McLaren CEO on the future of the luxury car marque

There are plenty of new companies joining the car making game. Few will survive. McLaren Automotive is not even a decade old, yet the company operates in a calm and mature fashion, and with the F1 expertise at hand as well as a brave approach to design, the products are hugely fresh and exciting. I spoke with Mike Flewitt, company CEO, on the future of the luxury performance... Read More

Radical design: Creatives at the frontline for change

Bertolt Brecht wrote: ‘Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.’ I grew up surrounded by politics. Raised in Iran at the height of its turbulent years, it was impossible not to be. Later, as an adolescent cocooned in the sanctuary of Europe, I rejected it all for I saw my life in the creative world where politics, seemingly, had... Read More

Utopian visions: SO-IL’s MINI Living at Salone del Mobile

In 2011, the Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto built a house in central Tokyo designed to break with the traditional codes of living. His House NA challenges ideas of comfort and of privacy – the lightweight living hubs stack one on top of another to be inhabited privately or collectively, and are exposed to the busy surrounding city. House NA is meant to be provocative,... Read More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read More

Celebrated photographer Mark Shaw exhibits at Aston Martin

Art of Living is luxury carmaker Aston Martin’s lifestyle arm, dedicated to exploring the world surrounding its exotic sports cars. Through carefully-considered partnerships, this sub-brand of sorts offers clothing and accessory lines, luxury apartments, wild and exclusive experiences. The latest Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time is an exhibition of the work of the celebrated... Read More