Seek No Further pops-up in Berlin and London
Universal have transformed gallery spaces in both London's Shoreditch and Berlin's Mitte district for Fruit of the Loom's new premium brand 'Seek No Further' launching this week. With an emphasis on the process of making and reflecting the brand’s innovative approach to materiality and detail, the stores’ key message is simplicity. Universal have experimented with unconventional materials like glass wax, flock coating, cast concrete and silicone to create the handcrafted sculptural display pieces. More photography coming soon.
Shortlisted for Milan Expo 2015
Universal and Barber & Osgerby have been shortlisted to deliver the UK Pavilion at the Milan Expo 2015. The theme of the Expo is 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. The winners will be asked to highlight world class British research, innovation, entrepreneurship and international development interventions contributing to improving the quality of people's lives and meeting the global challenge of 'Feeding the Planet'. Detailed concepts will be presented in April.
‘Strange Beauty’ exhibition opens at The National Gallery
Universal has worked closely with The National Gallery on their new exhibition 'Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance.' The collection-focused exhibition takes a fresh look at paintings, drawings and prints by well-known artists such as Hans Holbein the Younger, Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Made up of six rooms and through the use of colour, the visitor is invited to examine the way these works were perceived in their time, in the recent past, and how they are viewed today. The sixth room is an interactive experience inviting visitors to comment, and vote, on their reactions to Germany painting. Opens 19th February - 11th May 2014. Detail from Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 – 1553) ‘Cupid complaining to Venus’ about 1525 © The National Gallery, London
Universal and MAP win Gold at DBA awards
Universal and MAP were awarded a Gold at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards for their Science Museum Fundraiser Desk. By identifying an excess of pathways that caused customers to bypass the museum’s fundraisers and information desk, the new design streamlined the reception hall and incorporated a two-stage entry system with bespoke desk installations featuring mirror-polished stainless steel in keeping with their contemporary surroundings. This installation helped the Museum increase donations by 80%.
Fortnum & Mason open their first store away from Picadilly
On Friday 8th November, Fortnum & Mason will open their first store and tea salon in St Pancras station. Inspired by Fortnum's heritage of servicing the needs of travellers since the early 18th century, Universal has designed a space where customers will be able to escape the throng of the station during the day for breakfast, tea and supper. More coming soon