by Tomasz Cjazkowski & Eryk Marks. Photo: Paulina Holmgren


Photo: Paulina Holmgren


Photo: Paulina Holmgren


Photo: Paulina Holmgren

Photo: Paulina Holmgren

ART SUITE: Borderland by Tomasz Cjazkowski & Eryk Marks. Photo: Paulina Holmgren

Photo: Paulina Holmgren

ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL Jukkasjärvi. Boom by Wouter Biegelaar, Viktor Tsarski & Maurizio Perron. Photo: Paulina Holmgren



Frank Verity-designed art deco cinema converted into hotel

The golden age of the cinema - the 1930s - was also, coincidentally, a golden age in architecture, so it's not surprising that so many of our cinemas were built in the art deco style. Nowadays, the way we watch films has changed, and many of these palaces of Saturday night entertainment - huge, grand and luxurious as they were - have slid into sad dereliction, their charming original features long sold off (I have to admit here that my own living room door once swung open and shut for the clientele of the Odeon in London's Holloway Road).

Some of the more lucky ones have been given new lives, as apartment complexes offices or hotels, but it takes care and sensitivity to preserve the true charm of a deco cinema in a new incarnation.

Thankfully, that care and attention is not lacking in the painstaking transformation of the derelict Shepherds Bush Pavilion into a hotel of the same name for Dorsett / Kosmopolitan Hotels and designed by architect Flanagan Lawrence.

The building was originally designed by Frank Verity who produced some of the most ornate public buildings in London during the early 20th century.

Seating 2,800, it was the largest cinema in Britain in its day and won the RIBA Bronze medal in 1923.

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The atrium and bar. Photo: Anthony Weller

From the architects:

Heavily damaged during World War II, the building was poorly repaired, subsequently converted to a Bingo Hall in 1983 and closed its doors for good in 2001, remaining disused for much of the next decade. In 2009 planning permission was granted for conversion into a four-star, 320-room hotel with conference facilities, café, restaurant, bar, retail spaces and a roof-top spa.

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Dorsett Hotel lobby view. Photo: Nick Guttridge

Drawing on the influence of Art Deco cinema design, the foyer and atrium spaces employ simple curved surfaces in alternating bands of black and gold. The internally illuminated spandrel panels also minimise sound reverberation. At ground floor level, dark- stained, ribbed timber panelling and heavy curtains serve a similar purpose.

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Photo: Nick Guttridge

The honey-coloured limestone floor is inlaid with brass, in two simple decorative elements. In the main reception, brass strips form a series of concentric circles at the centre of the space, which are reflected in a ceiling coffer above, while in the atrium, the bands define the circulation route from the reception through to the atrium bar. The primary façades have been retained with modifications to bring natural light into the rooms behind. The building features a new glazed roof which follows the curved profile of the original, bringing daylight into the upper floors of the building.

Photo: Nick Guttridge

Photo: Nick Guttridge

Dorsett Hotel exterior - dusk Anthony Weller Med Res

Photo: Anthony Weller

Dorsett Hotel facade detail Photo: Nick Guttridge

Photo: Nick Guttridge


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