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World of Charles and Ray Eames © Thames and Hudson

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

For designers context is destiny, writes Sam Jacobs half way through The World of Charles and Ray Eames. The time and place in which the designer happens to emerge is decisive in shaping their world, he argues. And in this context Charles and Ray Eames are intimately connected with mid-century California. It would be impossible […]

Marella Rivolta-Zagato, Art Director Zagato, Erik Goplen, Exterior Designer BMW Group DesignworksUSA, and Karim Habib, Head of Design BMW Automobiles, at Zagato in Milan

What is luxury? BMW chief designer discusses

The concept of luxury has evolved to include a much more complex set of values. Time, authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skills and memory – these are just some of the concepts joining the more classic terms associated with luxury. And going forward, when the car becomes essentially a high-tech gadget in the age of autonomous […]

Rolls-Royce Hamper special edition

What is luxury? Rolls-Royce design director discusses

The concept of luxury has evolved to include a much more complex set of values. Time, authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skills and memory – these are just some of the concepts joining the more classic terms associated with luxury. And going forward, when the car becomes essentially a high-tech gadget in the age of autonomous […]

Mazda commissioned this lacquered box by Kinjo Ikkokusai, the seventh generation of a family of lacquerware makers in Hiroshima, uses the cho-shitsu technique and crushed eggshells

Reclaiming the word luxury

I’m often asked to consult for luxury brands, to consider what is luxury now and in the future, and how to communicate this effectively editorially and otherwise. This came to mind whilst watching Boyhood the other night. Not being my first screening, I was able to reflect on it in peace. For anyone who hasn’t seen […]

The Life Negroni Poster Art

The Life Negroni inspires original poster art

These limited-edition prints have been designed and created by the Spinach art team and are inspired by our latest book The Life Negroni. The ‪Negroni, we feel, is much more than a simple cocktail. It took on the world of art, design, fashion, music, cinema, politics, poetry – the Italian Futurists, the avant-garde. One poster art takes inspiration from […]

The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Installation view of moulded plywood furniture, Barbican Art Gallery, London 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 © Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

Learning from the Eameses

‘Is design an expression of art?’ we hear a voice ask Charles Eames to which he replies ‘design is the expression of purpose’. The video completes The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a brilliant look into the life and work of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames, two of the most celebrated designers of the […]

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995. 3 black and white prints, each 148 x 121 cm © Ai Weiwei

Political art: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Ai Weiwei’s work is full of contrasts and contradictions. They are at once robust and fragile, awkward and meticulously crafted, brutal and beautiful. The making reflects the message. Ai sculpts handcuffs from the precious jade, scribbles the Coca Cola logo on an ancient vase, and smashes another in a photographic sequence as a note on […]

Tehran Ghajaar Golestan Palace © Design Talks

Tehran, Esfahan, Kashan – a road trip in picture

The road connecting Tehran to Esfahan cuts through the arid Dasht-e Kavir. We drive for hours in silence absorbing its raw beauty. The contrast on entering Esfahan is enormous. The former capital under the Safavids instantly seduces with its delicate poetic charm, rich architectural heritage and leafy boulevards. As does neighbouring Kashan, the kings’ vacation spot, […]

Mercedes-Benz Concept IAA” (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile

What is luxury? Mercedes-Benz design director discusses

The concept of luxury has evolved to include a much more complex set of values. Time, authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skills and memory – these are just some of the concepts joining the more classic terms associated with luxury. And going forward, when the car becomes essentially a high-tech gadget in the age of autonomous […]

The Life Negroni cover Image flat ©Spinach

The Life Negroni, an ode to the sweet life

October saw the publication of a book that I’ve been working on for over a year. The Life Negroni is a labour of love. We travelled through Europe and beyond to meet almost everyone featured in this book, and it has been such an exciting and rewarding project to be involved with. The book straddles the world […]

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Rolls-Royce Hamper special edition

What is luxury? Rolls-Royce design director discusses

The concept of luxury has evolved to include a much more complex set of values. Time, authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skills and memory – these are just some of the concepts joining the more classic terms associated with luxury. And going forward, when the car becomes essentially a high-tech gadget in the age of autonomous […]

Mazda commissioned this lacquered box by Kinjo Ikkokusai, the seventh generation of a family of lacquerware makers in Hiroshima, uses the cho-shitsu technique and crushed eggshells

Reclaiming the word luxury

I’m often asked to consult for luxury brands, to consider what is luxury now and in the future, and how to communicate this effectively editorially and otherwise. This came to mind whilst watching Boyhood the other night. Not being my first screening, I was able to reflect on it in peace. For anyone who hasn’t seen […]

The Life Negroni Poster Art

The Life Negroni inspires original poster art

These limited-edition prints have been designed and created by the Spinach art team and are inspired by our latest book The Life Negroni. The ‪Negroni, we feel, is much more than a simple cocktail. It took on the world of art, design, fashion, music, cinema, politics, poetry – the Italian Futurists, the avant-garde. One poster art takes inspiration from […]

The World of Charles and Ray Eames, Installation view of moulded plywood furniture, Barbican Art Gallery, London 21 October 2015 – 14 February 2016 © Tristan Fewings/ Getty Images

Learning from the Eameses

‘Is design an expression of art?’ we hear a voice ask Charles Eames to which he replies ‘design is the expression of purpose’. The video completes The World of Charles and Ray Eames, a brilliant look into the life and work of Charles (1907-1978) and Ray (1912-1988) Eames, two of the most celebrated designers of the […]

Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 1995. 3 black and white prints, each 148 x 121 cm © Ai Weiwei

Political art: Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy

Ai Weiwei’s work is full of contrasts and contradictions. They are at once robust and fragile, awkward and meticulously crafted, brutal and beautiful. The making reflects the message. Ai sculpts handcuffs from the precious jade, scribbles the Coca Cola logo on an ancient vase, and smashes another in a photographic sequence as a note on […]

Tehran Ghajaar Golestan Palace © Design Talks

Tehran, Esfahan, Kashan – a road trip in picture

The road connecting Tehran to Esfahan cuts through the arid Dasht-e Kavir. We drive for hours in silence absorbing its raw beauty. The contrast on entering Esfahan is enormous. The former capital under the Safavids instantly seduces with its delicate poetic charm, rich architectural heritage and leafy boulevards. As does neighbouring Kashan, the kings’ vacation spot, […]