Editor's Letter: meet the eight innovators making waves in the UK's design world
Tempus editor Rachel Ingram takes us behind the scenes of the new July/August issue
So far, 2018 has been a pretty eventful year for the design industry. Elon Musk launched the world’s most powerful rocket, leaps and bounds have been made in the world of 3D printing and, for better or worse, the new Google Assistant takes robotics to new heights.
At the same time, the topic of sustainability has been thrust into the spotlight, with everyone from fine jewellery makers to international hotel chains taking steps to become more eco-conscious – green is the new black, as we discover on page 20.
As this is Tempus’s first Design issue, it calls for something special, so we’ve teamed up with a board of industry experts to unveil the innovators making waves in Britain’s design industry. From architects and artists to the emerging stars of fashion and motoring, we’ve scoured the UK to present you with the talents you should be looking out for this year.
One of our chosen eight, wildlife photographer Tim Flach, was kind enough to lend us his portrait of a critically endangered hyacinth macaw for our cover. This powerful image is the perfect example of design-meets-conservation – another important topic of this year. >>
Moving on to the rest of the issue, in Speed, we speak with Aston Martin’s director of design about how he created the car of the year, the DBS Superleggera. Then, looking back to sustainability, we explore how the super yachting industry is going eco-friendly – yes, really.
In Style, we debate the timely topic of lab-made diamonds – will collectors ever be truly convinced? Turn to page 76 to find out more. We also go behind-the-scenes of two watchmaking workshops and discover how timepiece personalisation is the new style status.
Later, in Culture, we discover why Viennese Modernism is the talk of the art world once again, and determine how to effectively invest in art. In Escape, we observe the impact that fashion designer Ralph Lauren is having in Jamaica, before travelling from Thailand to Madrid in search of the coolest hotels on the planet.
Finally, in Property, we present a guide to the eco-homes you should be investing in right now, and chat to world-renowned interior designer Bill Bensley about the importance of sustainability (page 122).