Ultimate luxury: Bentley Continental GT

Many of us form an intimate relation with our cars, especially if it’s something we’ve saved up for. You want to know about its origin – how it was made, who was involved. Marques like Rolls Royce and Bentley survive on creating a narrative to include the making of the cars, the story of the suppliers, the ecological thinking, that together allude to the ultimate level of craftsmanship. It is within this world where cars like the Bentley Continental GT are born.... Read More

Heineken design challenge

To mark its forthcoming 140th anniversary, drinks company Heineken has launched a global design challenge. The company is inviting creatives from around the world to connect, through social media, and form teams to design a beer bottle of the future. The brief is to create a bottle design that symbolises how people around the world will connect in the next 140 years. Driven through Heineken’s Facebook page, the idea is for anyone interested in participating to form a... Read More

Tokyo Motor Show 2011 in picture

Japanese car design is an interesting mix of a thoroughly modern minimalist aesthetic and stylised animation. It really is different and exciting to witness some of the work created by local designers at the motor show that took place in Tokyo earlier this month. Car design here sits at the polar side of German car design that is usually perfect and polished. In Japan it seems to be more of a refection of their inventiveness and playfulness. Small urban commuters and pure... Read More

Architects draw the City of London

Some leading architects and designers have sketched their take on the City of London to raise money for charity. Original works of the City’s Square Mile by 100 participants were auctioned at the German Gymnasium at London’s King’s Cross in aid of development and disaster relief charity Article 25. #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 16%; } #gallery-8... Read More

Pavilion architecture and design

‘Exhibition design,’ says Andrew Groarke, one of the duo behind architecture firm Carmody Groarke, ‘is about a memorable visitor experience.’  He should know having recently designed the Frieze Art‘s pavilion in London. Erected in Regent’s Park, the temporary giant tent houses one of the capital city’s largest yearly art fairs. Yet instead of designing a simple protective cover, Carmody Groarke chose to manipulate the setting, the park’s... Read More

Japanese-Euro fusion: Honda design

Honda caused a stir back in 2006 when it first introduced the European Civic. It was a radical departure in terms of design with a futuristic exterior that was deemed more in keeping with European taste. The redesigned 2012 Civic is an altogether more self-assured car, introducing elements of its Japanese heritage especially in some of the exterior detailing. The Civic, built at the firm’s Swindon factory in the UK, is pivotal to Honda – since 2006 as many as 650,000... Read More