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Jaguar XF sketch

Design review: New Jaguar XF

Jaguar was in the process of reinvention when design director Ian Callum sketched his first XF in 2007. It was to be an entry-level car, attracting new customers and debuting the marque’s new design. The sporty coupé body was an unusual proposition for premium business car at the time, as was the bold interior design. […]

The Way Out Is In, The Zen Calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh (c) Thames & Hudson

The Zen Calligraphy of Thich Nhat Hanh

‘In my calligraphy there is ink, tea, breathing, mindfulness, and concentration,’ observes Thich Nhat Hanh. ‘Writing calligraphy is a practice of meditation. I write the words or sentences that can remind people about the practice,’ notes the prolific author, poet, teacher, scholar, peace activist, Buddhist monk and calligrapher. Martin Luther King Jr. called him ‘an apostle […]

eL Seed calligraffiti

Shubbak and creativity in the Arab world

Can the arts be harnessed to forge new identities for nations and at the same time open up dialogue on race, identity and religion? This, the power of creativity, was at the heart of Dubai Next, an interesting debate held at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Hosted by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority […]

Toscana ©Design Talks

Realism and the virtual world

We have just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tuscany, Italy. Perched on top of a very steep hill, distanced from the rush and noise of human life, we silently observed nature in its very finest form. Evenings were mostly spent listening to the music of birds and bees, at dusk drowned by the symphony […]

Tanquin Bao RCA Vehicle Design 2015

RCA Show: designers rethink the automobile

A flat-pack IKEA-style relief vehicle, a car born through the sound of music, a self-healing vehicle and a 21st century interpretation of the ancient burial ritual – these were some of the more inspired ideas at the Royal College of Art class of 2015 Vehicle Design graduation show. As the car evolves to be so […]

JLR Goodwood

Celebrating speed at Goodwood

Speed. There is something at once modern, advanced, superhuman, and utterly sexy about it. It demands a visceral reaction. Speed is about pure emotion. These are now famous words coined by the controversial founder of the Italian Futurist movement F. T. Marinetti who wrote in the 1909 manifesto: ‘We declare that the splendour of the world […]

Sustainable Design Book cover © Laurene King Publishing

Review: The Sustainable Design Book

Sustainability is so much more than being eco-friendly. Up until a few years ago, the restricting word green was more commonly used, which has since been replaced with sustainability, a word that embraces not just the physical product, but processes, ideologies and actions with ecological value. In terms of design, sustainability means making goods from non-toxic, biodegradable, […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by Selgascano, Photograph © Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by Selgascano

A series of colourful plastic cocoons lighten up Hyde Park on this unseasonably cold, wet summer’s day. They invite us to walk in and wander around the psychedelic maze. This is the Serpentine Pavilion as envisaged by Madrid-based architect Selgascano. And today it provides a much-needed refuge from the downpour. Sitting here in the central […]

BMW 7 Series sketches

Design insight: New BMW 7 Series

We are in Munich at BMW Welt, as in World, designed by the avant-garde Austrian architect Coop Himmelb(l)au as a hybrid of car showroom, entertainment venue and conference centre. Completed in 2007, it is now the second most visited site in the city. It is easy to see why. This is a fantastical structure of glass […]

People of Print © Thames & Hudson

Book review: People of Print

As our world becomes more and more congested, our eyes busy digesting images, information, products… design increasingly takes centre stage directing our vision and assisting us in our consumption. This includes graphics, type and illustration. People of Print celebrates innovative, independent design and illustration. The latest book by Thames & Hudson features over 400 artwork […]

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Jaguar XF sketch

Design review: New Jaguar XF

Jaguar was in the process of reinvention when design director Ian Callum sketched his first XF in 2007. It was to be an entry-level car, attracting new customers and debuting the marque’s new design. The sporty coupé body was an unusual proposition for premium business car at the time, as was the bold interior design. […]

eL Seed calligraffiti

Shubbak and creativity in the Arab world

Can the arts be harnessed to forge new identities for nations and at the same time open up dialogue on race, identity and religion? This, the power of creativity, was at the heart of Dubai Next, an interesting debate held at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Hosted by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority […]

Toscana ©Design Talks

Realism and the virtual world

We have just returned from an unforgettable trip to Tuscany, Italy. Perched on top of a very steep hill, distanced from the rush and noise of human life, we silently observed nature in its very finest form. Evenings were mostly spent listening to the music of birds and bees, at dusk drowned by the symphony […]

Tanquin Bao RCA Vehicle Design 2015

RCA Show: designers rethink the automobile

A flat-pack IKEA-style relief vehicle, a car born through the sound of music, a self-healing vehicle and a 21st century interpretation of the ancient burial ritual – these were some of the more inspired ideas at the Royal College of Art class of 2015 Vehicle Design graduation show. As the car evolves to be so […]

JLR Goodwood

Celebrating speed at Goodwood

Speed. There is something at once modern, advanced, superhuman, and utterly sexy about it. It demands a visceral reaction. Speed is about pure emotion. These are now famous words coined by the controversial founder of the Italian Futurist movement F. T. Marinetti who wrote in the 1909 manifesto: ‘We declare that the splendour of the world […]

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 designed by Selgascano, Photograph © Iwan Baan

Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by Selgascano

A series of colourful plastic cocoons lighten up Hyde Park on this unseasonably cold, wet summer’s day. They invite us to walk in and wander around the psychedelic maze. This is the Serpentine Pavilion as envisaged by Madrid-based architect Selgascano. And today it provides a much-needed refuge from the downpour. Sitting here in the central […]