Category Archives: Design

Recently I wrote a review of a fantastic holiday home located in the picturesque town of Dover, Tasmania (Australia) called Quarry Hill Lookout. The home wasn’t excessively large or expensive to build but illustrated how you could achieve something special without breaking the bank. At the other end of the scale MGA Architects are really pushing the boundaries of modern design and work for discerning clients who haven’t got monetary restrictions. One of their finest accomplishments is a residence in Battery Point, Hobart. » Read more

Generally, in my spare time I really enjoy perusing real estate property websites to look at aspirational homes. Certainly in South Australia (where I reside) there are many generic residences that are pretty formulaic. Normally these building are formed around a cheap timber frame and clad with various materials like brick, rendering, stone etc. However, at the higher end of the market I have found some extraordinary architecture. A primary example is a dwelling located near Adelaide hills that was designed by renowned Melbourne architects Wood Marsh. This seemingly floating curved structure is composed of concrete, glass, metal and timber. Internally the aesthetic is also very minimalistic but interestingly the present custodians have chosen vibrant touches like deep purple carpet. This colour is my personal favourite and has become synonymous with UK footwear company Eves & Gray. » Read more

A few days ago I watched a couple of episodes of TV programme called ‘Most Expensivest’. The show is hosted by a US rapper called 2 Chainz (Tauheed Epps) who also is an entrepreneur. Essentially each episode illustrates different ridiculously expensive products that extremely wealthy people purchase. Some of the examples include $1,000 gold leaf doughnuts, $4,900 chicken wings (that are smothered in caviar, truffles, vintage cognac etc.) and even bottled Swiss air. Obviously the sensationalist and tongue in cheek format is designed to attract viewers. It is also very intriguing, thought provoking and entertaining. However, I could certainly think of more interesting ways to spend my money. One of them would have to be one of Steve Hermann’s minimalistic Californian houses. » Read more

Over the last few years I have developed three unique timepieces that have been entirely custom made. Originally I created a prototype watch based on a clock by famous industrial designer George Nelson. The project was very complex and only materialized because of the kind assistance of Frank Heydrich. Initially my plan was to produce a limited run but as the climate of the watch industry dramatically altered (downwards spiral) I massively changed my views. Certainly a lot of energy, effort and talent is involved in establishing a successful watch brand. Fortunately, Sébastien Muller has these attributes in abundance. » Read more

The last 12 months has been an exceptionally busy and prolific time for me. I have now had three books published (‘Limited Edition Watches’, ‘Luxury Design for Living’, ‘Modern Masters’) and completed three more projects. One of these publications is specifically about independent watchmakers and features my ‘Pure Carbon’ timepiece. With a diameter of 67mm (excluding the crown) this creation is the world’s largest Swiss mechanical carbon fiber watch. It is also the first piece to feature 3D carbon hands. As a massive additional bonus I have also produced a third bespoke unique 1/1 timepiece (called the ‘Hemisphere’) which is also included in the book. » Read more

Recently I completed my 5th book for a renowned publisher about independent watchmakers. Most of the selections were exceptionally high end and in many cases bespoke 1/1 creations. However, I was able to include a few affordable options and even was fortunate enough to present my ‘Pure Carbon’. This timepiece took over two years to develop and I had to call in quite a few favours. In fact, without the assistance of Ben Birkett (watchmaker/restoration expert) there is no way this project would ever have materialized. This experience certainly is humbling because I can now appreciate how difficult it is to deliver a unique watch to the market. Sure there are many mass produced generic Chinese (Rolex inspired models) widely available. However, if you want something truly special at a realistic price then a designer like Mark Carson has the answer. » Read more

In the last few years I have been very privileged to work with some highly professional publishers and editors. They have given me enormous creative autonomy and allowed me to develop unique book concepts. Recently I have finished a book about independent watchmakers featuring 60 exclusive brands. The foreword is exceptionally detailed and includes my personal experience creating unique watches like the Polaris and Pure Carbon. I wanted to share these insights with readers to illustrate the many challenges involved. Certainly without the enormous generosity of craftsmen like Frank Heydrich, Ben Birkett, Thomas Mond and Ingomar Gaksch my project would never have materialized.

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Over the years I have become a lot more fashion conscious and take a pride in what I wear. It is not so much that I am obsessed with labels or trying to impress anyone else. However, since I have lost a massive amount of weight by eliminating gluten from my diet slim fitting clothes feel very comfortable. Ironically in contrast my eight-year old son has rebelled and now only wears sports clothes. » Read more