It was established in 1382, Winchester College, the famed school for boys, and it set a tradition, not only in competitive education, but also in school design that we can see throughout the UK and the US. Not Eton, but Winchester is Egngand's oldest school, existed in its present location since its very beginning, set the longest unbroken history of any school in England. Touring the school with my cousin Adrian Feuchtwanger who is a graduate from Winchester made the experience breathtaking.
Loved this new and whimsical vessles in porcelain slip by the Haas Brothers at R & Company and cannot wait for the first solo show of their work in the fall.
Nearly a century after the discovery of what is considered the most important archeological discovery of the 20th century, the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamun are yet to be properly studied. The reason? The curse. Now a new show "Discovering Tutankhamun" at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, comes to unveil one of the best kept secrets of Egyptology.
Herman Miller, the legendary modern furniture manufacturer has acquired 84% ownership in Design Within Reach, the retailer of modernist furniture and furnishings. A perfect match and a new force is being born in the design world.
There, you would find stools inspired by food, planks of ancient oak dipped in clear resin to make a fabulous dining table, chandelier composed of colored Czech glass and other unusual cutting edge pieces. While design boutiques are being sprouted all over the place, it is rare to see one on the level of MINT located in Central London; it was established in 1998 by Lina Kanafani, a true design lover.
The blockbuster exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, 1945-2014, comes to tell the story of Italian fashion from its birth in the postwar years to the international acclaim it has achieved in the past three decades. Like in other forms of design, the victory of Italian fashion is rooted in the tradition and expertise of handcraftsmanship, embroidery, tailoring, leather, all of which have brought to the glamour of Italian fashion.
While Mattia Bonetti joins the long trail of remarkable French design, Shinichi Sumikawa, who is known for his stylish Walkman and radios for SONY, does the same for Japanese design. Since 1992, when he established Sumikawa Design in Tokyo, he has designed everything from cars to sports gear, to furniture, bringing the principles of Japanese aesthetics to the world of 21st design with sleek, organic, sophisticated form.
Summer of 2014 will be remembered in history for the Israeli war in Gaza. The summer of 1814, the Sir John Soane Museum is reminding us, celebrated peace after the Treaty of Paris following the fall of Napoleon. In a special exhibition that comes to commemorate this pivotal moment, the museum shows pieces that came to celebrate the even through the eyes of its contemporaries.
Ever since I last interviewed Mattia Bonetti, his work has become even more connected to the tradition of French design. The new solo show of his work at the David Gill Galleries in London, which I visited yesterday demonstrates Bonetti's commitment for traditional materials such as bronze, rock crystal, marble, and wood, and his ability to revisit French design throughout its history (Louis XVI, Art Deco, Jean Royere), and to contribute his own vision to its narrative.