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Later this year my 6th book about Australian Architecture will be released worldwide. As I have mentioned before the project was commissioned by a Pennsylvania (United States) rather than a domestic one. Essentially my editor Cheryl (who’s also a renowned author) is fascinated with this region and the diverse landscape. Therefore, she wanted me to choose residences that adapt to their environment. The majority of my final selections are not multi-million dollar mansions but humble dwellings with an abundance of character. The same can be said about Abraham John Architects Villa in the Palms. » Read more

In the next few weeks, my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book will be released globally. To publicise its release, I did an in-depth Skype interview with a renowned freelance journalist who was doing an article for the New York Times. Originally we had designated 30 minutes for the meeting but it ended up taking over 2-hours. The book features many unusual timepieces (including my own ‘Pure Carbon’) that needed a comprehensive explanation. It was also important to emphasise the reason for writing this type of book. As a watch designer myself I realised the challenges small independents are confronted with and wanted to highlight this. » Read more

A couple of months ago I had a very interesting meeting with a designer called Chris Clarke. Interestingly Chris has no formal training (in architecture) but has created several amazing homes. He originally began his career commercial building and worked on large corporate multi-million dollar projects. Ultimately this had an adverse effect on his health and had to take several years off. This gave him time to reflect and was the catalyst for establishing his new company Swale Modular Homes. This flexible way of living allows buyers to make additions over the years or have several different units. With land at a premium and this could a sustainable for families in the future. » Read more

A few days ago I was delighted to receive an advance copy of my ‘Independent Watchmaker’ book. The publisher (ACC Publishing) has really excelled themselves as the final product is exceptional. To publicise the release, I did a two-hour interview for the New York Times, explaining the overall concept. The journalist was very thorough and enquired about my choice of selections. She was intrigued by the image of on the front cover, which is the amazing Lunokhod Prime by Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more

A few weeks ago a friend of mine loaned me a book to read entitled ‘Win Big Risk Small’ by Dorry Kordahi. This book is a captivating portrait of a self-made man, who seized his opportunities when they presented themselves. From humble beginnings in New South Wales (Australia) as a hairdresser for his (Lebanese born) father to winning many prestigious business awards. What really resonated with me is how Dorry found inspiration on a sabbatical in Europe. Rather than trade on price he discovered offering a premium service delivers better results in the long term. Essentially, this has always been my philosophy and many of the subjects I write about including luxury product designer Gregory Nicolas. » Read more

Over the last 6 months I have been working on a diverse range of projects including a book about independent watchmakers. From the very outset (when I first established my website) I have always been captivated by this subject. The world of horology is an ever changing landscape that has recently experienced a financial down turn. Certainly devices like the Apple watch (smart technology in general) has had an impact but they are not the only factor involved. Essentially beautifully crafted timepieces are considered a luxury and not a necessity. However, for me wearing a striking watch is part of my DNA so I would always make this investment. » Read more

From a young age, I have always been fascinated with space and the solar system. It is incomprehensible to think about how small earth really is in relation to the universe. To think a gigantic star called MACS J1149+2223 (nicknamed Icarus) was sighted on the Hubble Space Telescope. This star is much larger than our sun and hundreds of times brighter. Incredibly it took a mind-boggling nine billion years for its shining light to reach Earth. In the scheme of things, this star is relatively young because scientists believe the ‘Big Bang’ occurred 13.8 billion years ago. » Read more

A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of meeting acclaimed industrial designer Murray Camen. This dynamic creative force was one of the key speakers at a design forum I attended. For 15-minutes he captivated a very receptive audience with stories of his illustrious career working for companies like Conran, Phillips and Teague. Recently Murray retired and now resides in Adelaide and Amsterdam. I have visited the Netherlands a few times and find it to be a very progressive country. That is why it is no surprise that this region is harvesting a new wave of watch brands like Vescari. » Read more