Letter from the Editor
English furniture and product designer Jasper Morrisson once said that he would love to be given an opportunity to design a bicycle. For him, the bicycle’s beauty goes beyond its elegance. In function, it gives back so much on whatever effort you expend on it. This month, we examine the beauty of good taste and its point of origination. Join us on a design-conscious adventure through the brilliance of personalities, French midcentury furniture and the charms of David Linley, son of the recently departed Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-jones. The latter, popularly known as the first earl of Snowdown after marrying Princess Margaret, was also known for his enormous talent in photography – producing indelible portraits of JRR Tolkien, Laurence Olivier, Dame Barbara Cartland and the English Royal Family.
Despite his bout of polio at 16 that left him with a shortened leg, he turned his recuperation into a lifelong fascination in photography (his mother had given him a camera to help him pass the time). He also became a great advocate for organisation for the disabled. His passing last month at the age of 86 is a timely reminder of one of his most famous quotes, which exhorts people to savour the important and poignant times of their lives. “It’s no good saying ‘ hold it’ to a moment in real life.