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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 […]

Unstoppable Spirit by Nono Musca and Land Rover

Unstoppable Spirit by Nono Musca and Land Rover

Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern and Italian artist Nino Mustica have collaborated to create Unstoppable Spirit, two seven-metre-high contemporary structures that stand boldly by the London’s River Thames and the Royal Festival Hall. Mustica experiments with technology, working with three-dimensional modelling software to create his lively sculptures. Unstoppable Spirit expresses Land Rover’s newest family member, the […]

Mini Superleggera Vision Concept

Adrian Van Hooydonk on Mini and BMW design

We caught up with BMW Group design director Adrian Van Hooydonk at the 2014 Paris Motor Show to discuss the latest Superleggera Vision Concept, sustainable driving and the future of Mini and BMW design. DT. What inspired the team to create this latest Superleggera Vision Mini concept? AVH. A two-seater roadster is very British; it […]

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

Exhibition: Constructing Worlds

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 […]

Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion by Barber Osgerby

Barber & Osgerby interpret BMW design

‘Cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals; I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object,’ the philosopher Roland Barthes wrote in 1957. Earlier this […]

Jim Dine, Tools and Dreams, 1984-5, Hand coloured etching paper, courtesy of the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery_10 September – 7 October 2014, alancristea.com

Exhibition review: Jim Dine

What would you think of a show where every print was covered with hammers and saws and an almost endless variety of spanners, scissors, tongs, pliers, and pincers? Jim Dine’s A History of Communism at London’s Alan Cristea Gallery offers a complex array of impressions. I came away impressed with the ingenuity, intrigued and a […]

Dress by Hattie Carnegie, 1939 © Conde Nast, Horst Estate

Horst: a magician with light

‘Electric Beauty’ are four black and white photographs taken by Horst P Horst in 1939. They are a satirical comment on the futility of extreme modern beauty treatment, fashionable in the 1930s, at a time when the world was on the brink of war. We see the model undergo various bizarre procedures, yet she seems […]

Wallings Halprin House in Wellfleet 1965 Photo Credit Cape Cod Modern

Cape Cod Modern

The story began with Walter Gropius. Finding it near impossible to further the cause for Modernism in politically volatile Europe, in 1936 the founder of Bauhaus accepted a professorship at Harvard’s new and progressive Graduate School of Design, and together with his wife Ise fled to America. The following year they rented a holiday house […]

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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 […]

Double Space for BMW – Precision & Poetry in Motion by Barber Osgerby

Barber & Osgerby interpret BMW design

‘Cars today are almost the exact equivalent of the great Gothic cathedrals; I mean the supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates them as a purely magical object,’ the philosopher Roland Barthes wrote in 1957. Earlier this […]

Lego house by BIG

Lego House by BIG

These are images of the playful experience centre for Lego in Billund, Denmark designed by one of DT’s favourite architecture practices BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. Inspired by the modularity of the Lego brick, when it opens in 2016 it will offer a series of engaging installations that highlight the values of Lego. ‘The House will appear like […]

House for Essex ©FAT Living Architecture

House for Essex by FAT and Perry

These are images of House for Essex, the latest project in the Living Architecture series designed by FAT Architecture and the Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry. Overlooking the Stour estuary in north Essex, this magical Hansel and Gretel-esque creation will act as an art-piece as well as a space to house a number of Perry’s art works commissioned […]

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 […]