Title: Diary and News
Pages: 67, 69
Text: Diary and News
LONDON The Design Centre: special displays include Operation Design, a hospitals exhibition, on the mezzanine Floor from March 9-April 11, and a wallpaper display throughout the month. The Centre is open on weekdays from 9.30 am-5.30 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays until 9 pm
Daily Mail ideal Home Exhibition, Olympia, March 1-26
The Interior Design of Passenger Liners, lecture by Sir Colin Anderson, Royal Society of Arts, John Adam Street, Adelphi, WC2, 6 pm, March 2 (tickets available for non-members from the secretary)
Why I have to Buy Abroad, DIA lunch meeting, Royal Overseas League, Park Place, SW1, 12.30 pm, March 3
Ergonomics and the Orchestra, discussion, ICA Clubroom, 41 Dover Street, W1, 8.15 pm, March 9
Stationery and Office Equipment Trade Fair,
New Horticultural Hall, March 14-17
Vision and Design, exhibition of the work of Roger Fry, Arts Council Gallery, 4 St James's Square, SW1, March 17April 15
International Electrical Engineers Exhibition, Earl's Court, March 23-30
Physics Exhibition, Alexandra Palace, March 28-31
SCOTLAND Glasgow, The Scottish Design Centre, 46 West George Street: displays include a group of Heal's fabrics until March 5, and Young Ideas, three room settings by school children, until April 9. The Centre is open on weekdays from 10 am-5 pm (special late evenings arranged for parties)
Glasgow, Scottish Camping Show, Kelvin Hall, March 4-12
THE PROVINCES Leeds, Engineering Industries Exhibition, Queen's Hall, March 1-3
Melton Mowbray, Industrial Building and
COURSES AND CONFERENCES Industrial design for engineers Two residential courses in industrial design (engineering) have been organised by the ColD. The first is for engineering designers and technicians, and will describe the work of industrial designers. It includes lectures and exercises in ergonomics, aesthetics, colour and styling, and will be held from March 14-18. The second course is for engineering management. It has been devised to suit the technical director or chief engineer who wishes to obtain an understanding of industrial design work, and to introduce and plan such work in an efficient manner. The course will conclude with a design management forum, addressed by members of engineering management who are currently using industrial designers. This will take place from March 21-25. Both courses will be held at the Prince of Wales Hotel, De Vere Gardens, London W8. The inclusive fee for each course is £47 5s. Further details can be obtained from W. H. Mayall, course controller, ColD, 28 Haymarket, London SW1.
Designers' conference A one week conference has been organised by the ColD for designers working in industries concerned with pattern - such as furnishing textiles, wallpaper, pottery, glass and floor coverings. Lectures on modern art, design management, contract buying, and a visit to Pilkington Brothers' new administration building and museum, will be included in the programme. The conference will be held at Owens Park, Fallowfield, Manchester, from March 28-April 1. The fee for the course, which is residential, is £29 as. Full details are available from Michael Kitt, ColD, 28 Haymarket, London SW1.
Exhibition and study group The International Exhibition of Domestic Arts will be held from March 6-21 at the Palais de la Defense, Paris. The first three days, March 6-8, will be reserved for professional members of the industries concerned; two days, March 7-8, will be devoted to discussions and lectures by manufacturers. The subjects include Credit and Domestic
Factory Services Exhibition, PERA Exhibition Hall, March 8-10
Leeds, Business Efficiency Exhibition, March 21-25
Bristol, Modern Home Exhibition, Drill Hall, March 23-April 2
OVERSEAS Hong Kong, British Week, March 3-12
Barcelona, Graphic Arts and Packaging Exhibition, March 4-13
Herning, Denmark, Textile Fair, March 5-9
Paris, International Exhibition of Domestic Arts, March 6-21
LOOKING AHEAD... The April issue of DESIGN will include a two part enquiry into office desks and chairs by Dorothy Meade, another article in the series on design management on writing the designer's brief, a feature on door furniture covering three new ranges, and a survey of wallpapers and wall coverings fully illustrated in colour.
Equipment and Domestic Equipment throughout the World. Simultaneous translation into English is provided. Visitors attending the exhibition can obtain an admission card to the exhibition and lectures, and a copy of the official catalogue, on application to the Commissariat General du Salon des Arts Menagers, 15, avenue de la Division Leclerc, 92 Puteaux, France: the cost is 10 NF.
EXHIBITION The Design Centre goes East An exhibition of British consumer goods, organised by the ColD and the Central Office of Information on behalf of the Board of Trade, will form one of the central features of the British Week in Hong Kong this month. The exhibition, which contains more than 350 products selected from 'Design Index', was designed by Edmund Emamooden. Ten of the 1965 Design Centre Awards winners will be on show, and three products whose designers have gained the Duke of Edinburgh's Prize for Elegant Design will be included. HRH The Princess Margaret will continued on page 69
open the British Week on March 3, and will visit the Design Centre exhibition during her stay.
AWARDS AND COMPETITIONS Gold medalist The Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded the 1966 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture to Ove Arup, the consulting engineer. The medal is being awarded to Mr Arup, not for any specific building, but in recognition of his overall contribution in the fields of architecture and engineering. It will be presented to Mr Arup in June this year.
Record entry This year the entries for the Civic Trust architectural awards reached the record number of 1,041. The assessors consider that 1965 proved "quite clearly an improvement in the general standard". However there was still some criticism: "Local traditions and materials were ignored, and new work failed to integrate with the existing fabric of the town or village". Altogether 62 awards and 117 commendations were given. It is interesting that this year, for the First time, afarm building has received a mention: a granary at Fincham in Norfolk gained a commendation.
Plastics design award The subject this year for the annual award sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Homers is a design for an article of furniture suitable for commercial production in plastics, or in a combination of plastics and other materials. In choosing the winning design, the judges will pay special attention to the suitability of the plastics materials chosen and the advantage which the designer takes of the special properties of those materials. A prize of £210 will be awarded. The award is administered by the British Plastics
Federation and full details are available from the federation at 47/48 Piccadilly, London W1. The competition, which closes on June 30, is open to anyone resident in Britain or Northern Ireland.
Lay assessors The Council for the Royal Institute of British Architects has approved a recommendation from its competitions committee which will provide for lay assessors for architectural competitions. The ratio will be limited to not more than one lay assessor to every two architects on the competition jury.
PUBLICATIONS Food for thought The Furniture Development Council's Economic Review of the Furniture Industry 1965 has now been published. This year, the scope of the review has been extended by the addition of articles by senior members of furniture companies. They include one on marketing by S. C. Bland of Parker-Knoll Ltd. and one on the case for higher productivity by G. Chalkidis of D. Meredew Ltd. Copies are available, price £1, including postage, from the FDC, Maxwell Road, Stevenage, Herts.
Full of facts Among recent government publications is Britain: An Official Handbook 1966. This should be a useful source of reference for anyone needing quick information on subjects ranging from British exports of mechanical handling equipment in 1964 to the close seasons for deer-stalking. Exporters wishing to interest overseas clients in things British should find it invaluable. Britain: An Official Handbook 1966 costs £1 10s (postage as). It is available by post from HMSO, PO Box 569, London SET. It can also be bought from Government bookshops and from booksellers.
MISCELLANEOUS Design panel The Co-operative Wholesale Society has set up a design panel to co-ordinate and develop all aspects of the society's design activities. It will initiate studies into architecture, vehicle liveries, uniforms, packaging, print, etc: in the words of the CWS director, Kenneth Noble, "The task of the new panel will be to keep under continuous review what might be described as all visual contact between the CWS and the public." With Mr Noble on the panel are eight CWS executives and three outside members, T. M. Summerson, Mary Grieve and J. H. Walker.
New Secretary Maurice Jay has been appointed general secretary of the DIA. He will take up the post on the first of this month. The position was previously held by Michael Farr.
APPOINTMENTS IN INDUSTRY Who's doing what The International Wool Secretariat is to set up a new international styling, design and fabric service for the menswear trade. The service will be headed by Dennis Clive, previously director of the secretariat's British branch. The Reabilities Trust has appointed Archie McNab of McNab and Jamieson to undertake a programme of research into the housing and environmental needs of older disabled people. As a result of the Worboys Committee, the Ministry of Transport has commissioned David Mellor to redesign the traffic signal system. This involves traffic and pedestrian controls -green arrows, regulatory signs and pedestrian signals. Work is in progress on the project and it is hoped that it will be complete by the end of the year.
On the move Michael Farr (Design Integration) Ltd is now at 169 Regent Street, London W1. John and Sylvia Reed have moved to 5 The Green, Old Southgate, London N14.
Names and changes David Ogle Associates Ltd has a new name, Ogle Design Ltd. Carl Olsen and Christopher Pepper have been appointed directors, and Peter Bailey has become an associate of the company.
ADDENDA News, 204/77: the third International Exhibition of Product Styling has been unavoidably postponed.
News, 205/61: the closing date for entries for the British Poster Design Awards 1965-6 is September 30.
News, 206/71: the ColD's contract catalogue contains items suitable for contract use chosen by 142 manufacturers. More than 200 pages are devoted to furniture, about 80 pages cover lighting fittings, emergency lighting equipment, and electrical accessories, and the remaining 60 pages deal with sanitary ware and related fittings.
Designers and manufacturers lists in this issue appear on page 88