Stephen Bayley


Roving the world

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In these books, two handsome and popular telly adventurers consider, from viewpoints that are sometimes overly autobiographical, the culture of…


Contours of the mind

29 October 2016 9:00 am

In Australia, I have been told, the female pubic area is sometimes known as a ‘mapatasi’ because its triangular shape…


Belly of an architect

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Depending on your point de vue, Haussmann’s imperial scheme for Paris created townscape of thrilling regularity or boring uniformity. Whatever;…


Nicholas Serota

24 September 2016 9:00 am

In this week of toadying obsequies after the (rather late) retirement of Sir Nicholas Serota from his imperial throne at…


Estate agent

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A big misunderstanding about art is that it excites serene meditation and transcendent bliss. But anyone who has worked in…


Peggy Guggenheim

20 August 2016 9:00 am

She had come a very long way from the shtetl, but Marguerite ‘Peggy’ Guggenheim was still the poor relation of…


The original and the copyist

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Architecture is sometimes described as the second oldest profession, but often — in both theory and practice — it competes…


Requiem for a designer dream

12 August 2016 11:00 pm

Threnody. Dirge. Lament. Epitaph. Elegy. Wake. There are so many English terms to describe the passing of people and things…

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The faceless man in the bowler hat

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Surrealism was, at least initially, as much about writing as painting. A plaque on the Hotel des Grands Hommes in…


Taking the pissoir

16 July 2016 9:00 am

You have to imagine the lines that follow in separate fonts to get the full sense of the nonsense in…

These foolish things

11 June 2016 8:00 am

No reliable statistics exist — it’s not the sort of thing you can audit — but England is surely the…


The rise and fall of Sony

10 December 2015 3:00 pm

Here is a Japanese fairy tale for Christmas. An allegory of insight, opportunism and a fall from favour. It is…


Building a future

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

One of the big differences between Frank Lloyd Wright and me is that, when he was nine, his mother gave…


Dream machine

16 May 2013 1:00 pm

In 1951, Arthur Drexler, an influential curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, organised an exhibition called 8 Automobiles.…


Not the who but the how

28 February 2013 2:00 pm

Twenty-five years ago I went to St James’s Palace to ask the Prince of Wales if he would open the…

Mauvais goût

31 January 2013 2:00 pm

It was dinner at a prize-winning hotel in Burgundy. I looked, stupefied, at an awkward arrangement of trapezoidal plates, unaccommodating…

Publicite de Noel pour Coca Cola

In the worst possible taste

13 December 2012 2:00 am

What are the rules of taste at Christmas? How might the fastidious chart a neat path through this garish and…


The Dagenham Dustbin

22 November 2012 2:00 pm

For those of us who find passion in national iconography, this is a melancholy historical moment. It’s a very bad…


Science fiction as reality

13 September 2012 11:12 pm

What’s that in your pocket? Magic or art? The near ubiquitous iPhone may be rammed with very new technology, but…