Speculating the future of luxury

Pleasure, passion, innovation, exclusivity, expertise, extraordinary, investment, preciousness, opulence, non-essentials – these are some of the words that once defined luxury. Yet to understand the meaning of luxury in the future requires a further set of definitions. In speculating luxury for future generations words like authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skill, memory also come to the foreground. This is the premise behind What is Luxury? – an intriguing... Read More

Respecting the profession

A writer’s career can be uncertain. This is especially the case if you are an independent freelancer. To an outsider the task may seem simple. After all, it is just a few typed words. Yet to write an article that is more than an opinion piece, more than just a blog, requires skill. It takes imagination to come up with an idea. It takes time to research it. It takes contacts to land an interview with the relevant professional. It may require distant travel. Then there is... Read More

Mobility examined at Milan Design Week

Up until a few years ago the automotive world came to Salone del Mobile Milano as spectators. The week is dedicated to product and industrial design; the venue acts as a platform for discourse on design and speculative debate. It isn’t meant to be a stage for showcasing new cars. With more and more car companies participating now, what is the right way, the correct etiquette, when it comes to exhibiting in Milan? Unveiling a car is definitely not the right approach, and... Read More

Rebel painter: Richard Diebenkorn

Painting was out of fashion in the 1990s. When I enrolled on a foundation course in art and design age 18, as an art form it was, you could say, discouraged. The contemporary art world was consumed with more theatrical forms of expression than the humble paint on canvas. Alas I was too young and impressionable to march ahead with the only way I could express my inner world. This came to mind whilst visiting Richard Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Benefitting... Read More

Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness

‘I am a stickler for detail who loves uncertainty,’ wrote Piero Fornasetti. The quote opens Piero Fornasetti, Practical Madness, a glimpse into the life of this popular Italian artist and a delicious book in looks, feel and subject that begs to be opened, and the content devoured. Fornasetti (1913-1988) was a painter, draughtsman, engraver, decorator and designer. Above all he was a purveyor of imagination, of poetry, something that he introduced with intelligence and... Read More