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
In 2008 I had the chance to work on a book with one of my teachers (and later colleague), Jane Graves. The book is called The Secret Lives of Objects and is a collection of 19 essays — an incredible distillation of Jane’s 30+ years of research, teaching and practice at Central Saint Martins. Initially this was the area of psychoanalytical theory and sociology, later on Jane worked as a psychoanalytical psychotherapist. These essays capture Jane’s ability to bring razor sharp analysis to what many treat as a lightweight area of study — design and aesthetics. So many students learned so much from Jane and this book is a modest attempt to capture some of her approach.
I am sad to report that Jane died on 29th March 2011 at the age of 76Continue reading Collage Image Dialogue in Industrial Design
Winter Sunglasses? Interview with Claire Goldsmith CEO of the iconic brand started by her grandfatherContinue reading Oliver Goldsmith
Published in November 2007, this describes some renovations to St.Pancras in London and the Atomium in Brussels. Opposing ends of a Modern dream.Continue reading Eurostar to Brussels
Published in September 2007, this article is a review of the Camouflage exhibition at London’s Imperial War Museum.Continue reading Camouflage
This essay was produced for the catalogue for the Six Cities Design Festival. It concerns the importance of making in the act of design — a strong philosophy behind the development of the Claystation series of events. “Claystation – Remodelling Scotland, Published and Distributed by The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture. ISBN 1–905061-11–0Continue reading Making is Designing
A feature story about the venerable history of Olympic branding and the awful London 2012 effort. Published in Modern Weekly August, 2007.Continue reading Olympic Branding