South African Artist Esther Mahlangu Brings Ndebele Art to BMW Once More

The first woman commissioned to create a BMW art car (back in 1991), South African artist Esther Mahlangu, has seen her relationship with BMW reignite once more. The automaker recently tapped Mahlangu for interior paneling that would further employ her colorful motifs—drawn from the Ndebele tradition of message-laden house painting—something she learned from her grandmother. The result is astounding—a joyful punctuation to the vehicle. And as for what’s …

“Call Me By Your Name” Director Tries Interior Design

Call Me By Your Name garnered rave reviews for its acting, directorial qualities and, quite frankly, its completeness. But some of the loveliest moments in the film are anchored by beautiful backdrops and stunning corridors. Director Luca Guadagnino admits that he’d always dreamt of working in interior design—that his sets, with their layered details, were his expression of that dream. Now, he has. “Space is the …

Weiss Reimagines Their American Issue Field Watch for the Artisans of Freedom Initiative

A collaboration aimed at enhancing artisan training in the United States

Today, Allen Edmonds announced a marketplace of American-made products as part of their Artisans of Freedom initiative. The collection spans jackets, pants, watches, suits, bags and glasses—all produced in the United States following traditional methods. Cameron Weiss, one of the handful of artisans included in the initiative, owns and manufactures his own line of watches, called the Weiss Watch Company. For Allen Edmonds he customized his American …

Alfa Romeo Launches B-Tech With Their Own Proprietary Color

Stelvios, Giulias and Giuliettas in EMEA now offer a black trim package with all of the brand's tech, too

In what felt more like a panel talk than a press conference, Alfa Romeo launched its B-Tech series at the Centro Stile (design center) of its Turin headquarters. The host was Roberta Zerbi, head of the brand in the EMEA markets, and her guests included Klaus Busse, Head of Design for Alfa Romeo (as well as Fiat, Abarth, Lancia and Maserati); Claudio Nervi, the Head …

Test Drive: The All-New 2019 Cadillac XT4

A compact crossover for the luxury audience

“We had a 23-year innovation gap that unfortunately persisted for many decades,” Cadillac spokesman Andrew Lipman admits. Now the Detroit luxury brand is ready to speed past competition with the launch of the all-new 2019 Cadillac XT4, a compact crossover billed as the stately Escalade’s younger sibling. General Motors’ high-end marque has had its share of recent shakeups, including the departure of its president and …