Expanding our team
Highlight - June 2019
Following our recent relocation, we’re also thrilled to announce the expansion of our team to include a partnership with Gordon Young Architects. Gordon is responsible for the interior of the award-winning VIVI restaurant at Centre Point, London and the East-Asian inspired fine-dining restaurant Hutong at The Shard among many other high-design projects.
We also welcome distinguished architect and business strategist Simon Reed whose role as Project Director at KD will see him focus on the integration of product design into the built environment, practically and efficiently at all different scales. Our team expansion reflects the growing interdisciplinary approach to design and allows us to develop opportunities where industrial design meets the built environment and vice versa. Watch this (integrated!) space...
After weeks of preparation and settling in, we’re delighted to finally reveal that we’ve relocated our primary London office from Great Portland Street, in the West End to Mitchell Street, St Luke’s - just a couple of minutes walk from Old Street Station and the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and the stunning Barbican Centre. The area is alive with design activity and will definitely play a part in our trends research and networking events. As a bonus, St Luke’s Church (at the end of our street) is the permanent home of the London Symphony Orchestra, Ironmonger Row Baths is next door and buzzing Whitecross Market with its wide variety of street food just on the doorstep. We look forward to having a beer with you here soon...
The move also marks the expansion of our architectural and interiors capability. More on that in the next post!
Keechdesign talks Hanami
on BBC London News
Following Keechdesign’s opening of its Tokyo design studio one year ago, we continue to develop and grow our relationships with our Japanese clients. In addition to business we have a deep interest, respect and knowledge of Japanese culture, which underpins our work.
We’re delighted that our MD, David Keech was featured on BBC London News talking about ‘Hanami’ and Cherry Blossom.
Keechdesign Opens Branch Office In Tokyo
Highlight - June 2018
Keechdesign opens a new branch office in the heart of Tokyo.
The new office is located in the Minami-Azabu district and will be operational from July 2018. It is an extension of Keechdesign's London studio, serving as a liaison point for projects in Japan and the wider Asia region.
KD will be attending British-Japanese Parliamentary Group Reception
Keechdesign will be attending a reception for the British-Japanese Parliamentary Group in September, hosted by Baroness Hooper at the House of Lords. The group develops and improves links between the British and Japanese Parliaments, encouraging a deeper understanding of their respective cultures. Our Managing Director David Keech, and Design Manager Vish Chopra are looking forward to promoting Keechdesign’s close working relationship with Japanese business.
BIG NEWS! New partnership with Shiro Nakamura Design Associates Inc.
Keechdesign is pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Shiro Nakamura Design Associates.
As from July 2018, Keechdesign and Shiro Nakamura Design Associates will support each other in the mutual evolution of their companies. Shiro Nakamura will be taking up the position of Senior Creative Advisor to Keechdesign.
Shiro is one of the world’s most successful designers, and a leading figure in the global creative industry. Renowned for his transformative years as Chief Creative Officer at Nissan Motors, Shiro brings unparalleled experience and design expertise to Keechdesign’s team.
KD host PLAYIFY with Casio Computer Co. and Yamaha Design Studio
Keechdesign teamed up with Casio Computer Co. and Yamaha Design Studio on a collaborative project centred around the use of everyday products.
30 guests from across the creative industries were invited to Keechdesign and Yamaha’s Central London studio on 5th July 2018 to participate in PLAYIFY - an event highlighting the unconventional and unintentional uses of our everyday tools and equipment.
To commemorate the occasion, KD will be publishing a book featuring all the guests and their playful objects.
John Cullen Lighting Launch Vorsa Spotlight Range
We're excited to announce that we have been working with John Cullen Lighting on their latest innovation in high-end lighting.
John Cullen Lighting specialise in lighting design consultancy, with a great team of designers lead by renowned lighting designer Sally Storey. They also design and sell a large selection of their own premium lighting products, all of which are manufactured in the UK.
KD do Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Every year we send our team to Milan for the Salone del Mobile in a bid to uncover the latest trends shacking up the design industry. Like all design buffs, we think there's nothing better than meeting like-minded creatives, hunting down the beautiful designs, and seeing the most influential brands and designers do what they do best.
KD visit ISE Amsterdam to join the launch of Epson's LightScene EV-100 projector.
Epson's latest innovation in projection technology was launched at ISE Amsterdam 2018. Kd have been working extensively with Epson throughout the launch campaign helping to create a targeted and engaging strategy. More info about the launch event coming soon.
New audio products and new materials for Yamaha
Here at KD we're always excited about our ongoing work with Japanese music and audio equipment manufacturer Yamaha. Together we've been exploring new designs and materials for future products and we're proud to be forging relationships between British industries and Japanese technology.
RExMoto unveiled at the innovation in European Aeronautics Research Conference in Warsaw
KD worked closely with Richard Glassock, research fellow at the Institute for Aerospace Technology to realise his proposal for an innovative new range extender concept. RExMoto has the potential to appeal to private aircraft owners who would be able to fly their planes for longer, reduce emissions and fuel costs, and then use the detachable motorcycle to continue their journey after landing.
KD completes user-centred research for Future Pianos supported by Innovate UK
We recently finished the first phase our project exploring the Future Piano alongside experimental pianist Sarah Nicolls in a project supported by Innovate UK. During the first phase we conducted preliminary user-centred research to explore opportunities for the continued development of the Future Piano.
Our work continues...
Next stop New York
Some of our KD team members are flying out to New York ready to meet up with one of our biggest clients. Whilst on the other side of the pond they will be working on a major launch campaign that has already taken them to London and Tokyo. We're looking forward to telling you more about this one soon!
KD visit Japan with film crew for major new project
We recently flew some of the team out to Japan as part of a new major project. Whilst out there we made sure they had plenty of time to catch up with friends of KD and try out all of the fantastic local delicacies (the less we say about the karaoke the better...).
KD do Shenzhen Design Week 2017
Our very own Tristram Keech will be speaking at Shenzhen Design Week 2017 in China. He will be joined by a panel of industrial designers as part of the event's “Global Crowd-sourcing Conference”, where together they will be discussing the importance of crowd-sourcing and commercial design in a quickly evolving industry.
KD now working with LiuGong Machinery Co.
We've recently started working with LiuGong Machinery Co. - a Chinese multinational construction machinery manufacturing company based Liuzhou.
We look forward to keeping you updated on this one!
Trend hunting at Salone del Mobile Milano 2017
We've sent one of our designers to Milan for a week of intense trend hunting!
Every year we visit the world famous exhibition to explore and report back on the latest in the design world. Being a design orientated consultancy it is always important that we make time for these events to keep up-to-date and relevant on the ever-changing face of design.
KD working with Institute for Aerospace Technology on new sustainable transport
Working on future solutions to today's biggest problems, it doesn't get much better than that for a designer!
Conducting global research with Trinity Japan
We recently welcomed some of the design research team from Trinity Japan to our studio for an intensive week of European trends research.
We also invited an excellent selection of industry leaders in interior and product design, all with rich and varied experiences of the European market. Over the week long session we were able understand and pinpoint the key movements in interior and lifestyle trends, with this information then being used to inform and shape future products.
625 Stool ready for production in New Zealand
Every now and then we like to spend a little bit of time on our own products. One we've been working on recently is the 625 Bar Stool, CNC'd from sheet ply with the option of laminate or natural finishes. One of our good friends over in New Zealand is currently preparing to begin making the stools for retail! We're building up quite a range of ply furniture and can't wait to add some more to the list.
Epson LW-Z900 wins prestigious iF Design Award
Designed to survive in the most testing environments of the construction industry, the rugged aesthetic of the LW-Z900 has been awarded with a Product category iF Design Award.
'Combining advanced functionality and portability to greatly improve work efficiency. A unique polyhedron styling gives excellent holdability with one or both hands. The red body stands out in dark environments, and the large handle using elastomer material resistant to shock and scratches.