Design between tradition and innovation explored

A reinterpretation of the everyday plastic garden chair into a hand-carved wooden one to give it an antique quality, a traditional wooden beer table recreated in recycled plastic, loosely woven indescribable piece that acts as a bedspread, bed and sleeping bag, and bendy mattresses that turn into chairs and stools – these are just some of the highlights of a new exhibition that sets out to explore design between tradition and innovation. #gallery-6 { margin: auto; } #gallery-6... Read More

Laurens van den Acker on Renault design

Replacing a long-term design chief is never easy. Patrick le Quement led Renault design for 22 years and the succession, in the period leading up to his retirement in 2009, was one of the most debated topics within the car design world. His eventual successor Laurens van den Acker surprised many observers, not least because he was drafted in from outside the French company, from Mazda where he was design director from 2006. Design Talks met the Dutch designer back in March... Read More

Ai Weiwei: exploring tension in ideology

Ai Weiwei has become internationally recognised for much more than his art. The Chinese artist’s persecution by Beijing has raised awareness – and concern – amongst the international art world over the darker side of the regime. It has in turn made Ai one of the most significant cultural figures of his generation, in China and internationally. #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

Peter Horbury on Volvo and designing for China

Peter Horbury has a long history with Volvo. As creative director in the nineties, the Brit was the vanguard of its design change where organic forms, and curves, replaced boxy shapes. In 2004 Ford, who then owned Volvo, persuaded Horbury to run the Ford North America design operation, which he did, only to return to Sweden in 2009 to resume his previous position. His mission now is to help give the 84-year-old company a strong design direction under its new boss the Chinese... Read More

Architects window dress Regent Street

The Regent Street Windows Project 2011 sees architects collaborate with some of the leading retail brands on London’s bustling shopping street to create a range of shop window installations. Initiated by the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, the project’s theme is Cities of Tomorrow, with ten member architect firms creating a range of  work that fuses innovations in architecture with retail design. ‘The project has been hugely enjoyable... Read More

Challenge thinking on architectural space

A corridor so narrow that strangers brush shoulders, a platform through a densely inhabited house that challenges the relationship between inhabitant and visitor, and a room reshaped through a graphic pattern – these are just a few of the exhibits that aim to challenge contemporary thinking on architectural space. Concrete Geometries: How Spaces Move People at the Architectural Association School in London features 20 projects by a group of international architects and... Read More

Dixon, Hadid, Béhar, Baccarat, Aston Martin at Milan

The global design community descended on Milan last month to celebrate creativity as established and new voices presented their latest innovations at the coveted Salone Internazionale del Mobile, the international furniture fair. We have reported on some of the highlights including Zaha Hadid and Mini in Mutant Architecture & Design, Royal College of Art’s Intent and BMW, Flos and Paul Cocksedge’s Sestoseno. Here are some of the best of the rest. #gallery-12... Read More

Walter de’Silva: VW design, Shanghai & 21C Beetle

On 18 April, on the eve of the Shanghai Motor Show, Volkswagen unveiled the twenty-first century Beetle at a stylish location on the Bund overlooking the river Huangpu and Pudong with its impressive display of world architecture. International media and flashy dressed local celebrities gathered sipping and nibbling on stylish cocktails and canopies as the silk wrap was ceremonially peeled off this iconic car against a dazzling display of fireworks. #gallery-13 { margin:... Read More