New York fashion week 2011

A bitter cold chill wraps its way around the streets and avenues whilst frenzied fashion media, models and designers all vie to miss the mounds of snow and slush in their efforts to get in the back of a yellow cab for the next show and which is almost guaranteed to run late anyway. Welcome to New York Fashion Week, in association with Mercedes-Benz, whose cars provided a brief respite between points and bun fights. #gallery-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6... Read More

Book review: Voiture Minimum Le Corbusier and the Automobile

‘If houses were built industrially, mass-produced like chassis,’ proclaimed Le Corbusier in his manifesto Towards an Architecture, ‘an aesthetic would be formed with surprising precision.’ The Swiss architect was famously obsessed with the automobile – almost in love with what he called the perfect machine. To him, and many progressive thinkers of the time, the automobile was a symbol of modernity and a focal point in his visions for futuristic utopias. Voiture... Read More

RCA students on Citroën’s electric aesthetic

With electric driving a reality it seems fitting that carmakers should find a suitable vernacular that represents a new era in mobility. It is also a golden opportunity to voice their unique approach to clean, green driving. With this in mind French firm Citroën asked final year masters students of vehicle design at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London to imagine a small car that could establish a unique electric vehicle aesthetic for the marque. The 16 candidates... Read More

Book review: Robin Hood Gardens Re-Visions

Robin Hood Gardens – a housing estate on the fringes of Poplar in East London – is an example of mid twentieth-century architecture on the brink of extinction. Much love has been shown to the Alison + Peter Smithson-designed project over the last few years, spurred on by a campaign for listing spearheaded by UK magazine Building Design which collected over 1,000 signatures from across the world. Architects including Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers tell of the influence... Read More

Book review: Hella Jongerius Misfit

Hella Jongerius: Misfit is a handsome book, its design, by fellow Dutch designer Irma Boom, reflecting the imaginative work of the maverick product designer. Born in 1963, Jongerius graduated in industrial design from the Eindhoven Design Academy in The Netherlands coming to prominence in the early 90s with a series of designs for the influential Dutch conceptual design collective Droog Design. Jongerius set up her own Rotterdam-based practice Jongeriuslab around the same... Read More

Wolfgang Egger talks Audi design

Audi cars are meticulously designed, the sheet metal lovingly sculpted to near perfection – the notes almost perfect. This is at odds in a world where mass produced cars as such are increasingly bland, homogenised products. You could say Audi has taken the functional and turned it into the aesthetic. Clearly the consumer thinks so. In the midst of the 2009/10 financial crisis, Audi continued to produce new models to replace the outdated, even inventing further market segments. Whilst... Read More