The joint winners were the compressed air-powered GM Aera (pictured here) and the Smart 454 Weight Watch Technologies beach buggy concept, the latter featuring a knitted carbon fibre chassis, plus Smart-familiar modular clip-on construction and recycled plastic panels.
Cora Sheibani: From left to right - Cupcake ring with gold sprinkles, 18kt rose cold with bone; Spitzbueb ring, 18kt yellow gold with lapiz lazuli; lavender Jelly ring, 18kt rose gold, lavander Jadeite and purple sapphire; green decorated Gugelhopf ring, 18kt white gold with diamonds; cupcake ring with sprinkles, 18kt white gold, ebony and diamonds; cream tartlet ring, 18kt white and yellow gold and cacholong opal
Taking inspiration from its stores from Hong Kong to Zurich, Aesop has revealed a collection of gift kits, which will thrill even its most loyal fans. Each of the seven sets is named after an Aesop address and comes with an edited A-Z guide to steer you through their neighbourhood’s cultural haunts. Apart from being useful, the kits are filled with a thoughtful selection of full-sized classics and packaged in a black nylon case to serve those always on the go.
The white portrait-style envelopes that we receive regularly from Comme des Garçons are always a treat
IDEO’s inspired error message
While swotting up on Prince Philip Prize winner Bill Moggridge, we found ourselves directed to this error message on design agency IDEO’s website. A little embarrassing perhaps, given that he co-founded the company, but IDEO more than redeems itself with this little work of art.
Inside Anish Kapoor’s London studio
Artist Anish Kapoor recently opened the doors of his epic London studio to Wallpaper*, taking us on a private tour. ‘My studio’s not a factory - it’s a place for experimentation, invention, discovery and excavation,’ he says. ‘It’s where I look for things to put into the world.’ Kapoor is currently busy preparing for his first ever show in India, opening later this month in the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and the Mehboob Film Studios, Mumbai.
Spotting an Olafur Eliasson or Grayson Perry from among works by emerging artists or RCA graduates is harder than you might think - or so it would seem from this little selection. But that’s exactly the point of the RCA Secret. You won’t know who the artworks are by until you buy. So unless your eyes are trained enough to spot a Tracey Emin scribble, or you have intimate knowledge of the weird world of Jake Chapman, you’re forced to choose on aesthetic merit alone. And even then, the artists might defy expectations.