Paul's Land Rover Defender

As the automotive iconic reaches the end of its long life, Paul met up with the Land Rover team to take his bespoke Defender for a test-drive and share his fondness for one of Britain’s most recognisable vehicles.

 Paul Smith

Paul Smith


Paul worked closely with Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) design team and Land Rover’s Chief Design Officer, Gerry McGovern, to create an utterly unique version of the Defender to honour this special vehicle as it reaches the end of production.

To create a Defender that captured Paul Smith’s confident use of colour, Paul sent the SVO team a set of Pantone colour references, which were then specially mixed to create the 27 colours that were used on the vehicle’s exterior.

Paul intended the patchwork colour scheme to honour the honest history of the Defender, especially its use on the farmyard and in the emergency services. Yet inside there is a feeling of luxury, with soft leather and Paul Smith Maharam fabric.

Link to Paul's Defender


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We are so excited to be live on Episode 9 of this podcast by Bill Barol.

 Kambiz Hemati

Kambiz Hemati

"Suppose you wanted to design a home away from home. What would you put in? What would you leave out? What kind of seating would you have? (Soft? Hard? Low? High?) What kind of tables — big working slabs or intimate little two-tops?

A good “third place” may seem casually homey, but its design is the end result of a million tiny decisions. This week, it’s a conversation with Kambiz Hemati, who oversaw store design at Starbucks for two years and now owns Love Coffee Bar in Santa Monica, where he gets to think hard — and think small — about what makes a place feel like home."

Please click on link: Episode 9: A Home Away From Home