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The Perfect Match (c) Jack Hobhouse

House of Essex in picture

This is House of Essex, a fantasy world and a fusion of art and architecture. Overlooking the Stour estuary in north Essex, not so far from London, the building sits amidst Wrabness, awakening this otherwise sleepy village with its fantastically eccentric appearance. There is something of Hansel and Gretel about this collaboration between architect FAT and […]

Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale

Ford revives Vignale

Once-upon-a-time there were carrozzieres. The highly skilled craftsmen, metalworkers and upholsters from these coachbuilders in Turin were responsible for visualising and sculpting the metal that clothed the motorcar. Depending on their size and expertise, they helped larger carmakers designs concepts, and some created exclusive one-off cars for aficionados of the motorcar. One such carrozziere was […]

Lucy Williams, The City Pool II, 2004

Book review: Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams takes mid-twentieth-century Modernist architecture as her inspiration to create softly shaded, intricate collages. Working with mixed media, the artist turns these often cold and brutal constructions into warm, human spaces. Even though they remain unoccupied, we can almost feel the presence of people in these diverse settings that include housing projects, government buildings, […]

Aston Martin Quintessence Yachts AM37 Speedboat

Aston Martin goes nautical

These are the first images of the AM37 – a small luxurious powerboat envisaged by carmaker Aston Martin, naval architect Mulder Design and Dutch firm Quintessence Yachts. The name suggests its size. The 37 foot model will be available in two trim levels – the 
leisure boat AM37, a gran turismo on water, with speeds […]

Necklace, Bubble Bath, Nora Fok, 2001.(c) Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council

Speculating the future of luxury

Pleasure, passion, innovation, exclusivity, expertise, extraordinary, investment, preciousness, opulence, non-essentials – these are some of the words that once defined luxury. Yet to understand the meaning of luxury in the future requires a further set of definitions. In speculating luxury for future generations words like authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skill, memory also come to […]

Books

Respecting the profession

A writer’s career can be uncertain. This is especially the case if you are an independent freelancer. To an outsider the task may seem simple. After all, it is just a few typed words. Yet to write an article that is more than an opinion piece, more than just a blog, requires skill. It takes […]

BMW works with Alfredo Häberli for Spheres

Mobility examined at Milan Design Week

Up until a few years ago the automotive world came to Salone del Mobile Milano as spectators. The week is dedicated to product and industrial design; the venue acts as a platform for discourse on design and speculative debate. It isn’t meant to be a stage for showcasing new cars. With more and more car companies participating […]

Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #116, 1979_ Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, _ Copyright The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Rebel painter: Richard Diebenkorn

Painting was out of fashion in the 1990s. When I enrolled on a foundation course in art and design age 18, as an art form it was, you could say, discouraged. The contemporary art world was consumed with more theatrical forms of expression than the humble paint on canvas. Alas I was too young and […]

Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness, cover design

Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness

‘I am a stickler for detail who loves uncertainty,’ wrote Piero Fornasetti. The quote opens Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness, a glimpse into the life of this popular Italian artist and a delicious book in looks, feel and subject that begs to be opened, and the content devoured. Fornasetti (1913-1988) was a painter, draughtsman, engraver, decorator […]

© Centro Storico Fiat

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 […]

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Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale

Ford revives Vignale

Once-upon-a-time there were carrozzieres. The highly skilled craftsmen, metalworkers and upholsters from these coachbuilders in Turin were responsible for visualising and sculpting the metal that clothed the motorcar. Depending on their size and expertise, they helped larger carmakers designs concepts, and some created exclusive one-off cars for aficionados of the motorcar. One such carrozziere was […]

Aston Martin Quintessence Yachts AM37 Speedboat

Aston Martin goes nautical

These are the first images of the AM37 – a small luxurious powerboat envisaged by carmaker Aston Martin, naval architect Mulder Design and Dutch firm Quintessence Yachts. The name suggests its size. The 37 foot model will be available in two trim levels – the 
leisure boat AM37, a gran turismo on water, with speeds […]

Necklace, Bubble Bath, Nora Fok, 2001.(c) Heini Schneebeli, Courtesy of the Crafts Council

Speculating the future of luxury

Pleasure, passion, innovation, exclusivity, expertise, extraordinary, investment, preciousness, opulence, non-essentials – these are some of the words that once defined luxury. Yet to understand the meaning of luxury in the future requires a further set of definitions. In speculating luxury for future generations words like authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skill, memory also come to […]

Books

Respecting the profession

A writer’s career can be uncertain. This is especially the case if you are an independent freelancer. To an outsider the task may seem simple. After all, it is just a few typed words. Yet to write an article that is more than an opinion piece, more than just a blog, requires skill. It takes […]

BMW works with Alfredo Häberli for Spheres

Mobility examined at Milan Design Week

Up until a few years ago the automotive world came to Salone del Mobile Milano as spectators. The week is dedicated to product and industrial design; the venue acts as a platform for discourse on design and speculative debate. It isn’t meant to be a stage for showcasing new cars. With more and more car companies participating […]

Richard Diebenkorn Ocean Park #116, 1979_ Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, _ Copyright The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation

Rebel painter: Richard Diebenkorn

Painting was out of fashion in the 1990s. When I enrolled on a foundation course in art and design age 18, as an art form it was, you could say, discouraged. The contemporary art world was consumed with more theatrical forms of expression than the humble paint on canvas. Alas I was too young and […]