An unpublished interview by Bruce Chatwin with Irish designer  Eileen Gray in 1972 for the Sunday Times when her lacquer screen, Le Destin, sold for $64,000, a then record, inspired Patricia O’Reilly’s new novel

My impetus to write The Interview was a remark at a lunch that Bruce Chatwin had interviewed Eileen Gray in 1972 for The Sunday Times when her lacquer(...)

62-year-old Scarpa said he had been inspired after watching a TV documentary on the Egyptians

Eccentric billionaire Chiquinho Scarpa ruffled more than a few feathers in his native Brazil recently when he announced plans to bury his beloved Bent(...)

Skoda’s CitiJet isn’t a serious production reality, but a bit of fun for the festival

Skoda will bring an open-top version of the Citigo city car to the upcoming Worthersee festival in Germany. Worthersee began as a Volkswagen owners’ c(...)

Look before you leap: Having a bath in the back of your mini might be nice, but really, is it all that practical in this weather?

A massive production with thousands of extras. Yes, it’s fair to say that the global automotive industry has learned well from Cecil B De Mille. It wa(...)

Gold leaf paint: a ridiculous no-no

Neil BriscoeWe’ve all splashed out just a bit too much at one time or another. Did your TV really need gesture control, and have you ever actually us(...)

Audi’s Rupert Stadler says no to a small car, but yes to a mega-SUV

Audi boss Rupert Stadler has confirmed that the car maker will not be building a model smaller than the current A1. There had been specu(...)

All-new Escort is for China only. For now.

Ford has shown a production version of its new Escort in Beijing. It’s the first car to wear the Escort badge since 2000, and is aimed at Chine(...)

All the main car manufacturers from China and overseas will take part in Auto China 2014, which opens to the public today. Photograph: EPA/Adrian Bradshaw

Exhibitors from all over the world are in the Chinese capital for Auto China 2014, a show(...)

Bentley will show off a plug-in hybrid version of the Mulsanne saloon at the upcoming Beijing Motor Show. The British marque plans to introduce(...)

 President Higgins waves as he leaves after meeting with  prime minister David Cameron at Number 10. Photograph: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

The workman fiddled with the red carpet outside the door of No 10 Downing Street just minutes before President Michael D Higgins’s chauffeur-dr(...)