The new mascots for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics were unveiled today. This is a piece about the process, outcome and belated promotion for the NuFuWa!Continue reading 2022 冬奥 Beijing Olympic Mascot Design
For the 2018 Designs of the Year Exhibition at the Design Museum, I nominated the medals designed by SWNA for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Then I was asked to put all my thoughts into 140 words.Continue reading Beazley Designs of The Year 2018
Interview at Mindcraft Exhibition, Circle Filologico, Milan
This piece was published by AD China in July 2016. This is the English version. Stine and Enrico were charming to talk to. I found the exhibition far more experiential than informative (not a bad thing) and also hard to get my head round its name, “Mindcraft.” As I was writing it up, my spellcheck kept correcting it to minecraft, with which I am much more familiar.Continue reading GamFratesi Milan 2016
“The light bulb is important as it is the last piece of fire”
I interviewed Ingo Maurer in 2011 for FT Rui, and again covered his show in Milan for AD China in 2016.Continue reading Ingo Maurer — Interview
No one image captures the spirit and mood of Shanghai quite like that of the Bund. While the outlandish skyscrapers on the opposite bank of the HuangPu river proclaim the aspirations of Modern China, the sweep of neo-classical and art-deco buildings situated on the western shoreline tell a more complex story of the city’s fluctuating fortunes over the last 150 years. Once attacked for its representation of bourgeois foreign influence, this area is treasured once more following a transformation into the city’s most smart and fashionable district. At the far end, at the mouth of the Souzhou creek, lies a compound that was created in the earliest days of the settlement. Largely inaccessible from the outset and almost forgotten since the 1960’s, it was once the administrative and legislative heart of the Bund and surrounding area. This secluded gem is now the new home of Patek Phillipe in China.
This feature piece explores the history of the Former British Consul’s Residence and it’s transformation into Maison Patek Shanghai. Published in Patek Philippe Magazine Volume III Number 8, November 2012.Continue reading Maison Patek Philippe: Feature Story
An interview and review of the Rams’ retrospective at the Design Museum in 2010. Published in Blueprint March 2010. The article is formatted as a review which is a shame as I would have like to have included more of the interview.Continue reading Less and More — Dieter Rams at the Design Museum
This is an interview with Naoto Fukasawa and review of the PlusMinusZero product collection in London. Published in Blueprint Magazine October 2009.Continue reading Naoto Fukasawa
This post relates to an exhibition in which I took part at Triennale, Milan, April 2009. The theme was the jukebox, their enduring appeal and contemporary interpretations. I developed a digital jukebox concept that used customised beermat ‘tokens’ to activate the different tracks. Two working models were installed — one in the Triennale exhibition hall and a second that travelled around Milan in a bus. For the catalogue I wrote the following essay:Continue reading Musica Ex Machina – Jukebox A Milano
Watch connoisseurship always seems like such a strange area. My favourite watches are mainly Casio and I’m generally less interested in the mechanism than the typography on the watch face. How amazing, then, to be asked my opinion about watches for the awesome Pen magazine in Japan!Continue reading Watches!
This was the second full review of the fair that I did for Modern Weekly. I used the opportunity to meet two heroes of mine: Denis Santachiara and Claudio Campeggi.Continue reading 2008 Milan Salone Del Mobile — Review