Food Portrait Tech

Alan Yau: The tastemaker does tech

Wagamama founder Alan Yau is one of London’s best known restaurant operators. He’s about to launch an app that he says will be the opposite of Tripadvisor and Yelp. Not long after Naamyaa opened just by the corner of Angel tube station, a scathing review came out from restaurant critic Jay Rayner, panning the ‘infantile palate’ of its excessively ‘sweet and …

Arts Culture Music Tech

How Boiler Room was born

Blaise Bellville is the Marlborough-educated bashment DJ who built a music broadcast platform that wants to be the new MTV. An ill-conceived property venture inadvertently gave birth to Boiler Room, one of the most talked-about media businesses around today. Blaise Bellville lied to the building’s owner about investors and tenants he didn’t have in what was his latest wheeze to …

Tom Dixon portrait by Timba Smits for Courier Aug/Sep 2016

Design Retail

Tom Dixon’s commercial blueprint

How did a bass player in a funk band become the poster boy for British furniture designers? Tom Dixon’s £600 Melt pendant lights were the best-selling branded items at John Lewis in the run-up to Christmas last year. Middle England followed boutique hotels and upmarket restaurants in falling for Dixon’s products, which have become a shortcut for people looking for …