Stephen Bayley

The Body Zone, centrepiece of the Millennium Dome, a true symbol of the fatuousness, vapidity, incompetence and dishonesty that later characterised the Blair government

Dome truths

6 May 2017 9:00 am

It was 50 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. The result was a popular masterpiece. Thirty…

‘The Ladder of Divine Ascent’, 12th century, from St Catherine’s Monastery, Sinai, Egypt. (This image and one below from Chromaphilia, by Stella Paul). akg-images/Erich Lessing

The mysteries of colour

18 March 2017 9:00 am

When Australia imposed generic packaging in its war on cigarettes, there was consumer research into the most deterrent colour. Pantone…

American beauty: ‘Standard Station’, 1966, by Ed Ruscha

Paradise lost

11 March 2017 9:00 am

The American dream was a consumerist idyll: all of life was to be packaged, stylised, affordable and improvable. Three bedrooms,…

American beauty: ‘Standard Station’, 1966, by Ed Ruscha

Paradise lost

9 March 2017 3:00 pm

The American dream was a consumerist idyll: all of life was to be packaged, stylised, affordable and improvable. Three bedrooms,…

Ideal homes

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Artists, poets and philosophers have not paid much attention to Milton Keynes …although comedians have. This urban experiment has been…

Paradise regained: Milton Keynes shopping centre (now called thecentre: mk) in 1972

Ideal homes

19 January 2017 3:00 pm

Artists, poets and philosophers have not paid much attention to Milton Keynes …although comedians have. This urban experiment has been…

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…

Contours of the mind

27 October 2016 2:00 pm

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…

An act of doctrinaire official vandalism: the ‘hole’ during works in Les Halles district, 1975

Belly of an architect

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

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

Nicholas Serota

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

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

Nicholas Serota

22 September 2016 1:00 pm

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…

A collector of genius: Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

18 August 2016 1:00 pm

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

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…

Form, function and confusion: the Design Museum in 1989

Requiem for a designer dream

11 August 2016 1:00 pm

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

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…

Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, multisexual kleptomaniac, scatologist and creator of Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’, c.1920

Taking the pissoir

14 July 2016 1:00 pm

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…

An early folly: Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire, built in 1597 by Sir Thomas Tresham as a symbol of the Holy Trinity

These foolish things

9 June 2016 1:00 pm

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