Minimalist, utopian, playful: The Japanese House

‘Life can’t be contained within a single slot. People’s sense of living expands beyond it, effectively erasing all borders,’ says Ryue Nishizawa. I’m thinking of this as I roam around the life-size model of the Pritzker-prize winning SANAA architect’s Moriyama House. Built in Tokyo twelve years ago, it is a kind of living organism, working on the concept of the house as a small city, of urbanity nestled inside a building. Moriyama House, The Japanese House,... Read More

Ten Days Six Nights at Tate Tanks explores active art

Art literally comes to life at the Tate Modern Tanks in London with Ten Days Six Nights. This is the first in the BMW Tate Live series designed to interact with the viewer, explore the meaning of art, the role of the gallery and the power of the arts to help shape society. Read my review, see original images and watch the film here #bmwtatelive Design Talks | The Textile Building | 29a Chatham Place | London | E9 6FJ | UK Design Talks is published by Spinach Design All... Read More

The exotic and the autonomous: Geneva Show highlights

Autonomous driving is side-tracking. The conversation has temporarily diverted from its original explosive futuristic narrative for an altogether more tangible one. The automotive world is looking at more pragmatic solutions that can be applied now, without the complications of full autonomy. Read the full review originally published in Wallpaper* here. Read more on the McLaren 720S, the Range Rover Velar and Rolls-Royce ‘diamond-stardust’ Ghost Read my review... Read More

Happy Nowruz

Welcoming the first hour and the first day of spring… To quote the great Persian poet Hafez: ‘Sing, because this is a food our starving world needs. Laugh, because that is the purest sound.’ Nowruz mobarak – happy Persian New Year Here’s to a more peaceful year for all world citizens     Design Talks | The Textile Building | 29a Chatham Place | London | E9 6FJ | UK Design Talks is published by Spinach Design All rights and... Read More

Can cultural spaces and galleries be landscapes of ideas?

I have strong views on the vital role of the visual arts and culture to help shape society and vice versa. My thoughts are that a degree of social engagement is necessary, especially in these volatile times. Without which these are just decoration, an ego massage, or worse strictly commercial enterprises. This applies as much to architecture and design as it does to the fine arts, film and music. Public cultural spaces are in a great position to be an open landscape for ideas,... Read More

Introducing the dramatic McLaren 720S supercar

‘It is special,’ smiles McLaren Automotive chief executive Mike Flewitt pointing to the latest 720S that proceeds the 650S in the Super Series. ‘It almost feels like a milestone in the maturity and development of the company,’ he told me at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week for this car represents the first production vehicle to be replaced since McLaren Automotive was born seven years ago. ‘We started out with one car, the 12C, which evolved to be a range... Read More