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

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

Meet Bannenberg & Rowell, celebrated yacht designer studio

There are few professions with quite the allure of yacht design. With their purity of shape and the sexy promise of drifting at sea, sailboats, in particular, feel like the ultimate objects of desire. Yet designing boats, those in the class we’re about to discuss, requires tremendous expertise. Superyachts can be the size of a hotel; they have to perform all sorts of roles... Read More

Bentley explores colour and texture with Continental Supersports

I visit the home of Bentley Motors in Crewe to meet with the marque’s director of interior design Romulus Rost to see how his team have crafted the new Continental Supersports cabin, working with and exploring interesting materials, textures and applications to express modern luxury for the car maker’s highest performance GT. Read the full story here. #gallery-13... Read More

Ian Callum talks Jaguar I-Pace electric car design

Meet Jaguar‘s first all-electric proposition. The I-Pace, revealed in November as a conceptual study at the LA Auto Show, is one of the most important Jaguar cars to be released since the E-Type. It represents a big step for the marque too, for it is the company’s first pure battery-powered electric product. This isn’t just a design study either – Jaguar is promising... Read More

Thomas Ingenlath discusses Volvo’s modern design identity

Thomas Ingenlath has been directing the Volvo design team in Gothenburg since 2012 – his mission here is to forge a strong visual identity for the Swedish marque. Volvo used to have a pretty definite brand message as the maker of safe and robust family cars. Volvo cars were synonymous with utility, but being utilitarian isn’t quite the sexy image a car marque in the... Read More

In talk with Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern

Jaguar Land Rover is going through an incredible time. The undisputed makers of sports-utility cars, way before SUV became a household name, is redesigning its core models and introducing new cars. Last week the marque revealed its new Discovery design, a pinnacle model in the Discovery range to bridge the more luxurious Range Rover and soon to be updated rugged Defender. The... Read More

Nautical design: Defining luxury in motion

Massimo edonismo. Maximum hedonism is how the former Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo famously described the marque. Yet, the concept of luxury has been evolving for some time away from this perhaps crude description to include a much more complex set of values such as time, authenticity, privacy, serenity, sustainability – even, it seems, amongst the über wealthy superyacht... Read More

Frank Stephenson on McLaren, 570 GT and car design

McLaren Automotive has ambitious plans. This relatively new company in its contemporary form, established only six years ago as the road car making arm of the race firm, is envisaging a £1bn expansion plan to produce fifteen new models and derivatives over the next six years. It is also aiming to increase annual sales from 1600 to 5000 cars, with half of these driven by sustainable... Read More

What is luxury? Rolls-Royce design director discusses

The concept of luxury has evolved to include a much more complex set of values. Time, authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skills and memory – these are just some of the concepts joining the more classic terms associated with luxury. And going forward, when the car becomes essentially a high-tech gadget in the age of autonomous driving, what will define true luxury? In... Read More