Pantone Mugs

November 23, 2007

Perfect present for grandma for Christmas, share you favourite Pantone colour with her in the shape of this lovely mug.

Red 186 C Pantone Mug



November 17, 2007

Since Eric Gill created the early Guinness adverts, they have always been at the forefront of advertising design. Their latest advert is no exception.


November 6, 2007

Classic Robot design from the 1980’s. How the future should have been.


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Must buy these Design Books

October 19, 2007

Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything – (And If You Can’t, Look Again) (Paperback)

Classic Designer Chair No1: Ball Chair by Eero Aarnio

June 4, 2007

No1 of what I hope to be a number of blogs introducing you to the worlds best design classics, I introduce you to the Ball Chair which was designed by Eero Aarnio in 1966. This one is close to my heart as I want one in my house and the furniture shop round the corner from my house has one in the window, so I walk past it every day on my way to work. Find out more about this classic and what inspired the design here:

Ball Chair

Salvador Dalí designed the Chupa Chups logo

May 27, 2007

Chupa Chup Logo

In terms of graphic and packaging design the Chupa Chups lolly-pop logo it is up their with the greatest of brand logos such as Campbell Soup, Guinness and Marmite. So was quite surprised to find out yesterday that it was designed by the master of surrealist painting Salvador Dali back in 1969. Can you believe it? If you don’t check out the company’s website:

Though really the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Dali throughout his lifetime was the ultimate self publicist, lending his imagery to a range of commercial interests in his later life, and using himself as a brand. People are just as familiar with his own image as well as his paintings.

No clearer can evidence of this be found than if you think about his creation of the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres, Spain. Billed as the Worlds Largest Surrealist object this museum was created by Dali himself during his own lifetime to be a shrine to his own work. Here, among other things you witness his ‘Mae West Room‘ which was created specifically for the space, and where the famous ‘lips‘ sofa comes from, which in itself is now a design classic, even being used as the main object to advertise the recent exhibition ‘Surreal Things’ at the V&A museum in London.
It seems as if Andre Breton was right all along when he coined the anagram ‘avida dollars’ (translates to eager for dollars) when talking about Salvador Dali and his later output.

I’m surprised Dali did not bring out his own range of candy…..although I’ll probably find out tomorrow that he did that as well. Nothing would surprise me anymore!

The Savill Building

May 27, 2007

Contemporary architecture at its best, The Savill Building is set within Crown estate land and is a great example of sustainable architecture and the type of building we should be seeing more of in the UK.

Located a couple of miles away from Windsor castle and set within Windsor Great Park, the building which opened to the public in June 2006, is made using all sustainable timber from the crown estate forests (larch and oak) and is a fantastic looking building.

It was designed by Glen Howells Design and has won a number of awards including the Gold Award at the Wood Awards 2006.

See more about the building, including a picture gallery and a time lapse video of its construction at the below link:

The Savill Building

Find out more about the architects behind the project, Glenn Howells here

If you like this kind of sustainable building you might also be interested in the Downland Gridshell Building, designed by Edward Cullinan Architects, and set within the grounds of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum in West Sussex. Some great detailed information can be found here:

Downland Gridshell

Both of the above buildings are known as Gridshell Buildings. More information on Gridshell Buildings has been published by Fourth Door Research, read more here:

Fourth Door Research

Some great design sites to start off with

April 5, 2007

OK, in best Channel 4 compilation style, here are some design sites I can highly reccommend:

more to come…..


February 1, 2007

Welcome to designchowder