Mini has turned a former Brooklyn warehouse into a new design centre as part of the car maker’s move to develop its own take on the challenges of the urban environment (owner BMW has been busy in this space for a while with its BMW Guggenheim Lab). A/D/O kicked off proceedings last month with its first programme, Utopia vs. Dystopia: Designing Our Imagined Futures, which aims to investigate the role design plays in a world of rapid change.
German shoe firm Birkenstock is extending its business out of orthopaedic sandals and heading for the bedroom – cue a brand new range of six bed styles.
Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.
Konica Minolta is aiming to shape the office with its new Workplace of the Future portfolio. And what future work clearly need is robotics – so, cue the Double 2 ‘telepresence’ machine which is essentially a two-wheeled balancing robot with an iPad attached. Konica Minolta views Double 2 as the perfect remote-working aide as it gives users “the freedom to move around an office, classroom or hospital – even though they’re not there.”
Where is innovation taking design jobs? For one, think augmented reality designers as AR evolution drives demand for creatives able to deliver intuitive and immersive experiences tailored to a wide spectrum of industries, from flighty entertainment right through to serious healthcare. For two, cue those drone experience designers with an ability to design the entire unmanned flight service experience.
London’s Design Museum is leaving its old Thames-side haunt and is moving across the city to Kensington High Street. The new place will cost a cool £1 million to put together and the institution has come up £200,000 short. So the museum has started raising money in a way that will see members of the public donating £5 a pop to adopt an object. As well as becoming the parent of a piece of design, donors will get a link to a video showing their object being transported to the new location.
UK working space outfit Interchange has opened its flagship building, Atrium, in the Stables Market in London’s Camden. The new site comprises some 600 work stations arranged as hot desking areas and private offices, plus an events space, restaurant, ‘innovation lab’ and cafe, with a gym slated to come onstream later this year. Atrium is Interchange’s third office in its network of Camden co-working locations which aim to attract entrepreneurs, start-ups and creatives.
UK furniture brand Opendesk has launched its Opendesk Express service to ensure that London-based start-ups can get their legs under the company’s digitally-cut, locally produced, hand-built desks specially made for London’s new businesses. Opendesk is promising delivery within two weeks of receiving an order. That easily beats the regular eight-to-12 week leads times prevalent in the market.