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Competition: win Universal Design Studio's new book

For our latest competition, we've teamed up with architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio to offer readers the chance to win a copy of their inaugural monograph, Universal Design Studio: Inside Out.

Published in 2021 by design book publisher Phaidon, the book showcases how Universal has spent two decades "shaping the way people live, work and play" through architecture and interiors.

The book is organised into three thematic chapters titled Human, Rigour and Transformative, each offering an insight into a variety of the studio's projects, including boutique hotels, restaurants, retail environments and workspaces, to galleries, museums and cultural institutions.

By entering our latest competition, 10 lucky Dezeen readers will win a copy of Universal Design Studio: Inside Out.

Universal Design Studio: Inside Out
Ten Dezeen readers will win a copy of Universal Design Studio: Inside Out

The book features a selection of Universal's most renowned architecture and interior projects, from flagship retail interiors for Stella McCartney to exhibitions for cultural institutions like London's Science Museum.

The book includes photography of finished buildings and interiors alongside process and archival imagery such as sketches, renders, references, detail shots and drawings.

Universal Studio: Inside out
Universal Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice

It also goes into detail about the studio's creative process and project hallmarks that provide insight into how Universal works, "foregrounding themes that run across the entire body of work". Each chapter features a conversation between the studio and a selected collaborator from different sectors.

"Collaboration is a key signifier for us, we are constantly seeking out those projects that will expose us to new propositions or techniques because this means bringing new perspectives, people and ideas together," said director at Universal, Paul Gulati.

"We firmly believe that a diversity of outlooks adds depth and nuance to projects, and provides the design team with more opportunities for productive collisions."

Universal Design Studio: Inside out
Universal Design Studio: Inside Out showcases a variety of projects by the studio

The book includes a foreword from founders Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, an introduction from principal Jason Holley and director Paul Gulati, and contributions from across the team, including director, Carly Sweeney, and creative directors, Sonia Tomic, Satoshi Isono and Nick Rolls.

"As a project for the two of us and our colleagues, the creation of a book that charts twenty years of Universal Design Studio is as much an opportunity to reframe our work in readiness for what lies ahead as it is a reflection on how the studio started and evolved," said principal of Universal, Jason Holley.

The studio has completed projects for Ace Hotel, Fortnum & Mason, At Six Stockholm, British Land, Rimowa, the Victoria & Albert Museum, IBM and Frieze Art Fair.

"If the end results of a Universal Design Studio project are truly successful then there should be a strong response to human needs, artfully produced through a rigorous process, providing spaces that are transformative for the people and the places involved," said Holley.

Founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in 2001, Universal Design Studio is a multidisciplinary practice that has completed projects ranging from interiors, architecture, industrial design and furniture.

To find out more about the studio, visit its recently redesigned website.

This competition has now closed. Terms and conditions apply. Ten readers will win a copy of Universal Design Studio: Inside Out. The winner will be selected at random and notified by email.

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