What some carmakers have been up to in the time of the coronavirus

Like many, the lockdown and the menace of death, has brought a lively focus on the promise of life and of every little detail of nature. My roses seem more abundant than ever, the jasmine sweeter, and the wild garden buzzing with honeybees, so much so that I am tempted (yes I know an urban cliche) into honeymaking. Here’s a little look at some of the imaginative outdoorsy events taking place at car plants with production largely on... Read More

Exploring the allure of sparkling wine with an English twist

English wineries have been building somewhat of a reputation for a crisp, dry sparkling wine with a blended cool-climate grape variety, and made to the classic méthode champenoise. Are they disrupting Champagne, the pinnacle of sparkling wine? We set out on a road trip to meet the makers and see the vineyards. Read the full story in Forbes here All images © Robert Leigh Banks  Read More

Is this the future of the urban commute?

I’ve been exploring some interesting mobility concepts lately. Together they tell a compelling story of the multi-transport model we should expect in the future. This, of course, isn’t a new way of mobility. The motor car, train, tram, bus, aeroplane, helicopter, taxi, hitchhike, cycle, walk, carriage, horse, carriage, donkey – we have long explored on a variety of ways to move about. Yet these solutions are navigating our ever... Read More

Bentley explores the future of sustainable luxury travel with EXP 100 GT

As traditional carmakers study what their place will be in the next chapter of the automobile, this EXP 100 GT by Bentley Motors sets out to explore luxury in the context of clean autonomous travel in an imaginary world of 2035. The form may follow a classic motor car design theme, yet it is conceptually and materially where the EPX 100 really makes a distinctive statement.  Here’s a little teaser as to what to expect from the... Read More

What is luxury? Bentley 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 first of our interviews with some of the leading creatives,... Read More

Introducing the new Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 coupé

These are exciting times for Bentley – this is a radical marque in bourgeois disguise. Steering the creative energy is Luc Donckerwolke, the gifted design director who has been quietly, quietly making some fundamental changes here since he joined over two years ago. Soon on his arrival Donckerwolke formed an entirely new team (the ‘dream team’ as he likes to call them) of established and emerging international designers. He put forward plans... Read More