Enter the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 by African architect Francis Kéré

This is Diébédo Francis Kéré’s gentle architectural installation for the annual Serpentine Pavilion project. It will sit here on the lawns of Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park in London until October encouraging the public to enter, sit, read, eat, interact. The 2017 Pavilion is a far cry from last year’s jazzy unzipped wall of cold, hard-edged metallic boxes by Bjarke Ingels.... Read More

Meet the virtual BMW Art Car by Chinese artist Cao Fei

BMW Art Car #18 by Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei takes the iconic series into the 21st century by going digital – through both virtual and augmented reality, inviting the viewer to participate and transform the M6 GT3 racecar into a living sculpture before racing at Macau in November. I go behind the scenes to meet the artist and see how her BMW Art Car reflects the... Read More

Learning from the exotic Lamborghini Countach

A couple of years ago, whilst researching our book The Life Negroni, I asked Adrian van Hooydonk what is his favourite car design of all time. The BMW creative boss immediately responded: Marcello Gandini’s Lamborghini Countach. Of course he would, for this 1970s icon is too gloriously exotic for words. Here in an interview, the Lamborghini design director Mitja Borkert... Read More

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