Let­ter from the Edi­tor

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - Photo Key­stone-france/getty Imag es

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.

Ken­neth Tan

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