Exhibitions – Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican

‘I get my facts from books, stuff on atomisers, the blues, ethyl alcohol, geese in Egyptian glyphs,’ wrote Jean-Michel Basquiat, the American artist who, in his short life (1960-1988), drew, painted, wrote, made lyrical, vibrant, radical, exciting, colourful, powerful works of art. ‘I don’t know how to describe my work,’ he said later. ‘It’s like asking Miles, how does your horn sound?’ Basquiat:... Read More

Highlights of London Design Festival 2017

The creative industries are worth close to £90bn a year to the economy, offering some three million jobs here. It is a ‘serious, big, wealth-earning and reputation-enhancing’ sector, Sir John Sorrell told the Financial Times this weekend. These numbers came back to me as the London Design Festival (16-24 September) kicked off bringing colour and creativity to pockets of this dynamic city. In its fifteenth year, LDF is expecting some 350,000... Read More

Bentley design director introduces new Continental GT

‘I had to ask myself if we should make something completely different, or do an evolution of the existing design codes,’ says Bentley Motors director of design Stefan Sielaff as we settle down in London to discuss his creative approach to the marque’s latest product, the new Continental GT, ahead of its formal reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show. He continues, ‘I felt it would be a shame to behave too harshly with a brand like this. It... Read More

Electric luxury: Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet studies the ultimate in luxury electric driving for the Mercedes-Benz pinnacle sub-brand. Exhibited at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this week, it recalls a more innocent time when coachbuilders sculpted hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets. To me it is a smile and a nod to my favourite era, the world of Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, the French Riviera, “To Catch a Thief”… Read the full story here. #gallery-4... Read More

The world of Enzo Ferrari explored in new exhibition

As Ferrari turns 70, the Design Museum in London is planning ‘Ferrari: Under the Skin’ (15 November 2017 and run to 15 April 2018) to celebrates the life and work of the visionary founder Enzo Ferrari and the company he set out to create in 1947 based purely on his passion for motor racing and his mission to make the world’s most alluring performance machines. Read the full story here. #gallery-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5... Read More

The new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in picture

Last night saw the opening of V&A Exhibition Road Quarter – the much-anticipated new addition to my favourite London gallery. The work of Amanda Levete and her architecture practice AL_A, it includes a dramatic entrance onto Exhibition Road, and an impressive courtyard that celebrates the V&A’s storied past. New spaces for exhibitions include the Sainsbury Gallery, Sackler Courtyard and Blavatnik Hall. The scheme has taken... 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

What is luxury? BMW chief designer 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 the third of our interviews with some of the leading creatives,... 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 the fourth of our interviews with some of the leading creatives,... Read More

Reclaiming the word luxury

I’m often asked to consult for luxury brands, to consider what is luxury now and in the future, and how to communicate this effectively editorially and otherwise. This came to mind whilst watching Boyhood the other night. Not being my first screening, I was able to reflect on it in peace. For anyone who hasn’t seen this film, Boyhood is a coming-of-age movie shot in real time – the director Richard Linklater gathered the same cast... Read More

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