‘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’s to open its first store away from Picadilly
On Friday 8th November, Fortnum & Mason will open its 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
Hoi Polloi restaurant opens
The modernist brasserie Hoi Polloi is now open at Ace hotel London. Design details include a complex palette of materials like fluted timber-panelled walls, banquettes finished in pale pink leather and hexagonal timber flooring. We collaborated with Atelier Ace, Pablo Flack and David Waddington of Bistrotheque to create a dynamic space ideal for daytimes spent working on a laptop and also for evening drinks or supper. A sense of spontaneity fosters the feeling of 'an occasion'.
Ace London opens its doors
Universal Design Studio have designed the interiors and facade of the new Ace Hotel London that opened today in Shoreditch. There are 265 guest rooms, a 2,700 square foot restaurant (opening in October), a 3,900 square foot lounge and reception area comprising of retail units, bar, cafe and art gallery. More details coming soon.