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Exotic cars and autonomous ideas, Geneva Show highlights

Autonomous driving is side-tracking. The conversation has temporarily diverted from its original explosive futuristic narrative for an altogether more tangible one. The automotive world is looking at more pragmatic solutions that can be applied now, without the complications of full autonomy. Read the full review originally published in Wallpaper* here. Read more on the McLaren 720S, the […]

Kashan, Ameri Ghajar House

Happy Nowruz

Welcoming the first hour and the first day of spring… To quote the great Persian poet Hafez: ‘Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh, because that is the purest sound.’ Nowruz mobarak – happy Persian New Year Here’s to a more peaceful year for all world citizens     Design Talks | The […]

Grayson Perry, Death of a Working Hero, 2016, Tapestry, 250 x 200 cm © The Artist Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London. Photographer: Stephen White

Can cultural spaces and galleries be landscapes of ideas?

I have strong views on the vital role of the visual arts and culture to help shape society and vice versa. My thoughts are that a degree of social engagement is necessary, especially in these volatile times. Without which these are just decoration, an ego massage, or worse strictly commercial enterprises. This applies as much […]

McLaren 720S at Geneva Motor Show 2017

Introducing the dramatic McLaren 720S supercar

‘It is special,’ smiles McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt pointing to the latest 720S that proceeds the 650S in the Super Series. ‘It almost feels like a milestone in the maturity and development of the company,’ he told me at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week for this car represents the first production […]

'Henrietta Tiarks Among The Trees' sees Mark Shaw capture the Duchess of Bedford as she models a green suit by Jules François Crahay of Nina Ricci at Palais Royale, Paris 1959. Copyright © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com

Celebrated photographer Mark Shaw exhibits at Aston Martin

Art of Living is luxury carmaker Aston Martin’s lifestyle arm, dedicated to exploring the world surrounding its exotic sports cars. Through carefully-considered partnerships, this sub-brand of sorts offers clothing and accessory lines, luxury apartments, wild and exclusive experiences. The latest Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time is an exhibition of the work of the celebrated 1950s and 60s fashion photographer, […]

Diébédo Francis Kéré 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins Serpentine Pavilion 2017 project

A pavilion that mimics a grand tree and offers a spectacular waterfall has won the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion project. The Serpentine Gallery’s artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel have named architect Diébédo Francis Kéré the latest designer for the annual project. The award-winning architect, who leads Kéré Architecture in Berlin, will bring […]

Jon Bannenberg blueprints © Bannenberg & Rowell

Meet Bannenberg & Rowell, celebrated yacht designer studio

I meet with Dickie Bannenberg, partner at the celebrated Bannenberg & Rowell studio, to discusses yacht design and Jon Bannenberg, the founder of modern yacht design

Bentley Supersports introduces tailored carbon fibre elements

Bentley explores colour and texture with Continental Supersports

I visit the home of Bentley Motors in Crewe to meet with the marque’s director of interior design Romulus Rost to see how his team have crafted the new Continental Supersports cabin, working with and exploring interesting materials, textures and applications to express modern luxury for the car maker’s highest performance GT. Read the full […]

Charlier Morrissey at Siobhan Davies Dance Barbican

Siobhan Davies explores body, movement, gesture

Dancers and artists move in measured motion around installations, projections and academic text in The Curve gallery at the Barbican Centre. It is the opening night of material/rearranged/to/be, an ambitious new performance work by Siobhan Davies Dance. The touring exhibition is a continuous moving landscape exploring non-verbal communication and gesture through a diverse group of […]

Women’s March London 21 January 2017 - Photo © Leigh Banks

The young, spirited voices changing darkness into light

This weekend over 600 cities around the world took to the streets to protest against the aggressively nationalist and populist politics that has found its voice so explicitly in Donald Trump and his blatantly deluded supporters. Organised to coincide with his first day as US president, the Women’s March has got to be one of the most spontaneous and […]

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Kashan, Ameri Ghajar House

Happy Nowruz

Welcoming the first hour and the first day of spring… To quote the great Persian poet Hafez: ‘Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh, because that is the purest sound.’ Nowruz mobarak – happy Persian New Year Here’s to a more peaceful year for all world citizens     Design Talks | The […]

Grayson Perry, Death of a Working Hero, 2016, Tapestry, 250 x 200 cm © The Artist Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London. Photographer: Stephen White

Can cultural spaces and galleries be landscapes of ideas?

I have strong views on the vital role of the visual arts and culture to help shape society and vice versa. My thoughts are that a degree of social engagement is necessary, especially in these volatile times. Without which these are just decoration, an ego massage, or worse strictly commercial enterprises. This applies as much […]

McLaren 720S at Geneva Motor Show 2017

Introducing the dramatic McLaren 720S supercar

‘It is special,’ smiles McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt pointing to the latest 720S that proceeds the 650S in the Super Series. ‘It almost feels like a milestone in the maturity and development of the company,’ he told me at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week for this car represents the first production […]

'Henrietta Tiarks Among The Trees' sees Mark Shaw capture the Duchess of Bedford as she models a green suit by Jules François Crahay of Nina Ricci at Palais Royale, Paris 1959. Copyright © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com

Celebrated photographer Mark Shaw exhibits at Aston Martin

Art of Living is luxury carmaker Aston Martin’s lifestyle arm, dedicated to exploring the world surrounding its exotic sports cars. Through carefully-considered partnerships, this sub-brand of sorts offers clothing and accessory lines, luxury apartments, wild and exclusive experiences. The latest Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time is an exhibition of the work of the celebrated 1950s and 60s fashion photographer, […]

Diébédo Francis Kéré 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins Serpentine Pavilion 2017 project

A pavilion that mimics a grand tree and offers a spectacular waterfall has won the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion project. The Serpentine Gallery’s artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel have named architect Diébédo Francis Kéré the latest designer for the annual project. The award-winning architect, who leads Kéré Architecture in Berlin, will bring […]

Jon Bannenberg blueprints © Bannenberg & Rowell

Meet Bannenberg & Rowell, celebrated yacht designer studio

I meet with Dickie Bannenberg, partner at the celebrated Bannenberg & Rowell studio, to discusses yacht design and Jon Bannenberg, the founder of modern yacht design