Book review: The Furniture of Carlo Mollino

Carlo Mollino (1905-73), the maverick Italian designer, created site specific and commissioned pieces that are considered works of art – a 1948 table sold for around $4m at an auction recently setting a world record for a piece of twentieth-century furniture. #gallery-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-6 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-6... Read More

Frieze Art 2010: Erotic vs voyeuristic

In a recent television documentary The Genius of British Art (Channel 4) the novelist Howard Jacobsen reminded us of the beauty of eroticism in British art. In the same week Frieze Art in London’s Regents Park highlighted another aspect of sexuality: Voyeurism. The difference appears crucial. Where eroticism involves at least two persons, voyeurism is a one-way relation. Where the erotic in art communicates sexuality as something to be enjoyed, to be cherished, and to be... Read More

Infiniti: The seductive alternative

It is the era of ‘challenger brands’ – smaller companies that confront powerful firms by simply being individual, fun – almost irreverent. Opting for a strong narrative that portrays almost a human touch, they are gaining customer respect especially at a time when big brands equal big money, and the greed associated with the current economic slump. Apple is one of the most successful challenger marques, its boss Steve Jobs famously claiming: ‘Why join... Read More

3x3x3 reflects Taiwan’s ambitions

The 3x3x3 Tower is a proposition by architect Broadway Malyan Shanghai for an observation and telecommunications tower in Taichung, Taiwan that represents a new kind of iconic building for a city with big global ambitions. Intended as a landmark building, and boasting panoramic views over the city, the tower has been commissioned by the government to celebrate the centenary of the founding of Taiwan as well as the recent merger of Taichung County and City. ‘Lead by BM... Read More

Alfonso Albaisa on Nissan electric car design

Alfonso Albaisa, design director at Nissan in America, discusses electric car design, the future of clean mobility and his take on the zero-emission sports car. Design Talks Should zero-emission cars have their own unique architecture and formal language? Alfonso Albaisa They are finding their own unique architecture. The formal language, however, is more of a conscious effort – it’s the intentional part. The zero emission car doesn’t need its own design language,... Read More

Ballets Russes: Synthesis of three ways of expression

It is a fitting epitaph for Serge Diaghilev, a man who started life as an exhibitor of Russian art, that London’s Victoria & Albert museum should host this major retrospective of his life as the founder and artistic director of the Ballets Russes. A difficult though charismatic man, Diaghilev, who was neither dancer, musician or designer, was able to assert an unprecedented influence on 20th century design, music, and dance. Diaghilev brought art, music and dance together... Read More

Chalayan’s visual adventure

B-Side showcases Hussein Chalayan’s explorations of the body, of movement and of voyeurism – highlighting his fascination with form and process. From pieces represented in new ways, to those making their public debut, the exhibition at Spring Project confirms that Chalayan’s work isn’t just about radical fashion design. Here he is sculptor, filmmaker and animator. With his inter-disciplinary mindset, the British/Turkish-Cypriot fashion designer is regarded as a leading... Read More

Changing face of drawing fashion

Drawing – as in the traditional art of applying pen to paper – maybe a dead medium in certain design disciplines, yet surprisingly it has remained a major force in fashion design. The advent of photography changed the role of the medium, but it has evolved to represent a brand’s history and identity. #gallery-13 { margin: auto; } #gallery-13 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-13... Read More

Visions for 2020 hybrid McLaren

Premium marque McLaren Automotive has challenged third year transport design students at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin to pen their visions for a hybrid two-seater off-road McLaren for 2020. Working closely with McLaren design director Frank Stephenson, and the engineering team at the headquarters in the UK, the students developed their concepts based on McLaren’s lightweight carbon fibre chassis ‘MonoCell’ – a feature central to the design and... Read More

Creating liveable cities

Challenging designers and architects to rethink how they use water in cities to help create a more sustainable urban environment was the initial thought behind a recent Australian initiative. Melbourne Water challenged a group of local architects and designers to rethink how they utilise water in their design phase. Through a 12-month collaboration between the designers, Melbourne Water and State of Design, that included numerous workshops, the group were made aware of the... Read More