The Crespi Touch
McCobb & Modularity
Gabriella Crespi attracted a cult following thanks to her penchant for creating geometric, sculptural objects with an abundance of glamour.
Bronze discs that open up like clamshells and fold back to become side tables; sleek cubes that transform into full-size dining tables; clean-lined boxes that contain multilevel shelving. Looking at the work of Italian designer-architect Gabriella Crespi, it’s hard to believe that her highly functional pieces were created decades ago.
The Romance of the Floating Palace
For 20 years Paul McCobb designed an extensive range of multi-functional furniture, accessories and textiles. By Jonathan Goldstein.
Coming from humble beginnings with minimal education and no training in design, Paul McCobb became one of the most recognised and influential designers on the American design scene of the 1950s and 60s
Are you a Brutalist?
As the largest machines of their age by far, ocean liners have become powerful symbols of progress and 20th-century modernity. This February the V&A will re-imagine the golden age of ocean travel with a major new exhibition. (Image of Titanic in dry dock ©Getty Images)
Britain's Most Extraordinary Home
Concrete buildings, replaces, furniture, lighting, sculpture and jewellery – once you start looking, Brutalism can be found just about everywhere!
But what exactly is Brutalism? The Brutalist label can be applied to the work of a number of architects working in the 1950s, 60s and 70s – such as British couple Alison and Peter Smithson, Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, and Miles Warren from New Zealand. They all used contemporary materials and techniques to create buildings that sat comfortably with the geography.
Spellbound in Spitalfields
At midday on 6th October 1990 John Trevillian stepped into a three-bedroomed, semi-detached, ex-council house in Essex and started a personal journey that grew into a 25-year project: To take a standard English dwelling and transform it into a wonderland of inspirational locations, each set in a different time and place.
The ‘Gentle Author’ writes a blog every single day about his life in the heart of London. We join him on a visit to a magnificent Spitalfields home, lavished with a collection of natural history specimens, old masters, architectural and religious artefacts. Welcome to Malplaquet House...