Auckland kitchen designer Morgan Cronin is one of three finalists for the International Designer of the Year Award. His sculptural “art” kitchen, which was cast in glass-reinforced concrete, has already won major prizes in New Zealand.
What is it with New Zealand kitchen designers that makes them do so well overseas?
Two weeks ago, four of our designers were lauded as finalists in the prestigious SBID awards, based in London. And last year Davinia Sutton of Christchurch won the prestigious International Designer of the Year Award. The year before, she took out three awards in the German Design Awards.
And now, two Auckland kitchen designers – Mal Corboy and Morgan Cronin – are two of the three finalists in this year’s International Designer of the Year awards. Both designers have already taken out major NKBA awards this year, and are two of the SBID finalists for 2020.
Banking giant Investec has confirmed plans to axe 210 jobs from its London headquarters amid a ‘challenging economic backdrop’ due to the coronavirus crisis.
The firm said it will slash around 13 per cent of roles in the capital in order to help ‘simplify and focus the business’ in the wake of the pandemic.
Investec added its performance in the five months to August 31 was impacted by lower average interest rates, reduced client activity and a 22 per cent depreciation of the South African rand against the pound.
Fani Titi, chief executive of Investec, said severe contractions in GDP and volatile international markets pressed down on revenues during this turbulent period.
However, he added that the business had ‘proved resilient’ despite the impact of lockdown in the first quarter before economies slowly started to reopen.
Elsewhere, Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways in
(Bloomberg) — London firms are ditching their unwanted office space at an even faster rate than in the financial crisis.
More than 1 million square feet (92,900 square meters) has become available for sublet since June, the equivalent of two Gherkin skyscrapers, according to research by real-estate data company CoStar Group Inc. Businesses are offering up the excess space as the pandemic keeps large swathes of employees working from home.
The trend is so far only limited to London: the city’s second-hand space surged by 21% in the period, compared with just a 1% increase for the rest of the U.K.
“The success of home working, coupled with ongoing concerns around public transport and coronavirus infections, has led many firms to reconsider their office space needs,” Mark Stansfield, head of U.K. analytics at CoStar, wrote in a note to clients. “Some of this impact is now being seen
Terence Conran, a renowned designer and restaurateur credited with modernising British retail and decor, has died aged 88, his family said on Sept 12.
Conran made his name in the 1960s with the Habitat home-furnishing store, known for its contemporary pine furniture, brightly coloured fabrics and tasteful kitchenware which proved a big hit with the public.
He went on to become chairman of the Storehouse Plc retail group which included other well-known British high street shops such as Mothercare and British Home Stores.
Also passionate about food, his first restaurant, The Soup Kitchen, opened in London in 1953, and he went on to open many more in the capital including Le Pont de la Tour, Quaglino’s and Mezzo, with his restaurant interests also ultimately stretching from Paris to New York and Tokyo.
“Terence Conran was instrumental in the redesigning of post-War Britain and his legacy is huge,” said Tim Marlow,