Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, India
Amongst the chaos and the clutter that was Jaipur, I was dropped of here by two of the craziest youths in a tuc-tuc (which spent most of its time on just two wheels), not knowing really what to expect, but this gleaming gem was one of my most favorite places that I visited in India
The most amazing architectural astronomical instruments, with such strong graphical character in their grand geometrical structures. A huge playground for astronomy and history geeks alike, these amazing instruments were built Between 1727 and 1734 Maharajah by Jai Singh II of Jaipur and was one of five astronomical observatories, or ‘Jantar Mantars’ constructed in west central India.
With it being extremely hot, the middle of the day, and it being monsoon season (all be it I saw no rain here) I pretty much had the place to myself so took the opportunity to get some nice, considered images (even if it was on a scratched up compact lumix). I loved the colours and natural materials, with such amazing craftsmanship.
I don’t tend to re-blog on this site but it seemed relevant due to this being about my good mates, Auto Fabrica. I will at some point be doing a little feature on the green Type4 - SR250 Yamaha, as I worked on the extensive colour and materials study behind the finished product. Check it out.
A few photos I just came across from a little Road Trip through North Wales and Snowdonia a couple of years ago with my mate Steve.It’s kind of relevant as there will be some photos of aniother trip to the same place as I go with a few mates on our motorbikes and a series 3 Landy! I can’t wait.
I love North Wales (I haven’t adventured much in the South of Wales) it is beautiful and feels so untouched in places. It is also how crazy the weather can be, from pure blue skies to fog and rain in just a few hours.
Working for such a successful family run business has it’s perks. My first experience on a Private Jet, extremely exciting, I think it’s the only way to travel as of now…..
I was asked to take to the skies to visit Agritechnica, an agricultural show that was being in held in Germany. It was just a day trip and lunch, it was amazing how efficiently these things can turn a huge time consuming journey into an efficient day trip. I can also see the appeal from a business perspective, it is impressive in all its applications.
You can see in the first picture, the hanger with the jet is also where the owner keeps his two helicopters when not in use too. What a garage!
This personal Blog has taken a back seat due to doing some extra-curricular activity recently. However, I have stock piled some bits to post.
These a re a couple of pictures from a The Bike Shed event at the end of last year. It was the first official attendance of my good friends Bujar and Gaz who for the Auto Fabrica team. Since going to Uni with Bujar, it was a dream of ours to design and build whatever we wanted and live the dream. These bike are proof of his first moves and I was more than happy to help.
Later on this blog you will start to see some more involvement I have with AF and I plan on increasing my involvement with the guys in the future…..
Here you can see Type 1, 2 & 3 Auto Fabrica Bikes….ME sat on the Type 3, a much to small Yamaha SR250, it got the best reviews at the show (without me on it!). And you can see the rocker hair cut I got while there, very slick! Ha.
There is going to be more imagery for this car to come the Arash AF8. Designed by my good friend Bujar Muharremi and Myself on a 3rd year Uni placement. It was a lot of hard work, we completed both design and CAD phase in 3 months on site with Arash and created a scale clay model while completing our final projects of our Automotive Master Degrees.
More from the same designer. From what I can tell, these are abrstract jewellery, rapid prototyped with different finishes. Great small pieces with much presence and emotion.
These pieces caught my eye at London Design Festival a few months back. They were a students work, of whom I cannot remember but have their details somewhere. I have a form language study which is in progress and these are fitting the brief quite nicely.
I remembered taking this one but had to dig through the archives to find it. And now I am spending some time dreaming……..and now going to plan on getting myself back there! I suggest to anyone to visit the Albanian and Montenegrin coast roads…
Some back roads turned into no roads in Croatia. A few thousand miles into the trip and I found an excellent set of Borbet A’s in a scrappy for a couple of Euros. A rusty roof rack off an old Opel, a chain and padlock later, we were mobile!
So I have been blessed with some great times, people and places. There are going to be many posts coming up that include this beauty, my 1982 Volkswagen Jetta….The Jet…..This machine has been the catalyst for some of the best memories and journeys of my life!
I am in the process of a full restoration including an extensive colour and materials exercise, a large part of my enjoyment as an Industrial Designer, Watch this space for some updates on the project as well as snippets of the Jet’s historic moments.
This is the Jet in Switzerland, part of a 7000mile road trip through Europe. Accompanied by myself and two of my mates Bujar and Ewan.
If you are interested, check out PROJECT VOLKSWAGEN, the projects current inspiration blog.
More from Aston Martin. The factory, where the designs come to life! A run through the assembly process of these beautiful machines. The storage of the bodies after painting was great, they had automated handling machines stacking and moving them to suit the assembly line. I could have spent weeks here…