Happy Chinese New Year


We wish our friends in China and all around the world a happy and prosperous New Year.

Chinese New Year

New Trends in Aircraft Interiors


The annual Aircraft Interiors International showcase was recently published, featuring our thoughts on the latest trends in aircraft interior design.

This year, we have gone beyond designing holistic journeys from home to destination and honed in on the importance of branding and the ways in which airlines can learn from the automotive and consumer products industries to develop their brands.

Read more about how we help our clients become superbrands here »

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Design Council Trustee


Paul Priestman has just been appointed to the board of trustees of the Design Council. His role will be to help guide and develop the Design Council’s work supporting business and entrepreneurs, transforming public services, enhancing places and cities and campaigning to raise awareness of the value of design.

“Design is intrinsic to improving our everyday lives and to developing a more sustainable economy. I’m delighted with this appointment and look forward to working with the Design Council to fly the flag for British design both in the UK and around the world.”

RSA Student Design Awards


We are really pleased to be working with the RSA again this year and to support the Student Design Awards. We think it’s important to nurture the next generation of designers, and the RSA’s work to forge connections between design education and practice is immensely valuable.

The brief we’re supporting this year is titled ‘Project Rural’ and calls upon students to design a product to help people and communities in rural areas to flourish.

Read the full brief here »

London Design Festival


To coincide with the London Design Festival, The Origins of Tomorrow is an exhibition in our Central London showroom that charts our work and design philosophy since the studio’s inception. A photographic timeline showcases the breadth of our work — from toys and radiators to the New Tube for London, train design, aircraft interiors and spacecraft — while a selection of products represents some of the key milestones in our development as a company. A number of scale models of our aircraft interiors work also features in a full size section of an aircraft fuselage.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, until 2 October.

Download press release »

The Progress 1000


We’re delighted to reveal that Paul has once again been voted one of London’s 1000 most influential people by the Evening Standard. Published annually, this year’s list has been re-named ‘The Progress 1000′ and celebrates the influencers in every field who make the capital the world-class wonder it is — and who carry the responsibility of ensuring London remains great for generations to come’

You can read more and view the full list on the Evening Standard online.

New Aircraft Interiors for United Airlines


Our new aircraft interiors for United Airlines’ domestic fleet were launched last week at the airline’s headquarters in Chicago, with a focus on the new First Class seat.

Developed with input from customers whom the airline invited to test seat prototypes, the custom seat features several elements to improve the passenger experience such as all leather seat covers, tray table with integrated tablet holder, articulated seat pad for greater comfort and additional in-seat storage.

The new aircraft interiors debut this week on one of United Airlines’ A319, with retrofits on A319s, A320s and many Boeing 737s and 757s through 2016.

RSA Student Design Awards


We’re very happy to be sponsoring the RSA Student Design Awards once again this year and would like to congratulate all students who have just received this prestigious award.

The Student Design Awards task emerging designers with real briefs to create solutions for the social, environment and economic issues that are at the top of the news and social agenda.

We have a long history with the RSA Awards, with a number of our designers having previously won, and are pleased to support this initiative and help create stronger bonds between design education and industry.

Further details on this year’s winners

Chaos Contained


We’re delighted to host “Chaos Contained, Paintings by Boo Mitford”, the first solo exhibition by the London-based contemporary artist. The exhibition showcases the artist’s investigation into the tumultuous nature of paint and the personality of colour over the period 2005 – 2015.

Mitford explains: ‘Paint has every inclination to be unpredictable — it’s a bit of a wild child. Through fine adjustments of volume, situation and strength, I can create a vivid painting of oscillating colour. It is the nature of paint to want to escape. Sometimes colours combine harmoniously, sometimes they fight like hell. The capricious nature of paint is what fascinates me, and what I strive to explore through my work.’

Chaos Contained runs from 15 May to 12 June, Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, excluding Bank Holidays.

Crystal Cabin Award winners


We are proud to announce that we have won a prestigious Crystal Cabin Award with Embraer for our design of the E2 jets.

Described as the Oscars of the aviation industry, the award, which we won in the Industrial Design and Visionary Concepts category, is testament to the great partnership that we have built with the Brazilian manufacturer over many years.

We worked closely with Embraer’s engineering team to overhaul the aircraft interiors of the new generation short haul fleet.

A big congratulations to the whole team!

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