Hard hats off to the builders

With a constant flurry of redevelopments in London, it’s always nice to see companies making a bit of effort with their hoardings – especially as they’re not the most pleasing of things to look at for months on end. Just up the road from us on Great Sutton Street, Domus have gone one step further and hand painted their ply wood boards while they renovate their space inside (which seemingly becomes more intricate as each day passes). Jon Newey, Domus Managing Director, comments on the store’s redevelopment: ‘the goal is to deliver the unexpected and utterly practical, making the space dynamic, professional and industrious, continuously updating and refreshing.’ He goes on to say that ‘placing contemporary artwork in specially chosen areas is part of the plan, changing it on a regular basis, to surprise, intrigue, humour and engage visitors, and to provide a little relief and contrast from the descriptive functionality of hard surfaces.’

Local contemporary artists, including Wayne Chisnell and Jessica Walters were commissioned to produce work that would be used inside and outside the showroom to promote the launch and also to humanise the interior. Artists will be invited to exhibit in the gallery on an on-going basis. Newey explains ‘the aim is to embrace, assist and enjoy local art and support local artists.’ Bravo.

More than 18,000 people are suffering from illnesses linked to the dust from the attacks on New York's World Trade Center on 11 September 2001. The figure comes from the US government’s monitoring and treatment programme for 9/11 emergency workers, volunteers and local residents. The most common afflictions are respiratory problems including asthma and sinusitis, but muscular and intestinal conditions are reported as well. The senior US official managing the health legacy of the attacks warns that early deaths are possible among the survivors. ‘Scarred lungs’ Dr John Howard, Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, told BBC News it was “plausible” that people would die of exposure to the dust. He singled out damage to the lungs – interstitial fibrosis – as one of the most serious effects.

Date

28 Sep 2011

Category

Branding, News

Posted by

Hailey Phillips