For the last 10 years Pentagram’s Angus Hyland and Cass Art have worked together to shake up the traditional art materials retailer with a completely different approach to selling and design. Cass Art are now launching their first product range of pads. Their immediate and aspirational styling exemplify Cass Art’s mission to ‘fill this town with artists’.
Harry Pearce and his team have worked with Sk:n, the experts in skin health and beauty, to develop the packaging for their new range. The central approach behind the packaging style is the establishment of the efficacy of this range of beauty products.
The Joy of Fix is the latest video from Do The Green Thing, the environmental inspiration feed that Naresh Ramchandani co-founded and creatively directs. Beautifully animated by Claire Lever and Steven Boot, with photography by Martin Kelly and concept by Olivia Knight, it shows there is an incredibly pleasurable and sustainable alternative to throwing away things that are broken.
Pentagram is extremely proud to have as one of its co-founders Kenneth Grange. One of Britain’s leading product designers—an “unsung hero of everyday design”—Grange created many iconic products that became part of daily life in the UK over the past 50 years. “Making Britain Modern,” the first major retrospective of Grange’s career, opens today at the Design Museum in London and remains on view through October 30.
After establishing his own company, Kenneth Grange Design, in 1958, Grange joined architect Theo Crosby and graphic designers Alan Fletcher, Colin Forbes and Mervyn Kurlansky to form the multi-disciplinary Pentagram in 1972. While at Pentagram, Grange created many of his most ubiquitous designs, including Kenwood kitchen appliances, Kodak cameras, Parker pens, Wilkinson razors, street furniture for Adshel, the high speed InterCity 125 train for British Rail and London’s black cabs. Grange was a partner in Pentagram’s London office until 1998, when he formed his studio where he continues to design for clients including Anglepoise, izé, Hitch Mylius and Margaret Howell. The Design Museum exhibition includes over 150 products, prototypes and drawings, and has been designed by fellow product designers James Irvine and Jasper Morrison.
Congratulations to Kenneth on this landmark exhibition and a half-century of incredible design.
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William Russell and John Rushworth and their teams have collaborated on the branding and store design for Drake’s gentlemen’s outfitters. The store at No. 3 Clifford Street is the first ever Drake’s shop and opened in May this year.
The challenge for this established manufacturer who had previously sold their wares online and wholesale was to create a brand presence in an area containing already well renowned and long established brands.
The latest iteration of fashion designer Margaret Howell’s MHL concept store opened in Osaka, Japan, in May this year. Rolling out this store involved a re-fit of a small shop unit on the second floor of a large mall adjacent to Osaka’s train main station. In the Margaret Howell spirit of good design being about ‘living with thoughtful style,’ William Russell has enlarged the space with natural light, installing a diffuser laminate window at the rear of the store allowing daylight into the fitting room lobby. The store’s storage units and furniture were specially designed and built for the space. The next MHL store opens later this year in Hokkaido with one in London following soon after.
Russell’s previous interior work with the brand includes the design of a MHL concept store in Tokyo and Margaret Howell flagship stores in the Jinnan-Shinbuya District in Tokyo, the Place de la Madeleine in Paris and Fulham Road in London.