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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 […]

Homesick 2014 Hrair Sarkissian Photograph ABMB Positions_Courtesy of the artist and Kalfayan Galleries, Greece

Political art: Imagined Futures

With contemporary art so deeply involved with the self, drunk on the vanity of the image, and so intertwined with the world of money, glitz and glamour, it is refreshing to come across an exhibition that is not afraid to be political. Hrair Sarkissian is involved with big explosive narratives. The Syrian born artist’s work […]

Unfallen Angels II, 2009, © Ann Ray - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In his last collection before his death in February 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen returned to nature for inspiration. ‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature,’ wrote the designer. Plato’s Atlantis was inspired by Darwin’s 1859 the Origins of Species with a narrative that concerns itself with devolution rather the evolution of mankind. Here McQueen’s […]

Quilted wood inside the doors of Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6concept

Introducing the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 coupé

These are exciting times for Bentley – this is a radical marque in bourgeois disguise. Steering the creative energy is Luc Donckerwolke, the gifted design director who has been quietly, quietly making some fundamental changes here since he joined over two years ago. Soon on his arrival Donckerwolke formed an entirely new team (the ‘dream […]

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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 […]

© 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 […]

Unfallen Angels II, 2009, © Ann Ray - Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

In his last collection before his death in February 2010, Lee Alexander McQueen returned to nature for inspiration. ‘I have always loved the mechanics of nature,’ wrote the designer. Plato’s Atlantis was inspired by Darwin’s 1859 the Origins of Species with a narrative that concerns itself with devolution rather the evolution of mankind. Here McQueen’s […]