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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 […]

Crocodile necklace made as a special order for María Félix. Cartier Paris, special order, 1975. Gold, diamonds, emeralds, rubies; Length 30 cm. and 27.3 cm. Cartier Collection. Photo: Nick Welsh, Cartier Collection © Cartier

Cartier in the Twentieth Century

The first wristwatch Cartier created was in 1904, the square-shaped Santos-Dumont bracelet for the Brazilian pilot of the same name who had complained to his friend Louis Cartier, the grandson of the founder, that he couldn’t tell the time with both hands on the controls whilst flying. It was arguably the Tank prototype of 1917, however, that set […]

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 […]

Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen, 2009-10, Model Magdalena Frackowiak, Image © firstVIEW

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 […]

Val Valentine. Paipo nui, Hawai'i, 1960s. Surfing Heritage & Culture Centre

Book review: Surf Craft

Surfboards conjure up an exciting picture. Brilliant sun, vast blue seas, toned, tanned bodies… the sheer thrill, and of the course the danger, of riding the waves, of conquering the ocean. You cannot get much sexier. Like all good things in life, surfing too has become a victim of commercialisation, the surfboard  fighting to maintain […]

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 […]

Peugeot Quartz concept

Trends in car design from Paris

Earlier this month we attended the Paris Motor Show, one of the most important annual international exhibitions (it rotates yearly with Frankfurt). These shows are intense… they are loud, bright and pretty exhausting yet it is a great place to spot the latest trends in car design, and generally catch up on industry news. This […]

Jeremy Wintrebert’s Clouds gives Murano glass blowing a contemporary perspective at FUMI UK

Objects of desire: Pavilion Art & Design

It is Frieze Week, as it is come to be known, and London is at the centre if an art-frenzy. There is so much going on that the sheer volume is exhausting, and it is impossible to keep up. It is also becoming increasingly tough to shine in such an art-packed annual schedule. The art […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Peugeot Quartz concept

Trends in car design from Paris

Earlier this month we attended the Paris Motor Show, one of the most important annual international exhibitions (it rotates yearly with Frankfurt). These shows are intense… they are loud, bright and pretty exhausting yet it is a great place to spot the latest trends in car design, and generally catch up on industry news. This […]

Jeremy Wintrebert’s Clouds gives Murano glass blowing a contemporary perspective at FUMI UK

Objects of desire: Pavilion Art & Design

It is Frieze Week, as it is come to be known, and London is at the centre if an art-frenzy. There is so much going on that the sheer volume is exhausting, and it is impossible to keep up. It is also becoming increasingly tough to shine in such an art-packed annual schedule. The art […]

Nadav Kander, Constructing Worlds Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, Installation images, Barbican Art Gallery, 25 Sept 2014 – 11 Jan 2015 © Chris Jackson / Getty Images

Constructing Worlds: Architectural Photography

Should architecture photography look beyond documenting the built environment? This is the question raised by Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age, the latest exhibition at London’s Barbican Art Gallery. Here the curators have set out to explore the power of photography to reveal wider truths about our society. And it is an […]