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 tells me the Countach remains a great informer of the Italian supercar... 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 1950s and 60s fashion photographer, best known for his portraits... 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-3 { margin: auto; } #gallery-3 .gallery-item { float:... Read More

Rolls-Royce CEO On The Brand And The Next Phantom

Eleanor Thornton was a charming actress and artists’ muse who took a job at Car Illustrated where she met John Edward Scott-Montagu, the second Baron Montagu of Beaulieu. They began a passionate affair, had a child and secretly stayed together until her untimely death when she drowned age only 35 as the SS Persia Asia she was sailing on was torpedoed. The Baron loved his cars and in particular his Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, and so in 1910 he... Read More

Bugatti design director on form follows performance

The Chiron is the most powerful, the fastest and most exclusive car built by Bugatti. This hypercar has succeeded the Veyron as the luxury marque’s sole model. Only 500 are made, and retails at over £2m. It may be a hugely indulgent and exclusive car, yet the Chiron remains an inspired example of industrial design – pure and uncluttered, and staying true to Bugatti’s design ethos ‘form follows performance’. Ettore Bugatti, the... Read More

Meet the Sir Peter Blake Pop Art car

Bentley’s first pop art car is a playful collage of bright blue, yellow and pink with a bold red heart-shape at its centre, multi-coloured leather seats and pink gear leaver designed by Sir Peter Blake and created by the skilled engineers and artisan Mulliner team at the Crewe factory. We are at the London auction house Bonhams to meet the pioneer of British pop art and witness the car’s debut. Based on the 200mph Continental GT V8 S Convertible,... 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 hybrid technology. We caught up with design director Frank Stephenson... Read More

Design and innovations from Geneva Motor Show

Earlier this month we attended the Geneva Motor Show. The annual event is a great place to observe the future of vehicle design, and even though the offerings are far less conceptual than they used to be, there remains a nice buzz leading up to the show. The degree of innovation – be it in design, material use and manufacturing methods – is at the highest level in the automotive sector. It never ceases to astonish how much they have... Read More

Rolls-Royce expresses modern luxury with Dawn

The idea of luxury has evolved to be something quite complex. The word is being overused, often misused, and is in danger of losing its power and prestige, forcing its custodians to explore luxury further and within the context of contemporary life. A recent exhibition What is Luxury?, set out to speculate on the concept for future generations, in the process adding such words as authenticity, legacy, access, resource, journey, skill, and memory... Read More

Design insight: New BMW 7 Series

We are in Munich at BMW Welt, as in World, designed by the avant-garde Austrian architect Coop Himmelb(l)au as a hybrid of car showroom, entertainment venue and conference centre. Completed in 2007, it is now the second most visited site in the city. It is easy to see why. This is a fantastical structure of glass and steel that protrudes majestically up and into the clouds simultaneously sings to its neighbouring sites the Olympiapark and BMW... Read More

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