Assembly is a new hotel from Criterion Capital located on London’s Charing Cross Road. It throws out expensive amenities to instead focus on delivering fun yet sophisticated rooms in a central location. These rooms are aimed at experience-hungry young travellers and competitively priced with interiors inspired by London fashion icons and furnished with best in class beds, showers, sound-proofing and wi-fi.
Brand strategy, developed by Ragged Edge, positions Assembly as the antithesis of the stay in and cosy offering of other hotels. “Get Up And Go” delivers this in a concise and impassioned manner. This is supported by emotive and enthusiastic copywriting and a graphic identity of typographical juxtaposition and imagery that focuses on access to an exciting and diverse urban experience rather than an interior indulgence. This connects posters, interior and exterior signage, social media imagery, tote bags, key cards and packaging.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
OfficeUS Manual is a guide to the American architectural workplace over the past century. It is the third book in the OfficeUS series which deals with the development of international US architectural practices, and offers insight into the office life of these over the past 100 years; how they have changed and remained the same. It does this through the compiling and presentation of job listings, timesheets and estimates, work furniture and reception areas, office hours and benefits.
The book is marked by its approach; a balance of criticality, conviviality and deadpan documentation, in its mix of isolated objects, technical drawings and iconography, contemporary reflections by more than fifty architects, artists and writers, and a scope that covers the meta, macro and micro.
The book was edited by Eva Franch, Ana Miljački, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Jacob Reidel and Ashley Schafer and published by Lars Müller Publishers. It is a paperback measuring 160 × 240mm, made up of 288 pages featuring 461 illustrations and was designed by Pentagram partner Natasha Jen and team.
Opinion by Richard Baird.
Dissabtes MACBA (“MACBA’s Saturdays”) is a partnership between The Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona (MACBA); an iconic architectural symbol and one of the city’s leading cultural institutions, and the Japanese fashion retailer UNIQLO who recently arrived in Barcelona, and due to open its second store this year.
The Dissabtes MACBA initiative offers free entry to the museum every Saturday evening, 4–8pm, and invites visitors to participate in a wide range of differential events and activities that will include workshops, concerts and performances, as well as an opportunity to meet some of the artists who have work on display. To mark the initiative, collaborative spirit, and serving to bring the UNIQLO brand into the local consciousness, Barcelona-based studio Hey was commissioned to create a campaign that represented the close relationship between MACBA and UNIQLO within the city’s centre. This is expressed through both form and colour language, in a striking and singular gesture, elevated by its repetition across a variety of different communicative modes and formats that included posters, banners, bus ads and digital screens throughout the museum.