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C is for Le Corbusier ©Laurence King Publishing

Archibet, from Aalto to Zaha Hadid

A charming little book arrived here this week. Archibet is the work of the Italian architect and graphic designer Federico Babina who has set about creating an alphabet book inspired by some of the world’s most talented architects. Designed as postcards, each of the 26 pages is dedicated to an alphabet and a corresponding creative […]

The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

The Afterlife of Emerson Tang

There was so much to admire about Modernism. The art, architecture, design, the ideology of the early part of the last century informed our contemporary life. The automobile, the personal motorcar, too has been pivotal to our modern existence. To find new ways of living in a world that is so very different to that […]

Mercedes F015 Luxury in Motion

Mercedes autonomous car

Mercedes-Benz is proposing to re-invent the automobile with the F015 Luxury in Motion study revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas. This sleek car has been designed to be an autonomous vehicle, a mobile living space, a private retreat offering space and time – two luxuries that we are increasingly in need […]

Egon Schiele (1890-1918) Crouching Woman with Green Kerchief, 1914 (c)The Leopold Museum, Vienna

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude

Limbs twisting and twirling, awkward bodies of skinny flesh, taut muscles and angular bone, explicit poses… images that by definition should be sexual but are instead raw, expressive, at times angry and disturbing, yet striking and hypnotic. Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude at the Courtauld Gallery is a terrific, tightly focused exhibition that reveals some of […]

1. Charles Jourdan, Spring 1979 © Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin: Image maker

French fashion photographer and artist Guy Bourdin rose to fame in the 1970s for his provocative work. His first major retrospective in the UK, Guy Bourdin: Image-Maker at Somerset House, sets out to capture the 40-year career of this enigmatic creative from Man Ray’s protégé to famed photographer. In Bourdin’s fashion photography the product is […]

Louise Bourgeois

Design Talks wishes you a Happy New Year

‘Art is the guarantee of sanity’… a quote very close to our hearts from Louise Bourgeois. We wish you a creative, inventive, imaginative New Year

Audi Prologue, sketch of the digital dashboard

Marc Lichte discusses the Audi Prologue

Last week we were invited to Milan to witness the European premier of a new concept car by Audi and to meet the man who penned it, chief designer Marc Lichte. The venue was a rather unusual pop-up boutique nestled in the fashionable Brera design district – the twinkling festive decorations outside adding a bit of […]

Girl in blue facing camera Rome 1981 ©Dolce Via by Charles H. Traub

Dolce Via, Italy in the 1980s

Italy seduces, with its enduring pursuit of la dolce vita – the sweet life that is at once sensual and dangerous, cool and sad, bursting with pleasure… captured so wonderfully in Federico Fellini’s 1960s classic of the same name. In Dolce Via, Italy in the 1980s, photographer Charles Traub’s lense aims for a similar feel. […]

Renaud Marion Air Drive Aston Martin DB5 (c) Renaud Marion

Renaud Marion’s flying cars

Renaud Marion dreams of flying cars. His Air Drive series are almost retro-style images celebrating at once the glorious days of the automobile and the futuristic transport of tomorrow. Inspired by science fiction films and artists – the Star Wars landspeeder and soaring machines by French artist Moebius to name a few – here nine wheel-less hovercrafts, each based on a […]

Tatiana Bruni, The Drunkard, Costume Design for ‘The Bolt’, 1931, Courtesy GRAD and St Petersburg Museum of Theatre and Music

The Bolt: Shostakovich’s controversial ballet

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote The Bolt in 1931. It was a piece of musical experimentation, a ballet of unruly satire, populated by a host of comical characters. The Bolt is based on a true story that follows the exploits of Lyonka Gulba (Gulba in Russian means idler), an indolent worker who persuades a young man to […]

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Mercedes F015 Luxury in Motion

Mercedes autonomous car

Mercedes-Benz is proposing to re-invent the automobile with the F015 Luxury in Motion study revealed this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vagas. This sleek car has been designed to be an autonomous vehicle, a mobile living space, a private retreat offering space and time – two luxuries that we are increasingly in need […]

Louise Bourgeois

Design Talks wishes you a Happy New Year

‘Art is the guarantee of sanity’… a quote very close to our hearts from Louise Bourgeois. We wish you a creative, inventive, imaginative New Year

Audi Prologue, sketch of the digital dashboard

Marc Lichte discusses the Audi Prologue

Last week we were invited to Milan to witness the European premier of a new concept car by Audi and to meet the man who penned it, chief designer Marc Lichte. The venue was a rather unusual pop-up boutique nestled in the fashionable Brera design district – the twinkling festive decorations outside adding a bit of […]

Sketch of the Jaguar XE

Design review: Jaguar XE

The all-new XE is one of the most significant products launches in Jaguar’s modern-day history. Under the ownership of India’s Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover appears to be going from strength to strength. And much like the small Evoque at sister brand Land Rover, this orms part of the company’s quest for ‘white space’ products […]

Jellyfish ensemble and Armadillo shoes by Alexander McQueen, 2010, Model Polina Kasina, © Lauren Greenfield/INSTITUTE

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty

When New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibited the work of visionary fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen in 2011, it was such a sensation that its run was extend by a week. With over 660,000 visitors, it triumphed into the eighth most popular shows in the Met’s 141-year history. This spring London’s V&A will present […]

Costume design for Life for the Tsar by Vladimir Tatlin, 1913-1915 © A. A. Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre, War, Revolution, Design

It was a time of change. It was a time of hope. In those first thirty years or so of the twentieth-century the artistic world moved in tandem, and at times with the same pulse as the political movements that fought for radical change. In painting Cézanne and then Picasso and Braque changed the way […]