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Charlie Morrissey at Siobhan Davies Dance Barbican

Radical design: Creatives at the frontline for change

I grew up surrounded by politics. Raised in Iran at the height of its turbulent years, it was impossible not to be. Later, as an adolescent cocooned in the sanctuary of Europe, I rejected it all for I saw my life in the creative world where politics, seemingly, had little relevance. Now, as Europe peddles […]

I Living - Beathe by SO-IL

Utopian visions: SO-IL’s MINI Living at Salone del Mobile

In 2011, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto built a house in central Tokyo designed to break with the traditional codes of living. His House NA challenges ideas of comfort and of privacy – the lightweight living hubs stack one on top of another to be inhabited privately or collectively, and are exposed to the busy […]

Sou Fujimoto Architects House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 - Photo © Iwan Baan

Minimalist, utopian, playful: The Japanese House

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 at the Barbican is an intriguing mix of minimalism, artisan & craft, utopian visions and pure imagination

BMW Tate Live Ten Days Six Nights © Design Talks

Ten Days Six Nights at Tate Tanks explores active art

Art literally comes to life at the Tate Modern Tanks in London with Ten Days Six Nights. This is the first in the BMW Tate Live series designed to interact with the viewer, explore the meaning of art, the role of the gallery and the power of the arts to help shape society. Read my […]

Range Rover Velar

The exotic and the autonomous: Geneva Show highlights

Autonomous driving is side-tracking. The conversation has temporarily diverted from its original explosive futuristic narrative for an altogether more tangible one. The automotive world is looking at more pragmatic solutions that can be applied now, without the complications of full autonomy. Read the full review originally published in Wallpaper* here. Read more on the McLaren 720S, the […]

Kashan, Ameri Ghajar House

Happy Nowruz

Welcoming the first hour and the first day of spring… To quote the great Persian poet Hafez: ‘Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh, because that is the purest sound.’ Nowruz mobarak – happy Persian New Year Here’s to a more peaceful year for all world citizens     Design Talks | The […]

Grayson Perry, Death of a Working Hero, 2016, Tapestry, 250 x 200 cm © The Artist Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press and Victoria Miro, London. Photographer: Stephen White

Can cultural spaces and galleries be landscapes of ideas?

I have strong views on the vital role of the visual arts and culture to help shape society and vice versa. My thoughts are that a degree of social engagement is necessary, especially in these volatile times. Without which these are just decoration, an ego massage, or worse strictly commercial enterprises. This applies as much […]

McLaren 720S at Geneva Motor Show 2017

Introducing the dramatic McLaren 720S supercar

‘It is special,’ smiles McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt pointing to the latest 720S that proceeds the 650S in the Super Series. ‘It almost feels like a milestone in the maturity and development of the company,’ he told me at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week for this car represents the first production […]

'Henrietta Tiarks Among The Trees' sees Mark Shaw capture the Duchess of Bedford as she models a green suit by Jules François Crahay of Nina Ricci at Palais Royale, Paris 1959. Copyright © Mark Shaw/mptvimages.com

Celebrated photographer Mark Shaw exhibits at Aston Martin

Art of Living is luxury carmaker Aston Martin’s lifestyle arm, dedicated to exploring the world surrounding its exotic sports cars. Through carefully-considered partnerships, this sub-brand of sorts offers clothing and accessory lines, luxury apartments, wild and exclusive experiences. The latest Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time is an exhibition of the work of the celebrated 1950s and 60s fashion photographer, […]

Diébédo Francis Kéré 2017 Serpentine Pavilion

Diébédo Francis Kéré wins Serpentine Pavilion 2017 project

A pavilion that mimics a grand tree and offers a spectacular waterfall has won the 2017 Serpentine Pavilion project. The Serpentine Gallery’s artistic director Hans Ulrich Obrist and CEO Yana Peel have named architect Diébédo Francis Kéré the latest designer for the annual project. The award-winning architect, who leads Kéré Architecture in Berlin, will bring […]

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Charlie Morrissey at Siobhan Davies Dance Barbican

Radical design: Creatives at the frontline for change

I grew up surrounded by politics. Raised in Iran at the height of its turbulent years, it was impossible not to be. Later, as an adolescent cocooned in the sanctuary of Europe, I rejected it all for I saw my life in the creative world where politics, seemingly, had little relevance. Now, as Europe peddles […]

I Living - Beathe by SO-IL

Utopian visions: SO-IL’s MINI Living at Salone del Mobile

In 2011, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto built a house in central Tokyo designed to break with the traditional codes of living. His House NA challenges ideas of comfort and of privacy – the lightweight living hubs stack one on top of another to be inhabited privately or collectively, and are exposed to the busy […]

Sou Fujimoto Architects House NA, Tokyo, Japan, 2011 - Photo © Iwan Baan

Minimalist, utopian, playful: The Japanese House

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945 at the Barbican is an intriguing mix of minimalism, artisan & craft, utopian visions and pure imagination

BMW Tate Live Ten Days Six Nights © Design Talks

Ten Days Six Nights at Tate Tanks explores active art

Art literally comes to life at the Tate Modern Tanks in London with Ten Days Six Nights. This is the first in the BMW Tate Live series designed to interact with the viewer, explore the meaning of art, the role of the gallery and the power of the arts to help shape society. Read my […]

Range Rover Velar

The exotic and the autonomous: Geneva Show highlights

Autonomous driving is side-tracking. The conversation has temporarily diverted from its original explosive futuristic narrative for an altogether more tangible one. The automotive world is looking at more pragmatic solutions that can be applied now, without the complications of full autonomy. Read the full review originally published in Wallpaper* here. Read more on the McLaren 720S, the […]

Kashan, Ameri Ghajar House

Happy Nowruz

Welcoming the first hour and the first day of spring… To quote the great Persian poet Hafez: ‘Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh, because that is the purest sound.’ Nowruz mobarak – happy Persian New Year Here’s to a more peaceful year for all world citizens     Design Talks | The […]