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Bruno Munari for Campari 1964

Campari, the art of advertising

Campari is closely linked to Milan. Come aperitivo time, when the bustling city settles to enjoy a drink or two in celebration of the start of the evening, the distinctive bright, red hue decorates almost every bar table in town. Milan is a true aficionada of its local product. The love affair owes more to […]

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Exhibition: Italian Futurism 1909-1944

Italy was a relatively new country at the beginning of the twentieth century. It was barely 30 years old – the industrial north and traditional farming communities in the south had little in common. This was the Italy Benito Mussolini grew up in. It was also where the avant-garde Futurist movement was born. The Italian […]

BMW i8 in eco mode

Sustainable cars: BMW i8

The Scottish Highlands is an unusual destination to test the new i8. BMW‘s hybrid performance car is a highly advanced piece of machinery – it’s complex mechanisms hidden beneath an almost futuristic shell. This remote part of Scotland has an untamed beauty where nature is at its purist; and as our small charter plane lands in […]

Jaguar D-Type Project 7

Jaguar Project 7 at Goodwood

‘We declare that the splendour of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed,’ F. T. Marinetti wrote in the 1909 Futurist manifesto. ‘A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath … a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire…’ […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic ©Design Talks

Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radic

Yesterday saw the unveiling of the much-anticipated 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. The annual temporary structure in London’s Hyde Park is a highlight of the year, and the latest is one of the most captivating of the recent commissions. Occupying some 541 square-metres on the lawn of the gallery, the semi-translucent, cylindrical structure […]

The 5-inch Expert Columbia on which Thomas Stevens circled the globe in 1884-1886. Copywrite MIT Press

Book review: Bicycle Design

Bicycles are having quite a renaissance especially in cities where the car is no longer seen as the most efficient form of transport. Apart from the obvious environmental, financial and health benefits, two-wheels can offer a novel way of navigating urban and rural settings. You discover so much more pedalling your way around. Gently cycling in the […]

2014 Mini

New Mini in Mallorca

It is a surprisingly steep climb to the top of the Cap Rocat. With full views of the bay of Palma de Mallorca it is well worth the climb though. Beneath my feet sits the piercing blue Mediterranean Sea to one side and Mallorca’s capital Palma to the other. I am surrounded by wildlife, too […]

Ca Giustinian Headquarters of la Biennale di Venezia

Preview: 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Next week sees the start of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated this year by the outspoken Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The chosen guiding topic is Fundamentals with all 66 national pavilions exhibiting responding to a theme. Koolhaas’ concern is that over the last century national characteristics in architecture have given way to a more universal […]

Jaguar Clarkenwell Design Week-

Clerkenwell Design Week 2014

This week saw Clerkenwell Design Week gather international companies, individual designers, and emerging young artists in one of London’s oldest neighbourhoods creating a striking contrast between the local historic architecture and contemporary design. The three-day event, now in its fifth edition, sees some of Clerkenwell’s landmarks transforms into a large exhibition space. You enter CDW […]

WA, The Essence of Japanese Design is published by Phaidon and written by Rossella Menegazzo and Stefania Piotto.

Wa: The Essence of Japanese Design

European modernism’s simplicity pivots on rationality. Modern society demanded a change in our relationship with objects, and western modernism found new forms to express this. Here modernism fought against superfluous decorative design. The simplicity of Japanese design, however, comes from somewhere entirely different. A quite style had begun to emerge as far back as the […]

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Bruno Munari for Campari 1964

Campari, the art of advertising

Campari is closely linked to Milan. Come aperitivo time, when the bustling city settles to enjoy a drink or two in celebration of the start of the evening, the distinctive bright, red hue decorates almost every bar table in town. Milan is a true aficionada of its local product. The love affair owes more to […]

BMW i8 in eco mode

Sustainable cars: BMW i8

The Scottish Highlands is an unusual destination to test the new i8. BMW‘s hybrid performance car is a highly advanced piece of machinery – it’s complex mechanisms hidden beneath an almost futuristic shell. This remote part of Scotland has an untamed beauty where nature is at its purist; and as our small charter plane lands in […]

Jaguar D-Type Project 7

Jaguar Project 7 at Goodwood

‘We declare that the splendour of the world has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of speed,’ F. T. Marinetti wrote in the 1909 Futurist manifesto. ‘A racing automobile with its bonnet adorned with great tubes like serpents with explosive breath … a roaring motor car which seems to run on machine-gun fire…’ […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2014 by Smiljan Radic ©Design Talks

Serpentine Pavilion by Smiljan Radic

Yesterday saw the unveiling of the much-anticipated 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. The annual temporary structure in London’s Hyde Park is a highlight of the year, and the latest is one of the most captivating of the recent commissions. Occupying some 541 square-metres on the lawn of the gallery, the semi-translucent, cylindrical structure […]

2014 Mini

New Mini in Mallorca

It is a surprisingly steep climb to the top of the Cap Rocat. With full views of the bay of Palma de Mallorca it is well worth the climb though. Beneath my feet sits the piercing blue Mediterranean Sea to one side and Mallorca’s capital Palma to the other. I am surrounded by wildlife, too […]

Ca Giustinian Headquarters of la Biennale di Venezia

Preview: 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale

Next week sees the start of the Venice Architecture Biennale, curated this year by the outspoken Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. The chosen guiding topic is Fundamentals with all 66 national pavilions exhibiting responding to a theme. Koolhaas’ concern is that over the last century national characteristics in architecture have given way to a more universal […]