Title: News

Pages: 23 - 25


Author: Editorial

Text: News
Designers for the Japan world fair
Four groups of designers have been appointed to design the exhibition area in Powell and Moya's British Pavilion at the Japan World Exposition at Osaka in 1970. They are Charles Munro and Associates; Leslie Gooday and Associates; Sir Hugh Casson, Neville Conder and Partners; and Gordon Bowyer, Kenneth Grange and Martin Stringer, who combine their architectural, industrial design and graphic talents for exhibition, interior and general design consultancy work. All four groups have considerable experience of work for world exhibitions.
The British Government are spending an estimated 2 million on Expo 70, a sum that also covers cultural events organised by the British Council. The exposition will open on 15 March 1970; and 19 countries including USA, USSR, Federal Germany, France, Canada, and Australia have already decided to participate. An attendance of between 30 and 37 million visitors is expected, about one million of them from overseas.
The Duke visits Sir Gordon
The Duke of Edinburgh will visit the furniture factory of Gordon Russell Ltd at Broadway, Worcestershire, on March 15 and lunch at the Lygon Arms with directors of both the factory and the hotel.
Twenty years ago Sir Gordon Russell, who founded the furniture firm, was instrumental in stimulating the Duke's interest in industrial design, when he took over the directorship of the ColD in 1947. In 1959 the Duke honoured Sir Gordon by attending the DIA dinner to mark his retirement from the ColD after 12 years as director. And in 1963 he presented to Sir Gordon the RSA Albert Gold Medal for'services to industrial design.'
The Duke will tour both the factory and the showrooms. He will see domestic and offce furniture, both massproduced and for contract customers - as for instance the prototype of the 2,000 chairs made for Coventry Cathedral and also such historical pieces as the hand-made cabinet which won a gold medal at the 1925 Paris Exhibition.
At the Lygon Arms a new wing has just been completed with specially designed built-in Russell furniture in the bedrooms and a fully equipped conference room. Sir Gordon's brother, Don Russell, managed the hotel for many years and is now chairman of both companies.
Progressive changeover to metric building . . .
The changeover to the metric system is to be a gradual process for local authorities. This is made clear in a circular to the authorities, Metrication of Housebuilding, which explains what the implications will be for housing. It is published by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government and the Welsh Offce.
The change to metric design and construction is to occur as part of a programme already drawn up by the British Standards Institution for the construction industry. It will provide an opportunity to rationalise design, production and site operations by means of standard components, and the Ministers are naturally concerned to ensure that local authorities make full use of it.
Local authorities will be able to submit metric plans at layout stage after 1 January 1969, and at tender stage after the same date in 1970. Schemes submitted for loan sanction and subsidy at tender stage after 1 January 1972 will have to be in metric. The change will thus take place progressively over several years and will be completed a year ahead of the final date envisaged by the British Standards Institution, this shorter transitional period representing an effort to reduce any confusion which may occur.
In order to keep manufacturers, designers and contractors informed of progress, local authorities are asked to report each October on the number of metric houses scheduled for the following year. The National Building Agency will provide a clearing house of information and evaluate progress.
. . . and metric wall charts
As part of its programme in connection with the change to the metric system, the Building Centre has produced metric wall charts for use in architects', designers' end other offces. These charts, which show the metric equivalents of feet and inches up to six feet, are approximately seven feet tall overall.
For ease of handling, and to meet Post Offce requirements for size of postal packages, they are issued in three sections, mounted on stiff card, and are available from
the Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1, at a price of 21s,including postage and packing.
A chance to look at a queen
An exhibition which gives a first glimpse of the interior of the new Queen Elizabeth 2 is now at The Design Centre. Called QE2 - a
Mock-ups of a tourist-class cabin, top, and a first-class one, centre, are on show in the current Design Centre exhibition of designs for the interior of the new Queen Elizabeth 2. The third photograph is of another first-class cabin. First-class cabins are by Dennis Lennon, tourist class by Jon Bannenberg.
first look inside the new Cunarder, it has been arranged jointly by Cunard and the ColD, and was opened last month by Princess Margaret.
There are full-size mock-ups of two cabins, and diagrams, models, and photographs showing how restaurants, bars, lounges and other sections of the ship will look. On display are tableware, furniture, carpets, fabrics, and wallpannelling; also examples of the signposting and graphics system by Crosby/ Fletcher/Forbes. The exhibition is by Dennis Lennon, design co-ordinator of the ship's interior. Other designers represented include James Gardner (coordinator of the exterior), Jon Bannenberg, Michael Inchbald, Jo Pattrick, and David Queensberry.
The Queen Elizabeth 2 was launched last September and is due to make her maiden voyage early in 1969.
Nash House arts centre nears completion
Nash House, the new centre for the arts and design in the Mall, is nearing completion. The 6,000-square-foot art gallery and 300-seat auditorium will be ready for occupation by the end of this month.
The conversion of 12 Carlton House Terrace, which houses a club and headquarters for five arts societies as well as the gallery and auditorium, was designed by Jane Drew of Fry, Drew and Partners. The societies are DADA, the DIA, the ICA, the SIAD, and the Institute of Landscape Architects. They all hope to have moved in by the end of the summer, when there will be an official opening.
The ICA opens the art gallery at the beginning of April with an exhibition called The Human Form in Art Today, and plans to show a series of films and plays in the auditorium.
Design Council for New Zealand
An Industrial Design Council has been set up in New Zealand. The appointment of its first chairman and members was made by the Minister of Industries and Commerce, Mr J. R. Marshall, who said the efficient design of her manufactured products was vital to New Zealand's export trade. He hoped that the increasing importance being given to design in industry would be consolidated by the experience and drive of the members of the Council.
The Council's first chairman is G. P. Proctor, a past president of the Wellington Manufacturers' Association and of the New Zealand Manufacturers' Federation. The a. members are the principal of the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design, a university professor, and three directors in industry.
Selling to the Americans
An organisation to help promote British goods in America has been set up in California. The company, called Contact/USA, aims to bring British exporters (particular! medium-sized firms) into direct contact with American markets. This is a departure from the usual system of New York-based agencies attempting to satisfy British need across the country; the new group will guide and provide for the special marketing characteristics of the West Coastan are, of unprecedented potential with its growing multi-billion-dollar consumer market.
Contact/USA's director is Edward W. Poyser, an Englishman living in the Unite' States. He thinks British exporters could do better in America by applying American know-how to the sale of their goods, using his staff's wide experience in West Coast merchandising techniques. As well as launching British goods, Contact/USA has an advisory service for manufacturers on packaging and distribution. Presentations can be made on behalf of United Kingdom companies and arrangements will be made for British executives to meet their American; counterparts. ColD contract catalogue
The 1968-9 edition of the Contract Catalogue from Design Index will be published by the ColD next month. The catalogue contains illustrated information about well designed products suitable for contract use in the fields of lighting equipment, sanitary appliances, architectural ironmongery and tableware. This will be the fourth catalogue in an annual series aimed at providing purchasing officers, architects and contract buyers of all kinds with an independent source of reference to a wide range of good quality British equipment.
The catalogue is sent free on a controlled circulation to some 10,000 people concerned
with purchasing or specifying furnishings and equipment on a contract basis, but a few copies will be available for sale to the public at 25sfrom The Design Centre or post paid from W. P. Garrett, Col D.
An inquiry carried out last year among a 10 per cent random sample of the mailing list has shown that the catalogue provides a valuable service in bringing sections of Design Index direct to the contract buyer's desk. In response to two questions aimed at finding out how often the catalogues are used and how they are rated as a source of reference when purchasing equipment, 52 per cent said they "frequently" or "always" use the catalogues, and 85 per cent found them "useful" or "indispensable." Only four per cent said they never use them while seven per cent regarded them as being "not particularly useful." Detailed results of the inquiry will be circulated to potential advertisers in the fifth catalogue, to be published in June 1969.
Competitions and conferences
Engineering design course A four-day intensive-study course in creative engineering design is being held from April 14 at
This ceremonial robe, worn by the Provost of the Royal College of Art on Charter Day last November, is on exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Muscun7, toqcthcr with those worn by the Pro-Provost, the Rector and Vice-Provost, and the Pro-Rector. They were designed by Joyce Conwy-Evans, incorporating the crowned phoenix emblems of the College on collar and sleeves, and were made by Ryder and Amies. The weaving is by Edinburgh Tapestry, the embroidery by Elizabeth Geddes with two assistants. The silver trumpet, similar to one used by Handel, was designed by Charles Hall and made by Boosey and Hawkes.
Queen Mary College, University of London. Guest lecturers include Dr Barnes Wallis and Professor Buckminster Fuller. For details write to the Mechanical Engineering Department, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, London E1.
World Crafts Council in Lima The next bi-annual General Assembly of the WCC will be held in Lima, Peru, from August 25September 5. The theme is "The cultural and economic functions of the craftsman in the changing world." Special arrangements are being made for members. Details from Mrs Gilian Packard Parris, 60 Neal Street, London WC2.
ICOGRADA congress in Eindhoven The third ICOGRADA general assembly and congress will be held in Eindhoven from August 18-24. The programme chairman is F. H. K. Henrion. For details write to Sjoerd Bijisma, "Bijland," Kreiel 16, Winterle gem. Vessem, Holland.
Diamond ring competition reminder Entries for the De Beers competition must be in not later than 10 am on Thursday, March 28 (addressed to Patricia Dagwsll, De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. 40 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1).



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