Designing the 2019 Audi A8

Symmetrical and smooth, much of this vehicle's appeal is in its subtleties

Forget fine-grain leather and seamless connectivity—although the latest iteration of Audi’s A8 executive sedan certainly has that, too. But the next frontier in luxury, according to the German automaker, is mental clarity. The 2019 Audi A8, the brand’s fourth-generation flagship sedan, is fitted with a “brain-supportive” environment, an exercise in how design can impact calmness. The interior lighting, textures and configuration conspire to “take off …

Celebrating Achille Castiglioni’s Design Legacy in Milan

Iconic and previously unseen creations on show at Palazzo della Triennale

One hundred years after his birth, the city of Milan is paying tribute to Achille Castiglioni, one of the greatest designers of the 20th century, with the exhibition A Castiglioni at Palazzo della Triennale. Stefano Boeri, the new President of La Triennale, introduced the exhibition saying, “It is not a retrospective, but a dialogue,” referring to an approach that shows the masters’ work through the eyes of …

Redesigning Washington DC’s Iconic Restaurant, Sequoia

The new gallery-like space features Hitoshi Kuriyama light art and pieces by Sol Lewitt

Every so often, one might glance at a light fixture and understand that it’s far more than just an appliance. It’s impossible not to feel this way about Hitoshi Kuriyama‘s wall-to-wall light sculpture at the newly redesigned Sequoia. Ark Restaurant founder Michael Weinstein tapped Jeffrey Beers International for the dramatic reimagining—and Weinstein’s personal art collection was the inspiration. Weinstein and Beers sought to turn the …

Sir Terence Conran’s (RED) Suite at the ANDAZ Hotel, London

We speak with the famed designer about his new project supporting the AIDs organization

The first time Sir Terence Conran set foot into what was then The Great Eastern Hotel in London, decades ago, it wasn’t exactly a boutique experience. “I went to book a room, and the girl behind the reception desk asked me, ‘How many hours do you want?’” He tells us the story at the opening of his new suite—created in collaboration with AIDS organization (RED)—at …