London celebrates design & ideology with new biennale

London is in the midst of quite a creative moment. The Design Museum is soon to open in the £83m conversion of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, and the V&A has announced plans for a second museum of visual culture in east London’s Olympicopolis at the south end of the Olympic Park where there will also be a Sadler’s Wells and Washington DC’s Smithsonian outposts. But before all this kicks off, the city will experience... Read More

Arik Levy and Baccarat design the Hennessy 8 bottle

This striking design is by Arik Levy for the Hennessy 8. The Paris-based multi-disciplinary artist collaborated with crystal specialist Baccarat for this limited-edition bottle and case. The design evokes the spirit of the cognac maker, its rich history and is a nod to the future. Together with the Fillioux clans, Hennessy has, for more than 200 years, created some of the finest cognacs in the world. The former founded the maison in 1765,... Read More

Martini, endorsing the avant-garde

A new world has opened up to us through a project we’ve been involved with. The Life Negroni is a book about a classic Italian cocktail. It is also the story of so many other elements, including history, people, art, design and branding – the components that have created this drink. And it has been a fascinating journey. But more on the full project later. In terms of design history, two of the most intriguing companies we have come across... Read More

100 Ways to Create a Great Ad…

… and a 100 Ideas That Changed the Web Two new books landed on our doorstep the other day: 100 Ways to Create a Great Ad and 100 Ideas that Changed the Web. As their names suggest, they act as introductions as well as excellent reference books for creatives involved in these areas. As we all know, a great ad – well in print format anyway – is basically the marriage of clever copywriting with strong visuals. Here author, Tim Collins,... Read More

Campari, the art of advertising

Campari is closely linked to Milan. Come aperitivo time, when the bustling city settles to enjoy a drink or two in celebration of the start of the evening, the distinctive bright, red hue decorates almost every bar table in town. Milan is a true aficionada of its local product. The love affair owes more to just the unique taste of this bitter spirit. It has to do with Davide Campari, the son of Gaspare the liquid’s inventor, and the man who... Read More

Richard James, fashion and BMW

BMW Park Lane transformed last week. This bright and airy car showroom, with its clean architecture and uncluttered interior, and vistas of Hyde Park, turned into a catwalk – a busy runway, models parading pastel-coloured summer suits along the long and narrow interior space. BMW Park Lane was the unusual venue for designer Richard James’ 2014 Spring/Summer collection, unveiled as part of London Collection: Men (LC:M). Only in its second year,... Read More