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BDG team visit the factory and campus of distinguished furniture manufacturer Vitra Read more
A few of the BDG team were taken on a tour of the Vitra campus in Weil am Rhein on the Swiss/German border.
Vitra is a family owned furniture company, established in 1957, initially producing the furniture of George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames for the European market. Today, Vitra's products consist of designer furniture for offices, homes and public areas.
Not only is the campus for the manufacture and distribution of Vitra furniture, there is a collection of buildings designed by some of the world's most renowned architects. Frank Gehry; Herzog & de Meuron; Nicholas Grimshaw; Zaha Hadid; Tadao Ando and SAANA have all designed buildings there, even down to a Jasper Morrison bus stop and a Buckminster Fuller dome (which was purchased, second hand, at an auction).
BDG was given the opportunity to tour these wonderful and unique buildings that house a design museum; manufacturing; warehousing; conferencing; exhibitions and events; shop; cafe and flagship store for their 'home collection'.
We were able to see the skilled workers producing the aluminium chair and shown the quality processes that each chair goes through, to the individual buyer's requirements, prior to being packaged and shipped to the new owner.
Thanks to Vitra UK for a great trip. More information on their campus can be found here.
BDG architecture + design adopts its new identity Read more
BDG architecture + design adopts its new identity, designed by San Francisco based branding specialists Manual Creative.
For the first time in over 20 years, BDG will be dropping the red lozenge (originally designed by Sampson Tyrell) and re-launching its identity with a radically different style and approach.
The new direction is a deliberate departure from the old, and representative of the revitalised studio at BDG which is currently working on several prestigious projects across the UK and Europe.
The new logo coincides with BDG’s departure from St John Street, Clerkenwell (where they have been resident for over 30 years) to a new studio in Sea Containers, on the Southbank. These are two extremely significant and strategic decisions that will assist in repositioning the practice in the marketplace as it reasserts itself as a leading creative organisation.
Gill Parker, Managing Director of BDG architecture + design comments:
“As the property market recovers, I have taken this decision to refresh our brand identity and reposition the company from a position of strength. BDG enjoys a long heritage in creativity and experience, and whilst it is important to acknowledge our past, it is vital that we look forward to the future“