Category Archives: Product of the Week

Last month I published a review featuring Urwerk’s magnificent UR-111C. The timepiece is engineered and designed to the meticulous standards you would expect from the brand. It also is bang on trend because of the futuristic aesthetic, which was inspired by Science fiction movies. Certainly, anyone who is passionate about fine horology would love to own a watch of this calibre. However, respected industry specialist Sophy Rindler (in response to my post) posed the question about the relevance of these novelties in the modern world. Ultimately I feel she was alluding to the $134,370 price tag that is beyond the realms of most people’s budgets. In contrast, many renowned Swiss labels are launching stylish affordable timepieces on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. A great example can be found in Louis Chevrolet Watch Classic 8. » Read more

It is amazing to think that I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in illustration nearly 30-years ago. At the time there were no real technical advances available so artwork needed to be produced manually. Essentially meant that paintings needed to be sent to clients by courier or presented in person. Obviously, this had an impact on deadlines, especially if corrections were required. Fortunately, the creative landscape has vastly changed and most designs can now be facilitated on digital devices. However, having the ability to hand sketch concepts can pay dividends. Without a doubt, this skill set has helped watch industry veteran Wing Liang to devise many amazing timepieces. » Read more

Hopefully, in the next few months, my ‘Australian Architecture’ book will be published and available in retail outlets worldwide. The project is a collaboration with my editor Cheryl Weber, who is an acclaimed author in her own right. She has always been captivated by Australian contemporary homes, which are located in many diverse regions. Interesting for Country (continent) with such a small population it really punches well above its weight in terms of innovation. Another region that has a few unsung heroes is Canada and Severn Sound Cottage by Trevor McIvor Architects perfectly illustrates this point. » Read more

Normally on Sunday, I have a routine, which involves either a long morning walks or a Gym session. This is normally followed by a leisurely breakfast/brunch at home or in one of many trendy local cafes. However, this particular week I opted to do something slightly different to mix things up a bit. In fact, I decided to embark on a 2-hour round trip to visit a marvellous custom-designed house in Adelaide Hills. Certainly, the time and effort were well worth as this home was completely enchanting. » Read more

Over the last few years, I have really become more fascinated with contemporary design. Certainly, this has inspired me to write many books (luxury design, architecture, horology) about the topic and how it influences our lives. It also ignited a passion in me to create my own bespoke products like watches, leather jackets, and even kid’s scooters. I feel the overall experience has been very cathartic and is something I want to pursue more actively. Having an understanding of the challenges and obstacle involved (during the process) has enabled me to express these feelings in words. Ultimately this has helped me to relate to the brands I feature on Total Design Reviews. » Read more

Ever since childhood I have been fascinated with design and that has massively influenced my career choices. After obtaining a diploma and degree in art I became a freelance illustrator/agent. This commercial faction of the industry taught me several valuable lessons. For example, adhering to exceptionally tight deadlines and not being too precious about my work in general. In the commercial art world, clients expect many compromises. Ultimately this means adopting other (more famous) artist’s techniques at a fraction of the price. Interestingly designers in other fields also encounter this rigid form of direction including horology. » Read more

Over the last few months, I have been actively involved in several design projects. As an artist, I feel it is part of my DNA to immerse myself in creative activities. For example, writing about horology inspired me to develop my own ideas. Back in the 1980’s when I was studying for my degree in Illustration there wasn’t the vast array of digital devices available. Essentially this meant there wasn’t access to other nationwide artist’s work (never mind on an international level). These day’s social media portals like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram etc. deliver this content instantaneously. That avoids complacency as a designer and provide constant resources in my capacity as a writer/author. » Read more

Approximately 20-years ago whilst living in the UK I worked as a salesman in the print industry. At the time I saw sales as merely a source of generating finances to purchase properties. However, on reflection, this experience was much more valuable than I appreciated at the time. Essentially it gave me the opportunity to meet owners of success business and key players in the public sector. One great example that instantly comes to mind is a visit to Wedgewood factory in Stoke-on-Trent. I vividly remember a senior manager escorting me to a large empty warehouse and looking amused at the expression on my face. It took a few minutes for the penny to drop but then I realised they were no longer a manufacturer. In fact, the majority of their fine pottery products were now produced in China. » Read more