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The Contemporary House

Discover innovative, extreme, ingenious urban designs in ‘The Contemporary House’

‘The Contemporary House’ by Thames & Hudson is an informative study of some of the innovative, extreme and ingenious urban designs of the 21st century; architecture that is responding to our current concerns – mass migration, rapid urbanisation and the environment.

Guido © Gary di Silvio (CRA), Carlo Turati and Marco Conte (Makr Shakr)

Guido, the self-driving, self-mixing urban bar-on-demand

Guido is a self-driving robotics bar concept by the Italian designer Carlo Ratti and robotics bartender experts Makr Shakr offering an app-based on-demand Uber-style system to create social hubs in otherwise neglected urban areas.

Tokyo to Paris: a car as an expression of David Bowie

This is ‘A portrait of db’, an art car and a tribute to the singer-songwriter David Bowie by an innovative team of independent car and industrial designers from Paris to be on show this month at Exposition Concept Car in Paris

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Japan House London presents ‘Prototyping in Tokyo’ to illustrate design-led innovation

‘Prototyping in Tokyo’ at Japan House London is a glimpse into the future with a touch of the present. This is about exploring the potential of prototypes to act as a link between cutting-edge technology and society. The 3D printed objects, moving mini robots and prosthetics on display offer a human touch to machinery. This is warm tech – technology not made for the ego, but for progressing life.

Top car creative partnerships of 2018: Art, design and architecture

Car cultural collaborations have to be relevant to our time and to the brand, otherwise they can feel a touch ornamental. As the industry dips its toes ever-deeper into the creative world, eager to build brands based on not just vehicle sales but offering a broader lifestyle, here are the most interesting art, design and creative collaborations of 2018. 

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

Best car designs of 2018: Luxury, clean, autonomous

It has been an interesting year for the motor car as the auto world navigates the post-petrol age. Whereas sustainable driving used to mean compromising on style and performance, it appears we need not lose much, if anything, from the golden age of the motor car. Here are my top car designs of 2018.

Zac Langdon-Pole's "Residuals (a)" 2018, aluminum tool case with Greater Bird of Paradise taxidermy, Muonionalusta meteorite from Sweden, Nantan meteorite from China

BMW Art Journey with Art Basel explores civilisations

Zac Langdon-Pole takes on star-mapping and civilisations in the latest BMW Art Journey with Art Basel. Read the interview with the Berlin-based, New Zealand-born artist here.

The Iconic House

Best new books on architecture and design for 2018

The best of the new books on for 2018: A review of some of the latest books on architecture and design, industrial design, sustainable cars and bikes and speculative design.

The Current - New Wheels for the Post-Petrol Age by Gestalten 2018

New books: The Current by Gestalten

Against the noise and pollution of modern industrial cities, a group of creatives, inventors and idealists are pioneering a new age of mobility. The Current book by Gestalten takes a closer look at the concept and production cars, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles and progressive movements leading the way.

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Japan House London presents ‘Subtle’ to salute paper art

Japan House London presents ‘Subtle’, an exhibition that sets out to explore the possibilities of paper, and celebrate the delicate and intricate craft of paper art

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Guido © Gary di Silvio (CRA), Carlo Turati and Marco Conte (Makr Shakr)

Guido, the self-driving, self-mixing urban bar-on-demand

Guido is a self-driving robotics bar concept by the Italian designer Carlo Ratti and robotics bartender experts Makr Shakr offering an app-based on-demand Uber-style system to create social hubs in otherwise neglected urban areas.

Tokyo to Paris: a car as an expression of David Bowie

This is ‘A portrait of db’, an art car and a tribute to the singer-songwriter David Bowie by an innovative team of independent car and industrial designers from Paris to be on show this month at Exposition Concept Car in Paris

Ready to Crawl

Japan House London presents ‘Prototyping in Tokyo’ to illustrate design-led innovation

‘Prototyping in Tokyo’ at Japan House London is a glimpse into the future with a touch of the present. This is about exploring the potential of prototypes to act as a link between cutting-edge technology and society. The 3D printed objects, moving mini robots and prosthetics on display offer a human touch to machinery. This is warm tech – technology not made for the ego, but for progressing life.

Top car creative partnerships of 2018: Art, design and architecture

Car cultural collaborations have to be relevant to our time and to the brand, otherwise they can feel a touch ornamental. As the industry dips its toes ever-deeper into the creative world, eager to build brands based on not just vehicle sales but offering a broader lifestyle, here are the most interesting art, design and creative collaborations of 2018. 

Automobili Pininfarina Battista

Best car designs of 2018: Luxury, clean, autonomous

It has been an interesting year for the motor car as the auto world navigates the post-petrol age. Whereas sustainable driving used to mean compromising on style and performance, it appears we need not lose much, if anything, from the golden age of the motor car. Here are my top car designs of 2018.

Zac Langdon-Pole's "Residuals (a)" 2018, aluminum tool case with Greater Bird of Paradise taxidermy, Muonionalusta meteorite from Sweden, Nantan meteorite from China

BMW Art Journey with Art Basel explores civilisations

Zac Langdon-Pole takes on star-mapping and civilisations in the latest BMW Art Journey with Art Basel. Read the interview with the Berlin-based, New Zealand-born artist here.