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 will form deeper relations with luxury brandsRead the full interview... 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

‘Living Colours’ at Japan House explores the ancient art of colour mixing

‘The Tale of Genji’ was written a thousand years ago and is considered one of the first modern novels. Penned by a lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibuthe, it describes the colourful lives of the courtiers and courtesan of the Heian period (794 to 1185), the peak of Japan’s imperial court and a time noted for its appreciation of the arts, in particular poetry and literature. Members of the court wrote and exchange love poems on dyed fans or... 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-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align:... Read More

Best car designs of 2018: Luxury, clean, autonomous

It has been an interesting year for the motor car as the auto world navigates the post-petrol age. Whereas sustainable driving used to mean compromising on style and performance – think the awkward-looking G-Wiz – it appears we need not lose much, if anything, from the golden age of the motor car. As it happens, electric cars are an awful lot of fun to drive and the new mechanics allow for a great deal of creative imagination. Here are my 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

Driving towards the progressive future

This is an exciting time to be involved in the car industry. As the new chapter in the story of the automobile unfolds, it faces and, to some extent, embraces fundamental changes. Despite some cynicism and a degree of denial amongst hard-edge traditionalists, changes are happening and the general reaction is positive. It is hard not to find parallels with the murky world of today’s politics where progressive ideas are also shunned by those who... Read More

Design Museum presents the rebel couturier Azzedine Alaïa

‘I make clothes, women make fashion,’ said Azzedine Alaïa famously. He was the fashion world’s outsider, the rebel couturier, some would argue the last real couturier for he made everything himself and to perfection. Alaïa oversaw the construction of each and every one of his commissioned garments. He was highly skilled as a designer and technician, and he would almost always allow the material, often advanced technical fabrics, to speak... Read More

Rolls-Royce introduces the Cullinan SUV

This is Cullinan, the much-anticipated SUV by Rolls-Royce. The prelude has been long. The maker of the world’s most luxurious and crafted motor cars has kept us waiting and guessing and anticipating for over three years when it first announced plans to create its very first all-terrain vehicle. This is an SUV that promises to be above all others – the most luxurious of all off-roaders and the most technological Rolls-Royce in history. Discover... Read More

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