New books celebrate the Bauhaus centenary and its legacy

I attended an art and design foundation course much like the famous Vorkurs run by Josef Albers and László Moholy-Nagy, a year-long requirement for all new Bauhaus students before they could progress to study in a specific workshop. In a similar way to how the Bauhauslers ran the famous art school a century ago, mine was a place that taught experimentation and encouraged abstraction, tasking us to find our own unique solutions. And it happened... Read More

See the best in sustainable car design at the Geneva Show

The ecological car revolution has been more of a slow, at times painfully so, evolution. Talk of hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid electrics, pure EVs has been going on for a long time and it has taken some strict legislation to finally push carmakers to react and commit. So it was exciting to finally see the more progressive side of motoring at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show – a sentiment that chimes with the early days of the motor car, when it was... Read More

Spiders inform Tomás Saraceno’s latest art installation

What can we learn from spiders and their intricate woven webs, and how can this help us find sustainable ways of sensing and inhabiting the environment? Take a look at the installation by the Berlin based artist Tomás Saraceno. From the cosmic web to the minute dust particles collecting on the silken threads, it makes for a provocative dialogue on our connections to one another, and to the wider universe. Take a closer look in my report in Wallpaper*. #gallery-3... Read More

Discover innovative, extreme, ingenious urban designs in ‘The Contemporary House’

The Bauhaus, 100 this year, has impacted tremendously on the creative world ideologically and aesthetically. It has transformed how we design our homes, the objects we choose to live with, and urban life. Yet, the 21st century is facing its own unique and hugely urgent challenges – globalisation, rapid urbanisation and rising environmental concerns. Cities are overcrowded, new buildings must meet stringent energy requirements and negotiate... Read More

Guido, the self-driving, self-mixing urban bar-on-demand

Guido is a self-driving robotics bar by the Italian design and research studio Carlo Ratti and robotics bartender experts Makr Shakr. It uses an autonomous vehicles platform and features two mechanical arms that can precisely prepare and serve any cocktail combination in a matter of seconds. Much like an Uber of the bar world, Guido offers an app-based on-demand system with wider ambitions to create social hubs in otherwise neglected urban... Read More

Japan House London presents ‘Prototyping in Tokyo’ to illustrate design-led innovation

‘I’m told there is something Japanese in my prototyping,’ says professor Yamanaka Shunji, ‘that it has this “Japanese style”’, he smiles as he guides us around ‘Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating Design-led Innovation’ (until 17 March, 2019). The design engineer and University of Tokyo professor continues: ‘I don’t go about trying to be so, but perhaps there is something in the attitude that is Japanese.’ We are at the... Read More

Top car creative partnerships of 2018: Art, design and architecture

Car cultural collaborations have to be relevant to our time and to the brand, otherwise they can feel a touch ornamental. As the industry dips its toes ever-deeper into the creative world, eager to build brands based on not just vehicle sales but offering a broader lifestyle, here are my top art, design and creative collaborations of 2018. #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top:... Read More

Best new books on architecture and design for 2018

Once-upon-a-time design theory was considered art history’s inferior sibling – a bit of a side-subject. When in 1989 Terence Conran and Stephen Bayley opened the doors to the cubic white Design Museum at Shad Thames, it was such a revelation. Finally, the applied arts were given a platform to talk. Some years later I recall my excitement at discovering a university course in Design History that promised to dissect and analyse the subject... Read More

Danish modern, introducing the Biomega electric city car

SIN is a small electric city car concept by the Danish designer bicycle brand Biomega. This crossover utility vehicle is stripped back to maximize space. The open-wheel vehicle typology allows for a flat floor and easy maneuvering in tight urban spaces, whilst the fascia front window maximizes road visibility as well as help create a bright and light cabin. A prototype at this stage, but aimed to be in production by 2021, this is the first... Read More

Chris Bangle talks REDS, a completely new kind of automobile

I met Chris Bangle many many years ago at the start of my career as he gave a passionate speech at the Design Museum in London on car design and the future of transport. And it has been completely fascinating following his thoughts through our marathon conversations – seeing his projects at BMW come alive, and now witnessing his work and ideas develop further through his independent consultancy. He is one of a handful of contemporary car... Read More

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