Interview: Virgil Abloh and Gorden Wagener imagine a new kind of luxury design

Project Geländewagen is a fictionalised G-Wagen/G-Class racecar, stripped of all clichés of opulence. This experimental project is the collaborative work of the Mercedes-Benz creative chief Gorden Wagener and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director and founder of fashion label Off-White Virgil Abloh. The product they have imagined together is the antithesis... Read More

Rolls-Royce Ghost is a peek into the new face of luxury

2020 Rolls-Royce Ghost © Leigh Banks The new Rolls Royce Ghost is reflective of a visual language for a (hopefully) more subtle and discreet post-pandemic luxury landscape. Seen – and to be driven later this month – this is an accomplished product that wears its wealth lightly. And I’m sincerely hoping the design team will entice their wealthy and influential... Read More

The ultimate car accessory could be this Negroni Trunk

A little while ago I co-wrote a book entirely dedicated to the sweet side of life – much of which existed purely in the imagination. The design critic Stephen Bayley generously wrote of The Life Negroni: ‘It is an album, a love letter, a guide, a memoir and a rich source of graphic delight.’ With a sweet spot for any project that defies convention... Read More

How the luxury landscape will change post-pandemic

Rolls-Royce Phantom V by Lunaz Rolls-Royce is calling it post-opulence. Bannenberg & Rowell say it is post-hedonism. Is luxury about to enter a new age? The reality is with almost any product or experience casually labelled ‘luxury’, the concept no longer holds any special value. Today, luxury is more than often brash, vulgar, and a mirror of the less... Read More

Classic adventure in the Adirondack Guideboat

Adirondack Guideboat’s Vermont Fishing Dory craft Adirondack Guideboat is a heritage company based in Vermont, New England in the US, where brothers Justin and Ian Martin craft rowing boats from sustainable cedar wood and lightweight fibreglass using artisan skills that honour the classic design passed down some 150 years. As this global pandemic’s devastating... Read More

From post-opulence to pos-hedonism, meet the new age of luxury

As Bannenberg & Rowell reveal the latest Estrade motor yacht – a vessel dedicated to the pleasure in sailing the seas – Dickie Bannenberg, one half of the celebrated London yacht studio, says post-hedonism will define post-pandemic yacht design. Read on  Read More

Is the future of luxury defined by post-opulence?

Under coronavirus lockdown, I’ve been involved in some really interesting discussions with designers. This was a particularly candid talk with Alex Innes, head of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Coachbuild Design on the future of the luxury landscape. He is calling the post-pandemic era one of post-opulence – an age where timeless objects will gain more value and customers... Read More

An interview with industrial designer Ross Lovegrove

Recently I met with Ross Lovegrove to see his latest work, a unique collection of haute parfumerie vessels. At his studio in Notting Hill, the industrial designer discussed how F1 conceptually informed his design. We spoke of how the complex geometries and advanced sculptural forms continue his search into the possibilities of generative design – unifying technology,... Read More

Insight: Paolo Pininfarina on the past and future of the famed Italian design studio

Pininfarina is responsible for some of the most enduring and exotic motor cars in design history. Founded by Battista ‘Pinin’ Farina in 1930, the carrozzeria has sketched products that have become icons for Ferrari, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo – to name a few. The studio works within the wider creative world too, designing jets, yachts, trains, buses, and other industrial... Read More

V&A takes on the car as a design object in new exhibition

Robert Bosh electronic control unit and wiper blade, 1926 (c) Bosch The motor car has shaped our modern world and is about to define its future. In its 130 years, this object of desire and destruction has been critical in enforming our lives – from the design of our cities and our relation to the countryside, to how we work, live and communicate with one another. In... Read More