A few weeks ago my editor informed that a book I had written about Australian Architects is scheduled to be published later this year. Even though the title has changed to ‘Australia Modern’ I am really excited by the end product. As an added bonus Professor Phil Harris (Troppo Architects) agreed to write the foreword. Essentially he explains in an eloquent manner the relationship the 15 shortlisted houses have to this diverse geographic region. As you would expect some of my original selections were omitted. However, I am delighted that renowned Adelaide architect Max Pritchard made the grade. » Read more

Over the last few years, I have become more passionate about stylish cars. Ultimately my increased interest has heightened, mainly because my son Paolo is absolutely fanatical about the subject. In fact, he helped me choose most of the selections in my ‘Luxury Design for Living’ book. However, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (in my opinion) takes vehicle design to a completely different level. Parallels can be made within another creative powerhouse called Paolo Mastrogiuseppe who creates the most astonishing coffee machines under the brand name Super Veloce. A great example can be found in their phenomenal automotive inspired Espresso Veloce Flat Six.
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Around 15-years ago the property market in the UK was very buoyant and there were huge profits to be made. For several years renovating properties was one of my main passion in life. Vividly remember spending my weekends at salvage yards actively searching for antique radiators, cast iron fireplaces and stained glass windows. I always gravitated towards historical homes from the Victorian and Edwardian era. However, there were also some beautiful 1920’s dwellings within the suburb I lived. The one I purchased required an element of restoration and a certain amount of effort. Ultimately the experience ignited my interest in the glorious ‘Art Deco’ era and its glorious architecture. This is why I am captivated by the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet. » Read more

In the next few months, my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book will be released by ACC Publishing. The project was exceptional fun to research and write but subject to various delays. It was very important to my editor and me to create the best product possible and that meant various amendments. There are numerous high profile companies including Patek Philippe, Greubel Forsey, Richard Mille, Louis Moinet, Cabestan etc. and many small micro brands. I tried to be as comprehensive with my selections but due to editorial restrictions) some slipped through the net. Unfortunately, on this occasion, Armin Strom didn’t make the shortlist. However, their amazing Dual Time Resonance: Masterpiece 1 was included in my ‘Horological Highlights of 2018’ article. » Read more