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Fiat 500R 1957

Salute better times: Fiat 500 Vintage ‘57

Wandering the bustling streets of Turin and on entering the vast space that is Centro Storico Fiat today, it is hard to imagine the austere Italy of post war years. The spacious 1907 art nouveau building has been exhibiting a rich collection of automotive and industrial designs, as well as advertising from Fiat since it […]

Homesick 2014 Hrair Sarkissian Photograph ABMB Positions_Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Greece

Political art: Imagined Futures

With contemporary art so deeply involved with the self, drunk on the vanity of the image, and so intertwined with the world of money, glitz and glamour, it is refreshing to come across an exhibition that is not afraid to be political. Hrair Sarkissian is involved with big explosive narratives. The Syrian born artist’s work […]

Unfallen Angels II, 2009, © Ann Ray - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In his last collection before his death in February 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen returned to nature for inspiration. ‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature,’ wrote the designer. Plato’s Atlantis was inspired by Darwin’s 1859 the Origins of Species with a narrative that concerns itself with devolution rather the evolution of mankind. Here McQueen’s […]

Quilted wood inside the doors of Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6concept

Introducing the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 coupé

These are exciting times for Bentley – this is a radical marque in bourgeois disguise. Steering the creative energy is Luc Donckerwolke, the gifted design director who has been quietly, quietly making some fundamental changes here since he joined over two years ago. Soon on his arrival Donckerwolke formed an entirely new team (the ‘dream […]

Cary Grant reading credit BFI

Celebrating World Book Day

Today is World Book Day and we are using this occasion to celebrate books in all their shapes and sizes. Contrary to predictions that the internet will erase our love and need for print, book publishing is on the rise pretty much everywhere around the world. The FT Weekend ran an uplifting piece recently about […]

Neil Kenlock Untitled Young woman seated on the floor at home in front of her television set, London 1972, Neil Kenlock, credit Victoria and Albert London

Staying Power: Photographs of black British experience

The V&A in London is displaying over fifty recently acquired photographs exploring the experiences of black people in Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, enhanced by excerpts from oral histories gathered by Black Cultural Archives. Over the last seven years the museum has been acquiring photographs by black photographers and those which […]

Jaime Hayon and Anders Warming of BMW for the MINI installation at Salone del Mobile

Cars and design unite at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Amongst the many, many creative festivals around the world, the Salone del Mobile has maintained its position as one of the most significant. When it comes to spotting the latest trends in design, in new materials, in concepts, in people, the Milan design week in April is the place to visit. Here, the city transforms […]

Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni, ©Martini & Rossi

Martini, endorsing the avant-garde

A new world has opened up to us through a project we’ve been involved with. The Life Negroni is a book about a classic Italian cocktail. It is also the story of so many other elements, including history, people, art, design and branding – the components that have created this drink. And it has been […]

Hot to Cold, an odyssey of architectural adaptation

Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

More than sixty three-dimensional architectural models, mock-ups and prototypes by Danish architect BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group dramatically suspend from the second-floor of the National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall. Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation guides visitors on quite a journey, from the scorching heat of the Arabian desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish […]

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 […]

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Unfallen Angels II, 2009, © Ann Ray - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In his last collection before his death in February 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen returned to nature for inspiration. ‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature,’ wrote the designer. Plato’s Atlantis was inspired by Darwin’s 1859 the Origins of Species with a narrative that concerns itself with devolution rather the evolution of mankind. Here McQueen’s […]

Quilted wood inside the doors of Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6concept

Introducing the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 coupé

These are exciting times for Bentley – this is a radical marque in bourgeois disguise. Steering the creative energy is Luc Donckerwolke, the gifted design director who has been quietly, quietly making some fundamental changes here since he joined over two years ago. Soon on his arrival Donckerwolke formed an entirely new team (the ‘dream […]

Jaime Hayon and Anders Warming of BMW for the MINI installation at Salone del Mobile

Cars and design unite at Salone del Mobile in Milan

Amongst the many, many creative festivals around the world, the Salone del Mobile has maintained its position as one of the most significant. When it comes to spotting the latest trends in design, in new materials, in concepts, in people, the Milan design week in April is the place to visit. Here, the city transforms […]

Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni, ©Martini & Rossi

Martini, endorsing the avant-garde

A new world has opened up to us through a project we’ve been involved with. The Life Negroni is a book about a classic Italian cocktail. It is also the story of so many other elements, including history, people, art, design and branding – the components that have created this drink. And it has been […]

Hot to Cold, an odyssey of architectural adaptation

Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation

More than sixty three-dimensional architectural models, mock-ups and prototypes by Danish architect BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group dramatically suspend from the second-floor of the National Building Museum’s historic Great Hall. Hot to Cold: an odyssey of architectural adaptation guides visitors on quite a journey, from the scorching heat of the Arabian desert to the unforgiving chill of the Finnish […]

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 […]