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Stephen Paul BayleyFRIBA (born 13 October 1951) is a British writer and critic, known particularly for his commentary on architecture and design. He was founding CEO of the Design Museum in London in 1989, and has been a regular architecture, art and design critic for newspapers such as The Listener, The Observer and The Spectator.

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Bayley was born on 13 October 1951 in Cardiff, Wales and spent his childhood years in Liverpool, England, attending Quarry Bank High School for Boys. He was inspired by Liverpool's architecture and its built environment. When Bayley was 15, he wrote a letter to John Lennon, who had also attended Quarry Bank as a teenager. Bayley's description of his English teacher analysing Beatles lyrics in class helped to inspire "I Am the Walrus".[citation needed]

He was later educated at Manchester University and the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, where his mentor was the historian and conservationist Quentin Hughes, whose obituary he wrote in The Guardian, 16 May 2004.[citation needed]

In the 1970s, he was a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Kent. He first became prominent as an authority on style and design when, in 1979, he began a collaboration with Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran to promote a more intelligent awareness of design. This led to the creation of The Boilerhouse Project, at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which became London's most successful gallery of the 1980s. The Boilerhouse Project was Britain's first permanent exhibition of design, host to more than 20 exhibitions in five years, including Ford Motor Company, Sony, Issey Miyake, Coca-Cola, and Taste. The Boilerhouse evolved into a unique Design Museum of which Bayley was the founding CEO, and which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1989.

He was appointed as the creative director of the exhibition at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.[when?] After a series of disputes, he resigned in 1998, citing ministerial interference. On his resignation, he said of the dome that "it could turn out to be crap", and accused government minister Peter Mandelson of "running the project like a dictator".[citation needed]

Writing

In 2007, Bayley became The Observer's architecture and design correspondent. He writes for a huge range of national and international consumer, trade and professional publications including: The Spectator, The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Sud Deutsches Zeitung, GQ, Car, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, and Octane. He has been a contributing editor of GQ since the magazine was launched. He has been a columnist in The Times and The Independent,[citation needed] as well as the art critic of The Listener and the architecture critic of The Observer.

As of 2020[update] he was design critic of The Spectator.

Television

His 1980 BBC2 documentary Little Boxes was the first treatment of design on television. It was produced by Patrick Uden and included unique interviews with Dieter Rams, Ettore Sottsass, Raymond Loewy, and Tom Wolfe.[citation needed]

He has also appeared on television series such as Have I Got News for You and Grumpy Old Men.[citation needed]

In 1989, Bayley was made a Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's top artistic honour, by the French Minister of Culture and in 1995 he was Periodical Publishers Association Columnist of the Year.[citation needed]

He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA, a Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales, Chairman of The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust, and a Fellow of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.[citation needed]

The American author and journalist Tom Wolfe said of him, "I don’t know anybody with more interesting observations about style, taste and contemporary design".

In an article for The Times in 2018, Bayley wrote that if Lord Elgin had not removed the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, they would have been eventually destroyed due to a combination of war and natural decay. Bayley also argued against their repatriation to Greece.

In his Observer column of 22 March 2009, Bayley claimed polemically that: "Botticelli's model for The Birth of Venus was a common Florentine hooker called Simonetta Vespucci, painted nude to titillate his client". He was arguing against the motion that: "Britain has become indifferent to beauty" proposed by Roger Scruton and David Starkey, who held an image of The Birth of Venus next to an image of the British supermodel Kate Moss, in order to demonstrate how "cruddy" British culture is.[citation needed]

As of 2008 he lived in a house in South West London house with his wife, Flo, and their two children, Bruno and Coco. After living there for 25 years, he said that the house was still not finished.

  • In Good Shape: Style in Industrial Products 1900 to 1960. Design Council, London, 1979. ISBN 0850720958
  • The Albert Memorial (1981)
  • Harley Earl and The Dream Machine (1983)
  • The Conran Directory of Design (1985)
  • Sex Drink and Fast Cars (1986)
  • Commerce and Culture (1989)
  • Taste (1991)
  • Labour Camp (1998)
  • General Knowledge (2000)
  • Sex: A cultural history (2000)
  • A Dictionary of Idiocy (2003)
  • Life’s a Pitch (2007)
  • Design: Intelligence made visible (2007)
  • Cars (2008)
  • Work: The Building of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (2008)
  • Woman as Design (2009)
  • Liverpool: Shaping the city (2010)
  • La Dolce Vita (2011)
  • Ugly: The Aesthetics Of Everything (2012).
  • Death Drive - there are no accidents (2016).
  • Life’s a Pitch (3rd edition, 2017).
  • Taste - the secret meaning of things (2nd edition, 2017).
  • Signs of Life - why brands matter (2017).
  • How To Steal Fire (2019).
  1. "Stephen Bayley". TEDxLiverpool. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020. Retrieved5 June 2020.
  2. "V&A profile". Archived from the original on 21 June 2008. Retrieved2 August 2008.
  3. "Life's a Pitch website including pictures of the authors". Retrieved2 August 2008.
  4. "Stephen Bayley's column in The Observer from February 2007". The Guardian. London. 11 October 2007. Retrieved3 August 2008.
  5. "Stephen Bayley - Taste". Retrieved26 November 2008.
  6. "The Elgin Marbles would be dust but for British culture – The Times, 20 June 2018". Retrieved23 June 2018.
  7. "Has Britain become indifferent to beauty? National Trust Quality of Life Debate – retrieved 22 March 2009
  8. Philby, Charlotte (6 August 2008). "A work in progress: At home with design expert Stephen Bayley". London. Retrieved7 August 2008. Note: The current version of this article gives the date as 23 October 2011, but this 2011 article says that Bruno is 25.

Stephen Bayley
Stephen Bayley Language Watch Edit This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification Please help by adding reliable sources Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately especially if potentially libelous or harmful Find sources Stephen Bayley news newspapers books scholar JSTOR March 2021 Learn how and when to remove this template message Stephen Paul Bayley FRIBA born 13 October 1951 is a British writer and critic known particularly for his commentary on architecture and design He was founding CEO of the Design Museum in London in 1989 and has been a regular architecture art and design critic for newspapers such as The Listener The Observer and The Spectator Contents 1 Childhood and education 2 Career 2 1 Writing 2 2 Television 3 Recognition 4 Opinions 5 Personal life 6 Selected publications 7 References 8 External linksChildhood and education EditBayley was born on 13 October 1951 in Cardiff Wales 1 and spent his childhood years in Liverpool England attending Quarry Bank High School for Boys He was inspired by Liverpool s architecture and its built environment When Bayley was 15 he wrote a letter to John Lennon who had also attended Quarry Bank as a teenager Bayley s description of his English teacher analysing Beatles lyrics in class helped to inspire I Am the Walrus citation needed He was later educated at Manchester University and the University of Liverpool School of Architecture 1 where his mentor was the historian and conservationist Quentin Hughes whose obituary he wrote in The Guardian 16 May 2004 citation needed Career EditIn the 1970s he was a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Kent He first became prominent as an authority on style and design when in 1979 he began a collaboration with Habitat founder Sir Terence Conran to promote a more intelligent awareness of design This led to the creation of The Boilerhouse Project 2 3 at the Victoria and Albert Museum which became London s most successful gallery of the 1980s The Boilerhouse Project was Britain s first permanent exhibition of design host to more than 20 exhibitions in five years including Ford Motor Company Sony Issey Miyake Coca Cola and Taste 3 The Boilerhouse evolved into a unique Design Museum of which Bayley was the founding CEO 1 and which was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1989 3 He was appointed as the creative director of the exhibition at the Millennium Dome in Greenwich when After a series of disputes he resigned in 1998 citing ministerial interference On his resignation he said of the dome that it could turn out to be crap and accused government minister Peter Mandelson of running the project like a dictator citation needed Writing Edit In 2007 Bayley became The Observer s architecture and design correspondent 4 He writes for a huge range of national and international consumer trade and professional publications including The Spectator The Times The Independent The Daily Telegraph Sud Deutsches Zeitung GQ Car Financial Times Vanity Fair and Octane He has been a contributing editor of GQ since the magazine was launched He has been a columnist in The Times and The Independent citation needed as well as the art critic of The Listener and the architecture critic of The Observer 1 As of 2020 update he was design critic of The Spectator 1 Television Edit His 1980 BBC2 documentary Little Boxes was the first treatment of design on television It was produced by Patrick Uden and included unique interviews with Dieter Rams Ettore Sottsass Raymond Loewy and Tom Wolfe citation needed He has also appeared on television series such as Have I Got News for You and Grumpy Old Men citation needed Recognition EditIn 1989 Bayley was made a Chevalier de L Ordre des Arts et des Lettres France s top artistic honour by the French Minister of Culture and in 1995 he was Periodical Publishers Association Columnist of the Year citation needed He is an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA a Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Chairman of The Royal Fine Arts Commission Trust and a Fellow of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts citation needed The American author and journalist Tom Wolfe said of him I don t know anybody with more interesting observations about style taste and contemporary design 5 1 Opinions EditIn an article for The Times in 2018 Bayley wrote that if Lord Elgin had not removed the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon they would have been eventually destroyed due to a combination of war and natural decay Bayley also argued against their repatriation to Greece 6 In his Observer column of 22 March 2009 Bayley claimed polemically that Botticelli s model for The Birth of Venus was a common Florentine hooker called Simonetta Vespucci painted nude to titillate his client 7 He was arguing against the motion that Britain has become indifferent to beauty proposed by Roger Scruton and David Starkey who held an image of The Birth of Venus next to an image of the British supermodel Kate Moss in order to demonstrate how cruddy British culture is citation needed Personal life EditAs of 2008 he lived in a house in South West London house with his wife Flo and their two children Bruno and Coco After living there for 25 years he said that the house was still not finished 8 Selected publications EditIn Good Shape Style in Industrial Products 1900 to 1960 Design Council London 1979 ISBN 0850720958 The Albert Memorial 1981 Harley Earl and The Dream Machine 1983 The Conran Directory of Design 1985 Sex Drink and Fast Cars 1986 Commerce and Culture 1989 Taste 1991 Labour Camp 1998 General Knowledge 2000 Sex A cultural history 2000 A Dictionary of Idiocy 2003 Life s a Pitch 2007 Design Intelligence made visible 2007 Cars 2008 Work The Building of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link 2008 Woman as Design 2009 Liverpool Shaping the city 2010 La Dolce Vita 2011 Ugly The Aesthetics Of Everything 2012 Death Drive there are no accidents 2016 Life s a Pitch 3rd edition 2017 Taste the secret meaning of things 2nd edition 2017 Signs of Life why brands matter 2017 How To Steal Fire 2019 References Edit a b c d e f Stephen Bayley TEDxLiverpool Archived from the original on 5 June 2020 Retrieved 5 June 2020 V amp A profile Archived from the original on 21 June 2008 Retrieved 2 August 2008 a b c Life s a Pitch website including pictures of the authors Retrieved 2 August 2008 Stephen Bayley s column in The Observer from February 2007 The Guardian London 11 October 2007 Retrieved 3 August 2008 Stephen Bayley Taste Retrieved 26 November 2008 The Elgin Marbles would be dust but for British culture The Times 20 June 2018 Retrieved 23 June 2018 Has Britain become indifferent to beauty National Trust Quality of Life Debate retrieved 22 March 2009 Philby Charlotte 6 August 2008 A work in progress At home with design expert Stephen Bayley London Retrieved 7 August 2008 Note The current version of this article gives the date as 23 October 2011 but this 2011 article says that Bruno is 25 External links EditStephen Bayley at IMDb Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Stephen Bayley amp oldid 1025787268, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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