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Cars Mini: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything Hardcover – May 16, 2011
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More About the Author
Stephen Bayley is one of the world's best known and outspoken commentators on modern culture, art and design. He contributes regularly to The Daily Mail, The Times, The Observer, The Spectator, The Los Angeles Times, High Life, New Statesman, The Independent, and GQ. Cars are on of his many passions, and he has written extensively on automobiles and automobile design for 25 years for both car companies and numerous publications including Car Magazine. He was awarded PPA Columnist of the Year for his car column in (British) GQ.
As a design consultant his clients include: Ford, Absolut Vodka, Volkswagen, Audi, Foster Associates, BMW, the V&A Museum, among others. Former Chief Executive of the Design Museum, the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design, he appears frequently on radio and television, and lectures at museums and universities all over the world. His numerous books include Design: Intelligence Made Visible with co-author Terence Conran, published by Conran Octopus.
Mr. Bayley has been a judge at many national and international design competitions, including Campaign Press Awards, RIBA Architectural Awards, The Building Awards, Louis Vuitton Concours d'Elegance at Hurlingham, Cartier Style et Luxe at Goodwood, and the BBC Good Food Awards.
In 1989 he was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture.
He lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
This ambitious, not to say presumptuous, statement, is no doubt a deliberate provocation. Mr Bayley knows very well that there are millions of car nuts out here who all have our personal greatest cars lists and many of us could even put together a reasonably good justification for our choices.
What makes his 86 (to be precise) a more definitive list of great cars than mine? He doesn't precisely say. He makes a vague statement about them being ones that "changed conventional wisdom, lifted the game, raised the bar", but he doesn't say how. He's a style guru, so you might think he is talking mainly about design in an artistic sense (rather than engineering), but that is obviously not the case with many of his choices. As he says, the original Toyota Corolla was "plain of aspect and technologically unadventurous".
So it seems he also wishes to take into account standards of manufacture and quality control - where the Corolla did "lift the game" in its market segment.
OK, fair enough, but what are we to make of the NSU Prinz? A fine little car perhaps, even "a jewel"; but in the end just a Fiat 600 with Chevy Corvair styling, built to Volkswagen standards. Not enough, I would argue, to make the cut. And the Volkswagen management agreed when they took over NSU and ended its production!
The book is full of such lost causes and design cul de sacs, including the aforementioned Corvair. But the most egregious example is surely the Nash Metropolitan.Read more ›
The introduction was worth the price of admission, it's an excellent essay in itself encompassing what cars mean to those who love cars and even those who don't. It also encompasses the importance of design: form and function integrated into a seamless design that fulfills the necessities and imaginations of people everywhere.
I would recommend this book for car lovers everywhere. Certainly some of the choices of cars that the author uses as his subject matter are personal. But since I view all cars as works of mechanical elegance blended with artistic beauty, even the simplest and plainest of automobiles is worthy of study in my opinion.
A must have for the coffee tables of passionate car enthusiasts everywhere.
The accompanying text provides very interesting and informative background information - even the committed car nut will undoubtedly learn something new. I love this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book but I didn't realise is was the mini version.Published 17 months ago by Stephen Caldwell
Initially was a bit disappointed that all photos are black and white, but ultimately liked this. I have a similar book on animals that shows black and white photos on a white... Read morePublished 17 months ago by James A. Leu
Bayley is a superb writer with a broad cultural outlook and a knack for the mellifluous turn of phrase, but there are many de facto innacuracies in his text. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by E. Lopes
I originally saw this book in its full size format; the mini version is actually more comfortable - you can read it in bed without having worked out to hold it. Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by Michael W in Vermont