Without realising it, we’re on autopilot almost all of the time, filtering information aurally, physically and visually at an amazing rate. Our nerve impulses to and from the brain travel as fast as 250 miles per hour, faster than a Formula 1 car!
In September, we saw the launch of the eagerly anticipated Apple Watch. Much has already been said about the potential impact of this device on the worlds of consumer electronics, fashion, well-being and productivity. It’s certainly a step forward when compared with other computers for your wrist already on the market, whatever your view of the design – or indeed of Apple.
India is one of the most stimulating environments I have ever been in. It was in Viluppuram, a small town in the far south-east of India, 40 km west of the Bay of Bengal, that I discovered Rangoli, a symbolic floor art, outside many people’s homes. Rangoli’s ancient symbols are thought to bring good luck and have been passed down through the ages, from one generation to the next, keeping both the art form and the tradition alive and, fortunately for all who visit, creating entrance areas that are both beautiful and meaningful.
An architecturally oriented flexibility and modularity in furnishing is responding to the increasing need for spaces that cover a diversity of user needs.
Following take-off on a recent flight from Hong Kong to London – and just as I settle into my seat – a baby starts to scream! The commotion is coming from towards the back of the A380. I contemplate an entirely sleepless night flight and then suddenly remember the noise cancelling headphones in my bag. I pop them on, flick the switch and press play. Silence! Ahhh...
Creative light-shaping by architects and interior architects, married with ingenious, technologically driven lighting solutions, are changing the way we experience, interact with and use light in work, contract and other spaces. It's a new dawn.
Once upon a time, furniture tended to be designed by furniture designers, interiors by interior designers and products by, well, product designers. Contemporary designers are increasingly ignoring these traditional boundaries between disciplines. As a product designer, I have worked on everything from mobile phones to hotel and airline interiors and, most recently, a range of furniture that exhibited at Milan 2010. Not only are more designers skipping disciplinary boundaries, but the neat distinctions between the stuff that they design is also blurring.
As we hit our fourth hour in the queue at Milan Central train station, another Volcano ash stranded passenger, declared ‘There’s no trains to Paris till Saturday, so I’m buying an old car instead’. An escape in an original Fiat 500 through the Swiss alps came to mind.