Tombs: Designing the next home

It simply reads ‘To Her’ and it greets me as I make my way to visit my uncle, buried along one of the crooked paths covered in wild flowers, the grass in places coming up to my knees. It is a captivating site for the words and for the design of the tomb itself. Carved in 1844 by the sculptor Pierre Puyenbroeck, a triumphant figure of Hope, once gas lit, sits gallantly on top with a sculpted palette, easel and brushes suspended below. The Grade II listed tomb in Kensal... Read More

Book review: Chairs by Architects

Architects have a fondness for designing chairs. It stems from a long tradition – the pieces of furniture often acting as architectural manifestos, small tokens representing the ideology and style of the architect. David Adjaye says it is like a ‘testing ground for ideas that interest me’. The architect has worked with manufacturer Knoll on a number of projects including the 2013 Washington Skeleton and Washington Skin chairs. Furniture, he notes in an interview... Read More

Death Drive: A love-hate note to the motor car  

For over a century, the motor car reigned as the supreme toy, the ultimate consumer product. Sculpted and engineered with love and passion, and little concern for safety or the environment, the car was loaded with mixed emotions – love and lust, greed and shame, ego and fear, freedom and danger. The motor car was sexy; dying in one was also sexy. It helped if you held some sort of celebrity status for a brush of extra mystery. James Dean’s car crash death certainly helped... Read More

Superwoman: Work, Build and Don’t Whine

Women were instrumental in forming the Soviet Union, and in the years following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution they gained considerable rights. A new Soviet man had been conceived around this time – one who was more in keeping with a new country and fresh ideologies –  learned, healthy, muscular, less chauvinistic, less Russian in fact to represent the new Soviet collective. Logically, a new Soviet woman needed to be conceived based around similar modern values. The... Read More

Brilliant reviews for The Life Negroni

A book I recently co-authored has been receiving some wonderful reviews from the press since its publication a few months ago, and the reviews keep coming in! The Life Negroni, designed by Spinach, is a project purely from the heart, straddling the world of spirits and mixology, of art and design, of style and fashion, of history, people and places… even cars. Thank you to all the critics out there from design and architecture magazines, food and cocktail publications,... Read More

Bugatti design director on form follows performance

The Chiron is the most powerful, the fastest and most exclusive car built by Bugatti. This hypercar has succeeded the Veyron as the luxury marque’s sole model. Only 500 are made, and retails at over £2m. It may be a hugely indulgent and exclusive car, yet the Chiron remains an inspired example of industrial design – pure and uncluttered, and staying true to Bugatti’s design ethos ‘form follows performance’. Ettore Bugatti, the Italian-born French car designer... Read More