It’s not every day that you get asked to appear in a film where you’ll cut yourself in half.  So I was thrilled to be invited by the Italian luxury menswear brand Canali 1934 to consult on and perform in their 2016 holiday short film where I would end up doing exactly that. It’s been a trend with luxury brands to produce high-end cinematic ‘featurettes’ lately.  This is the latest one by Canali at the bottom of this post. The production team decided to make a short film about their beautiful products. The premise was to be that a magician called The Incredible Mr. C, (who I played) would conjure up elegant Canali gifts as part of his magical repertoire.[…]

Thomas Heatherwick is one inspiring man. If you don’t know his name, I’ll introduce him to you as a top UK magician… of design. You don’t have to be a magician or designer to learn something valuable from his approach and you’ll see why in a minute. You know his work even if you think you don’t.  In fact if you’ve been in London in the past two years you’ve probably even ridden in one of his works: his fresh answer to the London Routemaster bus.  What inspires me the most about his work  (I strongly recommend reading his book “Making”) are the questions he and his team ask about the design problems they face. They’re often led to ingenious solutions because of asking[…]