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Our Panasonic experience at Pinewood Studios

As the economy seems to falling back into decline and markets all over the world severely suffering, there is one sector which is lucky enough to have been given a recession-free pass. The technology industry is growing at a fast rate especially in parts of Asia and one brand, Panasonic has taken this opportunity to expand its “techi savvy” product range and sprinkle the UK with a bit of Japanese living star dust.

Based at the bustling Pinewood Studios in London, the Panasonic Experience Studio was set up 8 weeks ago to give businesses and people the chance to sample their latest range of retail screens, 3D televisions, interactive plasma’s and 2012 Olympics range.

The National Design Academy tutor team, Directors, NDA Private Clients Manager and of course myself (not wanting to miss out on anything exciting) made the trip to Panasonic’s studio to see first hand what all the fuss was about and how this latest technology would be stitched into the Interior Design industry.

As we made our way up to the studio, my camera was out and ready to get snappy happy and the group were becoming extremely excited to see what was in store. As soon as we stepped into the hallway before entering the studio, gasps and oooo’s were exhaled and a rush of bodies proceeded to the corner.

A brilliant sales tool on Panasonic’s part, they had cleverly placed a tall interactive screen in the corner of the room (above) that allowed a person to manoeuvre and manipulate what showed on screen – it reminded me of something from CSI Miami! In fact, this screen is similar to those which will be distributed around London during the 2012 Olympic games as information guides. Everyone was hooked by this point.

We were then ushered into the main studio which was nearly pitch black, except for spots of bright flickering screens lining the edges of the room. I was rather impressed with the trio of towering screens lacing the back wall, with what appeared to be the angels from the Lynx adverts trying to smash their way out of the screens.

The group were shown an rather impressive 103 inch plasma screen, fully interactive and used by Sky Sports presenters in the studio. This big boy has up to 6 points of contact, can use live feeds and uses infrared technology to follow contact, which means you don’t even have to touch the screen to use it! For roughly £50,000 smackers you could have one of these all to yourself!

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The UK’s first degrees in Retail, Outdoor and Heritage Design start on Monday!

As August is literally on our doorstep and the British summer practically slipping through our mitts, it can all get a bit doom and gloom. But for us design enthusiasts, there’s something great to look forward to! Look over the hill and into next Monday you’ll find three new interior design courses, Retail, Heritage and Outdoor Living,  the first of their kind in the UK.  The National Design Academy in Nottingham will launch these sparkling new courses next week that will give students the chance to study a specialist area of interior design.

Retail design is becoming huge business with companies wanting their shop interiors to be more cutting edge than the competition. Window displays need to be bigger, brighter and bolder than the last to attract every last fashionista!

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Design of the Day – A futuristic clubbing experience by Muti Raldolp

If you want the ultimate clubbing experience, dance bar D-Edge in Sao Paolo, Brazil has had a lighting system installed that changes colour and redesigns itself to the beat of the music. It’s not just a simple set of lights in the ceiling , the whole building was designed to let clubbers visually see sound and enhance their experience.

The original club was the first in Brazil to integrate sound and light systems using LEDs and custom software, it was named state-of-the-art when it first opening in 2003. The owner bought the building next door and commissioned Brazilian lighting installation master Muti Raldolp to work his magic on all four floors.

The dance floor is made from wood stripes embedded with LEDs and a 3D circuitry system displays live animations which connect the ceiling, bar, a wall and DJ booth. On another wall, a huge mirror reflects light while actually doubling as a cover for a massive 20 m high window behind it. The mirror is embedded with LED light boxes that emit light to the inside and outside – wow! It reminds me of the Black Eyed Peas video “Boom Boom Boom”, with Will.I.Am showing off his funky dancing in the middle of a computer generated cube.

This futuristic music box includes a dance floor, smoking area, restrooms, a second entrance, accessibility lift and a terrace – get me a flight I’m there!

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Design of the day

Only for Louboutin

World renowned luxury French footwear designer Christian Louboutin makes sure his boutiques are as beautiful as his shoes. Designers Studio XAG created this window installation for Louboutins’ Mount Street store in London. The brightly lit perspex letters spell out the word “Louboutin” and stacks of his shoes are perched on top for all to admire or drool at! Inspired by the dazzling lights of Las Vegas,  this shop window is made to stop you in your tracks and is an innovative example of fine visual merchandising.

Images from dezeen.com by Susie Rea

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