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(borrowed from an exhibition title from the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia)

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Nargess Banks

Nargess Banks at the Fondazione Prada in Milan

about me

I’m an independent writer and journalist, book author, editor, copywriter and design consultant specialising in the visual arts – recently combining my passion for art, architecture, design, cars, food and drink under one cover in The Life Negroni.

I’m interested in how the arts can help shape society, using culture as a way of understanding the world.

A respected voice within the international design and car community, my articles, interviews and columns are published in leading magazines, and I’m a regular contributor for ForbesLife and Wallpaper*. As a consultant, I work directly with brands aligning them with relevant creatives.

Read more about my professional life: linkedin profile.
Read my life’s journey here.

my work

Lexus LC500 marks a radical design rethink for the Japanese marque
Bonhams auctions rare and collectable classic cars worth £10m
Meet the Rolls-Royce Dawn Black Badge at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Back to the future: Cao Fei brings the BMW Art Car into the digital age
Testing the all-new McLaren 720S luxury performance car
Pininfarina debuts an elegant yacht replete with a beach club and two pools
The story behind BMW’s latest Art Car as the iconic series enters virtuality
Rolls-Royce unveils the stunning Sweptail at Villa d’Este
A review of the McLaren 720S on the road
Insight: future of auto sales room
Interview: Lamborghini design director
The winners of Word Superyacht Awards 2017
Interview: McLaren Automotive CEO Mike Flewitt
How to sell to the millennials: The future car salesroom
Milan Salone del Mobile
MINI Living Breathe explores utopian visions at Milan design week
Lap Elkann introduces the postmodern BMW i8 MemphisStyle at Milan Salone del Mobile
Car as tech gadget: testing the latest BMW 5 Series
Marek Reichman Aston Martin’s creative director on brand building and defining luxury

Interview: McLaren Automotive chief executive talks about the future of the brand
Rock legends The Who and The Kinks unveil bespoke Rolls-Royce cars
Exotic cars triumph over autonomous at the Geneva Show
Art comes alive at Tate Live Exhibitions: Ten Days, Six Nights
Rolls-Royce design director on diamond cars, exploring bespoke and being provocative
Massimo Bottura and René Redzepi on the art of cooking
McLaren reveals the dramatic new 750S supercar
Behind the scenes of the latest Velar by Range Rover
Siobhan Davies Dance investigates the arts
Form follows performance: The design story behind Bugatti Chiron 

McLaren’s latest endeavour is an artful exercise in visual carbon
Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time Exhibits at Aston Martin Living
Meet Bannenberg & Rowell, the most famous name in yacht design

Directing movement and shaping lives through architecture
Bentley explores new materials, textures and applications to convey modern luxury
The story behind a new global luxury brand – introducing Genesis

Road test: new Maserati Levante, the marque’s first SUV

The story behind McLaren’s limited-edition visual carbon car

BMW’s cultural manager Thomas Girst on Baldessari’s art car and challenging perceptions
BMW explores minimalism and virtual reality of latest Art Cars
Jaguar F-Type Christmas road trip
Kate Winslet introduces the next Rolls-Royce Phantom in The Spirit of Ecstasy
Five minutes with Rolls-Royce Motor Car CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös
New concepts abound at the 2016 Paris Show
Tesla opens its largest European showroom in London
Jaguar design director Ian Callum on the new pure electric I-Pace
Mystery Monday: How art and automotive collided
Volvo’s Zurich Art Session 
Utopia by Design dissected at 2016 London Design Biennale
London Design Biennale 2016
Exploring brand Lexus with an usual road trip
How art, graphics and advertising shaped the Soviet Woman
In Motion: Salone del Mobile 2016
Sir Peter Blake paints a pop art car
Minimalist graphics renaissance, book review
Introducing Bentley’s soft radical future
Superyacht design symposium pushes the bounds of luxury
Barracat and Arik Levy design Hennesy 8 
Ai Weiwei fuses politics and art at the RA
Car chronicles: the best new cars and concepts from Geneva
The new Mini Convertible: our favourite retro roadster is all grown up
Snowmobile: The new ​VW Tiguan for a spin in Lapland
Design trends from Frankfurt Motor Show 2015
BMW reveals the new groundbreaking 7 Series
What lies beneath the new Jaguar CF’s seductive exterior
Emerging designers rethink mobility
Audi breaks the mould with new A4
Easter Innovation: First consumer electronics show in Shanghai
Flash from the past: Vignale revived
All at sea: Aston Martin’s new superboat
Modern mobility, Salone drives a new definition of car creativity
Introducing AM37, Aston Martin luxury speedboat
Top Five at 2015 Salone del Mobile
Fiat fun, celebrating the spirit of ’57
Introducing the Bentley EXP 10 Speed six
Marc Lichte on Audi’s evolution in design
Design and drive: Audi’s latest TT
Jaguar XE: design story
Trends in car design from Paris
Pioneering flights, Manga and more
Barber & Osgerby a London Design Festival 2014
BMW i8 hybrid performance car
Sound of the electric car
Salone del Mobile 2014
Designing the sound for tomorrow’s electric car
Show report: Geneva Motor Show 2014
Show report: Royal College of Art vehicle design
BMW 4 Series Convertible and 2 Series Coupe drive
VW e-Up
Frankfurt Motor Show 2013: The highlights
 A close-up look at the Mini Vision concept
Audi A3 Saloon
 Milan’s new ‘motor show’ at Salone del Mobile
Audi’s new design strategy
2012 Paris Motor Show review
Audi City: a new digital car showroom
Home Sweet Home
Porsche Boxster design review
BMW at the London Olympics
Renault Twizy electric pod
Car ads: What they say about brands
Ryoji Ikeda’s data.anatomy[civic]
Geneva Show Report 2012
Honda: design and innovation
Infiniti Emerg-e concept
Interview: Steffan Sielaff, Audi design chief
Tokyo Motor Show report
Volkswagen Up review
Frankfurt Motor Show report
Mini Coupe review
Porsche Panamera S Hybrid review
BMW i3 and i8 preview
BMW i3 and i8 unveil
In talk with Rolls Royce chief executive
BMW electric Project i
Breaking the silent drive
RCA Vehicle Design Show 2011
Topless cars
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe review
Cygnet in the City
Audi RS3 Sportback review
Aston Martin Cygnet
Shanghai Motor Show 2011 report
BMW 6 Series Convertible review
Getting the mix right Manga style
Mercedes-Benz SLK review
Geneva Motor Show 2011 report
Interview Klaus Bischoff, director of design at VW
Audi A6 review
Voiture Minimum Le Corbusier and the Automobile
Audi Urban Future Awards
Volkswagen electric taxi concept
Infiniti M review
Mercedes-Benz CLS review
McLaren Automotive’s Foster+Partners building preview
Book review: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art
Paris Motor Show 2010 report
Porsche Cayenne review
BMW’s Megacity Vehicle report
BMW’s i sub-brand report
RCA Vehicle Design Show report
Jeff Koons BMW Art Car
Audi Urban Future Awards
Interview Gorden Wagener Design boss Mercedes-Benz
Gorden Wagener discusses Mercedes-Benz sub-brand Style
BMW World: Come worship the temple of style
Geneva Motor Show 2010 report
In talk with Chris Bangle

 

 

 

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