Cartier in the Twentieth Century

The first wristwatch Cartier created was in 1904, the square-shaped Santos-Dumont bracelet for the Brazilian pilot of the same name who had complained to his friend Louis Cartier, the grandson of the founder, that he couldn’t tell the time with both hands on the controls whilst flying. It was arguably the Tank prototype of 1917, however, that set a new standard in contemporary wristwatch design. Legend has it that Louis took visual inspiration... Read More

Objects of desire: Pavilion Art & Design

It is Frieze Week, as it is come to be known, and London is at the centre if an art-frenzy. There is so much going on that the sheer volume is exhausting, and it is impossible to keep up. It is also becoming increasingly tough to shine in such an art-packed annual schedule. The art world – its collectors, aficionados, hangers on here for the parties alone – have descended on the capital city, and artists and galleries want to be seen,... Read More

F1 inspires men’s jewellery line

The world of high-performance racing cars could not be further away than that of jewellery, so it was intriguing to see the outcome of a recent collaborative venture between the king of Formula One McLaren and jeweller Links of London. Fashion is often flirting with carmakers. High-end brands such as Rolls Royce, Bentley and Aston Martin are forever commissioning luxury marques such as Louis Vitton to create bespoke luggage for them, or to help... Read More

Emerging designers at LDF 2010

Product design students at London’s Royal College of Art are being trained to transform their innovative design proposals into commercially viable solutions. The Design Products Collection, launched at the London Design Festival in September, is a new initiative by the RCA’s Design Products department to help students create products intended for serial production. The inaugural edition – to be exhibited next at the 2011 Milan... Read More