Category Archives: Design

Behold: the 1965 Griffith Series 200 – a TVR Grantura with a Ford V8 engine designed to take on the all conquering AC Cobra. The combination of powerful engine and extreme lightweight made for a 0-100km/h time of under 5 seconds – which was quite something in the 1960s.

This prototype (with the ultra low chassis number of 200/5/002, ie. number 2 of 200 made) goes to auction this summer (COVID-19-permitting).

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Behold: the Galleria department store in the Korean city of Gwanggyo, 25km south of Seoul.

Designed by OMA/Chris van Duijn, the facade features a replicating mosaic of precision cut triangular stones and bulging triangular opal windows apparently inspired in part by the nearby Suwon Gwanggyo Lake Park.

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The work of Spanish artist José Manuel Ballester – familiar old canvases with the humans removed – newly apposite in the current climate. 

(Above (from top): Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” (1498); Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” (c.1486); Francisco Goya’s “The Third of May 1808” (1814); Jan Vermeer’s “The Allegory of Painting” (1668); Pablo Picasso’s “Guernica” (1937);  Diego Velázquez’s “Las Meninas” (1656)  and Théodore Géricault’s “The Raft of Medusa” (1819)

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Behold: the 1956 Ferrari 250GT Berlinetta Prototipo – one of a handful of long wheelbase Columbo V12 powered prototypes of the legendary 250GT designed by Pininfarina before Carrozzeria Boano was brought in to finish the production run.

This car – originally made for Enzo Ferrari’s personal friend Guido Cantelli, who died in a plane crash just a few months later – was bought back by Ferrari from his widow, passing through the garages of several serious collectors since then – hence the near mint condition. 

Price on application.

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Behold: the Lazarus Mini Moke V8M – a souped up one-off modification of the boxy doorless Mini originally intended as a military vehicle but found wanting on account of its low ground clearance.

15,000 of these were made from 1964 to 1968 and French motorcycle modifier Lazarus (even they of the amphibious Moke) somehow managed to cram an insanely powerful Masarati V8 under the tiny hood of this one, adding 17 inch alloys and roll bars to provide a (completely imaginary) semblance of safety.

It could be the last car you’ll ever drive, and not in a good way.

Price on application.

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Behold: Project Ice Kite – a 67 metre superyacht designed by Red Yacht Design and Dykstra Naval Architects.

464m² of outdoor space includes a pool, jacuzzi, dining area,helipad, bar and BBQ area overlooked by a main lounge entirely wrapped in glass. Five ensuite cabins accommodate up to ten guests and fuel efficiency is maximised by offsetting twin 1000bhp diesel electric engines with a deployable 158 m² kite rig and a low resistance hydrodynamic hull.

Price on application.

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