Matthew Williamson as specialist guest judges. In the series – commissioned

L-R: Michelle Ogundehin and Fearne Cotton

TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton will host a new interior design competition show coming soon to BBC. ‘Project Interiors’ will be judged by former editor-in-chief of ELLE Decoration magazine Michelle Ogundehin, who will enlist the help of retail consultant Mary Portas and designers Jade Jagger and

by BBC Two and Netflix – 10 fledgling designers compete to win a design contract with a prestigious commercial client. BBC commissioning editor

Catherine Catton said: “‘Project: “‘Project Interiors’ will see our designers striving to be at the top of their game and hoping to wow the judges. Each week the creative challenge gets tougher as they get closer to the coveted commercial contract.” The designers will be

confronted with a new space to transform each week, from redesigning hairdressing salons


Fearne Cotton to present interior design show

and holiday chalets to hotel bedrooms. Working to tight deadlines, they will be judged on their creative skill, as well as their ability to manage a project from initial planning to execution. Over eight episodes, a

different guest judge will share their expertise, to help Michelle evaluate which designer has achieved the best design and who will be leaving the competition that week. Netflix has acquired the

global rights on ‘Project Interiors’ after it has been aired on BBC Two in the UK. A broadcasting date has not yet been announced.

IKEA opens its first city centre Planning Studio

IKEA launched its IKEA Planning Studio on Tottenham Court Road in London on October 12. The move represents the first

step in IKEA UK and Ireland’s new city centre approach. The Studio specialises in

kitchens and bedroom storage, with the aim of giving customers ‘an easy and convenient way to get the advice and inspiration they need to browse, plan and order furniture for a bigger project in their home’. IKEA London city centre market leader Jane Bisset said: “The

Studio will give Londoners a relaxed and professional experience to get the advice and inspiration they need to plan more complex or large-scale home projects, with the expertise and specialist support of our co-workers, alongside a great service package.” Customers can book an appointment at or drop in at 95 Tottenham Court Road. The Swedish homeware giant is

exploring other locations in London for a similar retail format

Poundland to remove kitchen knives from shops Poundland retail director Austin

Poundland has pledged to completely remove kitchen knives from all of its 755 stores by the end of October – and has called on other high street retailers to follow suit. The discount chain said: ‘This

removal is part of our existing commitment to be the first high street retailer to stop selling kitchen knives in all locations across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.’ Poundland has already

removed kitchen knives from its stores within London and the West Midlands region and is now ramping up its programme to remove the products from other stores.

10 | Over the past four years,

Poundland has made changes to ensure kitchen knives are only sold in sealed plastic packaging and in aisles monitored by CCTV. It has now decided to completely remove kitchen knives ‘following thoughtful reflection about concerns raised by both communities and colleagues’.

Cooke said: “The decision to stop selling kitchen knives nationwide is a commitment that we know means a lot to both our colleagues and customers. “For a long time they’ve

expressed their concern around the associated risk of having knives available and the unfortunate truth is that in the wrong hands, knives can be used for the wrong purpose. “The safety of our colleagues and customers is crucial and we hope our fellow retailers will follow our lead in playing a responsible role in preventing knife-related incidents.”

as part of its ‘new city centre approach, that brings IKEA into the heart of London and complements our larger stores and digital offering, so customers have a wide range of choices that suit their needs and lifestyles’.

Lakeland attempts baking marathon

Lakeland is organising a 30-hour non-stop baking world record attempt at its flagship Windermere store in Cumbria on Friday November 9 and Saturday November 10. Three staff members –

Stella Wilson, Zoey Haliwell and Jane Nicholson – will start baking at 11am on November 9 and will continue until 5pm on November 10 (that’s 30 hours for each colleague).The store and café will be open continuously throughout. A representative from the Guinness World

Records will attend the finale. If successful, framed certificates will be presented to the trio immediately after the event. On November 9, the store is organising a free

drive-in cinema showing blockbusters ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Grease’ at 6pm and 9pm respectively. Places are limited, so booking is required with a £20 refundable deposit. A £10 snack deal will be available from the store’s first floor café too. All proceeds are going to The Royal British Legion charity.

Leana Salamah joins IHA

The International Housewares Association (IHA) has announced that Leana Salamah has joined the US-based trade body as vice president, marketing. Leana succeeds Derek

Miller who became IHA president on October 1. She has 20 years of experience in marketing, including trade show, association and event marketing. She will be responsible for overall management of IHA and International Home + Housewares Show marketing, including IHA brand and member services, show attendance campaigns, digital marketing and public relations and communications. Derek said: “We’re very pleased to have Leana joining our team. Her previous marketing experience and leadership expertise – specifically with trade shows – will benefit not only the Association but the entire industry.” Leana added: “I look forward to collaborating with this talented group of individuals to extend all of the exciting work that has been done to advance the global home products industry.”

October/November 2018

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