Israeli designers exhibit at Holon

For a taste of design in Israel today, head to Holon for the Holon Design Week and supporting Designer Plus Ten exhibition at Design Museum Holon. This is the first time the museum will curate an exhibition that focuses exclusively on local talent. Expect designers from textiles, fashion, jewellery, industrial design and digital and visual communication to exhibit their work. #gallery-10 { margin: auto; } #gallery-10 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

Car design trends from Geneva

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the main yearly international exhibitions that tend to focus primarily on design studies and future trends. This year, sadly, the displays were generally of ‘real’ cars – automobiles that are made for today’s world but tend to lack the visionary insight to make them relevant to the bigger picture of mobility. This is a real shame as for the last few years we have been teased with a promise of a future urban setting free of the traditional... Read More

In talk: Schiaparelli and Prada

Studying design history at university, fashion never seemed to have the same gravitas as other disciplines in the field – it often felt shallow, a little silly perhaps. That was until we were introduced to the work and life of Elsa Schiaparelli. The avant-garde Italian designer, best known for the work she did between the world wars, is something of a legend in the creative world. Her surrealist creations, many of which were done in collaboration with the likes of Salvador... Read More

Road trip: BMW 3 Series

To test a new car to its utmost, nothing quite beats a long road trip. What may have appeared to be a well designed, thoughtfully packed product, soon shows its flaws when put to test on a long and laborious four-day road journey. This was our task as we flew out to Malaga last month to drive the new BMW 3 Series Saloon for over 2,000 miles – our journey took us through arid central Spain, up to the Atlantic coast, via the Pyrenees to France, across this vast land and... Read More

Book: Project Japan, Metabolism Talks

Japanese minimalist architecture has had a profound impact on European building design, particularly private housing. Yet there is a complex ideology coming out of a more contemporary Japan that has been one of the most influential, yet elusive, movements in modern architecture. Japanese Metabolism is possibly the first non-western avant-garde. This spirited movement was pioneered by a small group of young architects in the late 1950s whose utopian visions for cities of the... Read More

Modena’s Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari

There is something fantastically Fellini-esque about this documentary of Enzo Ferrari’s account for his love of his birthplace Modena where a new Ferrari museum opened this weekend. Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari celebrates the life and work of the founder of the Italian supercar maker and features some of the marque’s most iconic cars. Love or loath cars, many of these are simply beautiful objects of desire. Designed by architects Jan Kaplický and Andrea Morgante, the museum... Read More

Design team discuss Infiniti Emerg-e

A month before the Geneva Motor Show a few of us were called to Park Royal Studios in West London for a preview of Infiniti’s latest design study. Emerg-e joins the 2009 Essence and 2011 Etherea – collectively they speak of the marque’s design direction. To put all this into context Nissan’s luxury arm, which existed in the US as a premium brand, entered Europe in 2008 – the move prompting a much needed rethink of its design language. The cars were introduced... Read More

In talk with Benoit Jacob head of BMW i design

BMW announced the birth its new e-mobility sub-brand i at the start of 2011, created to focus entirely on finding sustainable driving solutions. Since, we have been introduced to two concept cars – the i3 and i8 – that together reflect some of the design and engineering thinking that we should expect from the marque’s eco-arm. The cars represent the two extreme poles of BMW – i3 is an all-electric urban run-around designed for dense megacities, i8 a a part-electric... Read More