James Turrell by Amy Raphael

13 June 2014

James Turrell, now 71, is a hyphenate with a grand silver beard that makes him look like the daddy of all hipsters. One of America’s greatest living artists, he is also a pilot and a rancher who ten... read more
James Turrell by Amy Raphael
A Skyspace light installation by James Turrell ©Corbis

The Isokon Building by David Burke

15 May 2014

Lawn Road Flats, also known as the Isokon building, was home to some of the most prominent Soviet spies working in England in the Thirties and Forties, but this seminal modular building also attracted... read more
The Isokon Building by David Burke
The Isokon building on Lawn Road in Belsize Park, North London. Designed by Wells Coates, it housed a series of illustrious artists, designers, writers and spies throughout the middle part of the twentieth century. ©Alamy

Kraftwerk by Danny Eccleston

29 April 2014

It is April 1978, and journalists and music executives attending the Paris launch party of Kraftwerk's seventh album, The Man-Machine, are in for a surprise. Climbing to the top of the recen... read more
Kraftwerk by Danny Eccleston
Left to Right: Karl Bartos, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider and Wolfgang Flür in 1978. © Everett Collection Historical / Alamy

Bauhaus by Jonathan Bell

11 April 2014

The modern image of the Bauhaus has been co-opted by the resurgence of interest in big 'M' Modernism. For many, the name is now shorthand for crisp white-walled architecture or bent metal and leather ... read more
Bauhaus by Jonathan Bell
An incarnation of the Bauhaus Logo: Large Signet 'Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar', by Oskar Schlemmer, 1922. © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Transforming Life Through Art: Naum Gabo by Emily King

25 March 2014

The artist Naum Gabo lived through unsettled times. Born in Russia in 1890, he was buffeted from one country to another by the wars and revolutions of the 20th century: to Germany, to Norway, back to ... read more
Transforming Life Through Art: Naum Gabo by Emily King
Linear Construction No. 2, 1970-1 © Tate, London 2014

Joseph Beuys: The Original Cultural Engineer by Katie Baron

10 March 2014

Fine artists, as per the job description, have always had a special knack for bothering the status quo, but few more so perhaps than the conceptual artist Joseph Beuys - a standout 20th-century radica... read more
Joseph Beuys: The Original Cultural Engineer by Katie Baron
Joseph Beuys sets up an installation of his artwork ©Keystone/Corbis

The Life and Work of Bruno Munari by Emily King

18 February 2014

Bruno Munari defied categorisation. You couldn’t call him a graphic designer, yet he created more than 60 books over his career. He doesn’t fit the description of product designer, yet the manufac... read more
The Life and Work of Bruno Munari by Emily King
Bruno Munari in Milan, 1950. Photo by Federico Patellani. Regione Lombardia / Museo do Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan.

The Meaning of Aston Martin by Stephen Bayley

06 February 2014

I have a French friend returning to Paris after a successful tour of the London media business. Over an au revoir bottle of Château Pontet-Canet he told me what he most wanted to remember of England ... read more
The Meaning of Aston Martin by Stephen Bayley
When it first appeared on the covers of magazines in 1980, the Aston Martin Bulldog was stunning evidence that the designers were still capable of creating a real supercar. Image courtesy of Aston Martin.

In Conversation: Carlo Brandelli and Nick Knight Discuss the Kilgour Film

30 December 2013

For 2014, Carlo Brandelli returns to Kilgour – the Savile Row brand where he was Creative Director from 2004 to 2009, and which he modernised and evolved into a 21st-century fashion house. At the ti... read more
In Conversation: Carlo Brandelli and Nick Knight Discuss the Kilgour Film
Still from the Nick Knight and Carlo Brandelli film

The Art of Fencing by James Peel

24 December 2013

The façade was ordinary. A row of terraced houses near Hyde Park; a street that once contained its own smaller community: a greengrocer, wooden fruit and vegetable stands, a butcher – swing-doors, ... read more
The Art of Fencing by James Peel
'Nude Males Fencing', a photograph taken from Eadweard Muybridge's 'Animal Locomotion', 1887 (Getty Images)