Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley is an author, critic, columnist, consultant, broadcaster, debater and curator. With Terence Conran he created the influential Boilerhouse Project in the Victoria & Albert Museum, which evolved into the Design Museum. Stephen writes a regular column for The Independent on Sunday’s Travel section, and contributes features that have previously covered anything from travelling through Japan via the iconic Shinkansen, to the artisans of Florence and driving a vintage Fiat 500 around Sicily.

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Take the waters: Clinique La Prairie's pool

Switzerland's healing water: Is it modern science or nature that has the real therapeutic touch?

Stephen Bayley puts the restorative powers of Lake Geneva to the test

Having lots of luggage was once a status symbol

Luggage: The journey from canvas rucksacks to carry-on capsules

The Seventh Age of Luggage is about staying cool, calm and well-pressed

Trains and St Pancras facilities are getting a make-over by Christopher Jenner

Eurostar opens a brave new world of design

Something to declare

The Jaguar E-type is claimed to be phallomorphic

Let's put the fantasy back into travel

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Japan's bullet train

Japan's 'bullet train': Fast track to the future

Stephen Bayley celebrates 50 years of the Shinkansen network with a journey from Tokyo to Fukuoka that's 'flawless, comfortable and punctual to the second'
'The French breakfast is in dismaying decline'

Hotel breakfasts should take a starring role

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The pool at the Caruso

Ravished by Ravello's sweet setting

In the Fifties and Sixties, glamorous Romans would seek sunshine on the Amalfi coast, but far more intriguing is a dramatic village just inland, as Stephen Bayley found

Avoiding airports leaves more time to take in the scenery en route to Turin

Seduced by the slow train to Turin

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Top row: George Clooney, David Beckham and Sir Stuart Rose are all charming but (bottom row) Peter Mandelson, Alex Ferguson and James Dyson could do with a spell at charm school

It's become a synonym for manipulation but shouldn't we all be a bit more charming?

In his new book, Stephen Bayley argues that this is one verbal skill we all should learn

Heart of glass: an artist’s impression of how the new Crystal Palace would look

A Chinese developer plans to rebuild London's 'heroic' Crystal Palace - but will it be a new building or a piece of 'duplitecture'?

With its very light weight and advanced modular construction – inspired by railway technology and designed in a mere seven days – the Crystal Palace of 1851 sits very heavily on our collective consciousness. The most heroic building of all time? Very possibly. It always was, and is again today, a test for taste.

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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

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The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
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