Title: Diary and News
Pages: 69, 71
Text: Diary and News
LONDON The Design Centre: special displays during February will include a room setting organised in conjunction with S. Hille and Co Ltd until February 26, and an exhibition of Welsh design from February April 2. The Centre is open on weekdays from 9.30 am-5.30 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 9 pm
Architect's Approach to Architecture, by Philip Dowson, second in series of three lectures, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1, 6 pm, February 1 (admission by ticket only)
Structural Fire Protection, forum meeting, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1, 6 pm, February 9
International Domestic Lighting Exhibition, Alexandra Palace, February 11-26
Architect's Approach to Architecture, by Philip Powell, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1, 6 pm, February 15 (admission by ticket only)
Industrialised Building, by A. W. Cleeve Barr, Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, Adelphi, WC2, 6 pm, February 16 (nonmembers should apply to the secretary for tickets)
International Design and Contract Furnishing Exhibition, Earls Court, February 21-25
International Carpet Linoleum and Floor Covering Fair, Earls Court, February 21-25
SCOTLAND Glasgow, The Scottish Design Centre, 46 West George Street: special displays include room settings by school children and an executive furniture display from February 11-April 9, and a group display of fabrics from February 7-March 5. The Centre is open on weekdays from 10 am-5 pm (special late evenings arranged for parties)
THE PROVINCES Cardiff, Systematic design methods, lecture by S. C. Jones, South Wales Institute of Engineers, Park Place, 6.15 pm, February 2
Crawley, Sussex, What the Ambitious Engineer Should Know About Industrial Design, discussion led by members of the SIA, College of Further Education, 7.30 pm, February 7
Manchester, Sydney Opera House, lecture by G. J. Zunz, College of Science and Technology, 6.45 pm, February 7
Nottingham, The Design of Boats, D I A Forum, Midland Design and Building Centre,
7.30 pm, February 9
Blackpool, International Domestic Textiles Exhibition, Winter Gardens, February 15-17
Manchester, DIA lunchtime lecture, by T. H. C. Worthington, Midland Hotel, 12.15 pm, February 16
OVERSEAS Amsterdam, International Commercial Vehicle Exhibition, February 3-13
Milan, International Toy Fair, February 6-13
Los Angeles, Boat Show, February 18-27
Lausanne, International Exhibition of Tourism and Sports, February 26-March 6
Melbourne, International Trade Fair, March 2-19
LOOKING AHEAD The March issue of DESIGN will be a special issue devoted to hospitals. There will bethree articles covering the main areas of a hospital: outpatient and casualty department, ward planning and equipment, and operating theatres. Other articles discuss the roles of the purchasing officer and of the medical profession itself in the design of hospital equipment.
COMPETITIONS Diamonds Entries for the De Beers 1966 Design Competition for the Diamond Engagement Ring should be submitted by March 7. The competition is divided into four categories: rings up to £50 in value, between £50-£150, over £150, and a special category for diamond solitaires. Competitors are asked to submit finished rings only, and the materials used should be precious metals and diamonds. In each category, prizes of £100, £50 and £25 will be awarded. The competition is open to any individual or firm resident in Britain. Details are available from J. P. Pudney, De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. 40 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1.
Craftsmanship The Goldsmiths', Silversmiths'and Jewellers' Art Council of London's annual competition, organised in conjunction with the Worshipful Company of
Goldsmiths, is open to anyone working in London and the Home Counties who designs in, or works upon, precious metals, and precious and other gems. The competition is divided into 27 sections: this year a new section, precious jewellery, has been included to cater for all types of jewellery other than diamond mounting (which is included elsewhere). Prize money totalling £60 for seniors and £40 for apprentices will be awarded in each section. The closing date is March 1. Details are available from W. G. Yates, secretary, Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2.
PUBLICATIONS Human sciences The third edition of the Register of Research in the Human Sciences has now been published. The register covers current British research in the social sciences, and related topics in such fields as medicine, engineering, law, architecture, economics, history and geography. The volume, covering the years 196265, contains nearly1,300entries,andforthefirsttime includes information from Northern Ireland. It has been compiled by the Warren Spring Laboratory of the Ministry of Technology, and is available by post from Her Majesty's Stationery Office, PO Box 589, London SET, price £1 18s 7d. It is also on sale at HMSO branches throughout the country or from booksellers, price £1 17s 6d.
For prospective architects The Royal Institute of British Architects has published a booklet giving details of all the schools of architecture in Britain and the Republic of Ireland whose courses and examinations are recognised by the RIBA for exemption from its own examinations. The booklet, Schools of Architecture Recognised by the RIBA, is available price 3s, including postage, from the publications department, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1. The RIBA continued on page 71
has also published a booklet called Becoming an Architect, which describes the best methods of architectural education, and the various stages through which a student must pass before qualification. Copies are available, free of charge, from the RIBA, at the address above.
Design Centre books The ColD and Macdonald and Co (Publishers) Ltd are collaborating in choosing the subjects, authors and designers of a series of Design Centre publications on domestic interior design. The books will be produced and distributed by Macdonald. The first two in the series, Lighting and Kitchens, have now been published. Lighting has been written by Derek Phillips, architect, lighting consultant and journalist, who has dealt with the problem of lighting by analysing the various lighting requirements and describing how they can best be achieved. The author of Kitchens is John Prizeman, an architect with wide experience ranging from town planning to domestic interiors, kitchens, furniture and graphic design. In preparing Kitchens, Mr Prizeman has analysed the precise needs of cooks and families, and provided many ideas for well equipped kitchens. Lighting and Kitchens are available, price 7s. 6d (postage 9d extra) from the circulation manager, ColD, 28 Haymarket, London SW1. Copies will also be on sale at The Design Centre.
Catalogue for contract buyers Copies of the Col D's Contract Catalogue from Design Index 1966/67are now available. The catalogue contains items suitable for contract use chosen by 46 manufacturers whose products are included in 'Design Index'. Each item is illustrated photographically, and details such as size, materials, date of first production, and the name and address of the manufacturer are ~ given. More than 200 pages are devoted to | furniture, and the remaining 60 pages deal with sanitary ware and related fittings. The aim of the catalogue is to assist people engaged in the furnishing of public and commercial premises. Copies are available, price £1 1s, including postage, from Z the circulation manager, ColD.
FILMS For hire A. B. Pathe, in collaboration with the ColD and Cammell Hudson Associates, has produced a film
called Design for Today for the Central Office of Information. The film uses a day in the life of a city to illustrate
British industrial design from a street lamp to an office block. It also includes consumer goods. Design for Today will
be given wide distribution overseas, especially in connection with trade fairs and British Weeks. It has already been
screened in Prague and Bratislava during the recent Exhibitions of Industrial Design. The film is available for hire from
the central film library, COI, Government Building, Bromyard Avenue, Acton, London W3. The charge is £1 as for one
Architecture A list of 42 films on architecture and environment has been published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. The films selected cover architecture, town planning, building, art and sculpture, and they include cartoons suitable for light relief in a programme of serious films. The list does not include technical films on building materials and methods which are made primarily for use within the building industry. The list is available, free of charge, to film societies, universities, professional bodies, etc. from the information services, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1.
MISCELLANEOUS Honouring a historian At the first annual meeting of the new Industrial Design Society of the USA, held in October 1965, the IDSA Award for Distinguished Service to Design was presented to Edgar KauTmann jr. The chairman of the board of directors of IDSA, John Vassos, made the presentation with these words: "To Edgar Kaufmann, design historian, who through his critical observations has elevated and given direction to our profession, and with his involvement by deed has encouraged excellence in design".
Research projects Various departments of the Royal College of Arts are this year undertaking research programmes sponsored by outside bodies, including Government departments and industrial federations.
The Ministry of Labour has provided a grant to enable the college to appoint a research assistant to undertake design studies on safety in machinery design. Anthony Smalihorn has been appointed as the research assistant, and the first machine chosen is a metal cutting guillotine.
The British Iron and Steel Federation has sponsored three design research fellowships. Two of the fellows will work in the RCA's school of industrial design (engineering),andthethird,anappointeeoflmperial College, will do much of his work there. One project is concerned with the use of steel for street furniture. Professor S. R. Sparkes, professor of engineering structures at IC, is collaborating with Professor Misha Black, head of industrial design (engineering) at the RCA, in supervising the project.
Textile fellowship A new design fellowship is to be established at the Scottish Woollen Technical College, Galashiels. It has been sponsored by Reid and Taylor Ltd and will be known as the Scott May Design Fellowship after R. R. Scott May, chairman of the company. The fellowship is worth £350 and will be tenable for one year. It will be awarded for the purpose of a concentrated course of study in the field of men's wear fabric design. The fellow appointed will spend nine months in the design department of the college working on specific design projects and related studies, a month in London to study market requirements, and a month in the design office of Reid and Taylor Ltd. To be eligible for the fellowship, graduates must be of Scottish parentage and have completed the four year associateship course in design at the college.
APPOINTMENTS IN INDUSTRY Who's doing what Self Energising Disc Brakes Ltd has appointed Donald Wright Associates as general design consultant.
On the move Graphics and Industrial Design Ltd has moved to 42 Leicester Square, London WC2. John Harrison and Ronald Wilkinson, graphic designers, have formed a new company, Harrison and Wilkinson Associates Ltd. and have moved to Gable House, 14-16 Turnham Green Terrace, Chiswick, London W4.
ADDENDA Miscellany, 204/69: the interior design work for the new offices for Dunbarton County Council was carried out by Alastair Fletcher and John McNeece of Design Analysis.
Books, 205/54: the price of the ICSID/ UNESCO report The Education of Industrial Designers is $3 or £1 (including postage), not £3 as stated.
Designers and manufacturers lists in this issue appear on page 92