Category Archives: Retail and Leisure Interiors

Celebrating at Saatchi

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Megan

Ten days on from the inaugural World Interiors News Annual Awards ceremony and dinner the winning designers are still basking in the glory of their successes. London’s Saatchi Gallery played host to the most distinguished figures in architecture and interior design, treating the attendees to an opportunity to view the latest exhibition entitled “Body Language” which explores the physicalities of human beings through photography, sculpture and painting.

Escaping the cold November night outside, over 300 guests from across the globe retreated into the gallery’s warmth for a cocktail reception, a 3-course meal and some all-important networking opportunities. Amongst the many well-known faces was judge and interior design guru Sir Terence Conran, who has been a keen supporter of the awards programme.

As petit-fours and coffee were served, the awards ceremony began with a speech from Annalisa Hammond, Editor of World Interiors News, welcoming the guests and introducing Art historian and BBC Culture Show host Andrew Graham-Dixon who proceeded to present the awards for the winning designs.

Whilst the shortlisted entries from each category were announced and the winners collected their trophies on stage, guests from all areas of architecture and interior design were reminded of the designs which have helped shape the material and cultural landscape over the past year.

When the ceremony came to a close, the elated winners and shortlisted designers were photographed with their trophies and certificates, and the champagne flowed as celebrations began.

After overwhelmingly positive feedback about the event, Annalisa Hammond reflects that “the intimacy and originality of the venue appealed to our sponsors and guests, many of whom have already enquired about next year’s event!”

With the 2014 Awards due to open in early January, it promises to be another exciting year ahead for World Interiors News.

ASB GlassFloor brings cutting edge technology to TV sport

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Megan

Interactive sports presentation on the ASB GlassFloor at the BT sport television production facilities in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

The German producer ASB GlassFloor, located close to Traunstein in Bavaria, is capturing the English market with its interactive sports floor of the future. The illuminated LED marking lines and changing sports fields add a fresh new look to the sports broadcasting of BT Sport in England.

The new TV Channel BT Sport owns the exclusive rights for Rugby, 38 Premier League matches, the German Bundesliga, the WTA Tennis tour, the Moto GP and cover many other international events and sports, paving new paths for interactive presentation.

The studio designers chose the ASB GlassFloor in order to offer a modern and revolutionary presentation for their most important sports. On the 400 sq m sports floor 10 different sports scenarios can be shown at the push of a button: rugby (3 different options), football (3 different options), tennis, volleyball, handball/netball and a square to display a league table. The presenter or director then simply selects the required lines on a touch screen, to show the lines for the interview.

A penalty shoot can be done within true dimensions and situations on the field can be replayed live on the glass floor 1:1; this way the presenter and the guests can judge and explain actions and situations much better to the watching audience. LED marking lines are installed under the elastic ASB GlassFloor and are designed to shine precisely whenever the presenter wants them.

Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operating Officer BT Sport states: “What ASB has designed and installed for us is a cutting edge floor which is the cornerstone of our new state-of-the-art production facilities. The floor not only looks fantastic on television but also enables BT Sport to build programmes around observation and analysis bringing its audiences closer to the personalities and skills of the many sports that we will be covering. The floor was designed and installed in record time and there was a great spirit of collaboration and can do from ASB.”

More than 700 metres of marking lines show the required sports under the floor. Horst and Christof Babinsky, the Managing Directors of ASB GlassFloor, say: “The ASB GlassFloor will change the field of sports and events worldwide.”

ASB GlassFloor and its multi-functionality is now taking hold of other markets including spas, hotels, patios and other interior design projects. The colour changing aspects and the ability to install a LED logo under a lit floor hold appeal to a number of projects. The product is low maintenance and takes the wear and tear of footfall very well due to the high quality finish and installation. 

 

Festive pattern lights up Design Museum

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Megan

With Christmas just around the corner, we celebrate festive design this week. MARY KATRANTZOU has produced a sparkling tree for the DESIGN MUSEUM on London’s Shad Thames bank of the river.

The highly acclaimed fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has designed a tree that incorporates patterns from her Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection, which was inspired by everyday objects. It will be a 2D design on the museum’s outer wall.

Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection included collaboration with Swarovski and Lesage to create masterful embroideries elevating the mundane to the sublime, as part of the Swarovski Collective. Measuring 3 metres in height the tree will combine Katrantzou’s trademark bold patterns with Christmas sparkle to create this inventive take on a Christmas tree.

‘The print was inspired by formal gardens and artful box parterres, these were layered and overlaid to create an intricate maze-like print reminiscent of a hand embroidered lace motif.’ Said Mary Katrantzou.

The collaboration marks the exciting rise of Mary Katrantzou as one of the foremost fashion designers in the world. British Fashion Award for Emerging Talent and her 2011 Autumn/Winter Collection was nominated in this year’s Design Museum Designs of the Year awards. Past collaborations include a Longchamp bag line, Swarovski jewellery and a denim range with Current Elliot. Mary Katrantzou’s Christmas tree is on display at Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD until the 9th January 2013.

Turning to other design news, we have received many entries into our Retail and Leisure Interiors Award this week. From a Canadian hotel to a minimal Norwegian concept restaurant, projects have been entered from around the world. For all the latest just click here.

There’s still time to enter if you have a project of your own to submit. Submission guidelines and how to enter can be found here.

Season’s greetings from the World Interiors News team.

Happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!

Sarah