The Grand Tourist + Lumens

In 2023, Lumens is proud to sponsor The Grand Tourist podcast. Listen in as design journalist Dan Rubinstein interviews luminaries in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, food and travel.

About The Grand Tourist: A podcast about design, art, architecture, food, fashion and travel—all the elements of a well-lived life. Join veteran journalist Dan Rubinstein as he shares his access with the world’s leading tastemakers.


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Emerging Designer Showcase

On this special episode sponsored by Lumens, Dan meets three extraordinary emerging talents in the field of design: South Africa’s Zizipho Poswa shares her memories of the women who raised her and inspired her bronze sculptures; Mexico’s Fernando Laposse explains the impact of agriculture on his materially minded works; and Belgium-based Linde Freya Tangelder chats about how she walks freely between the worlds of product and collectible design.

“I Believe in a God Called Time”

Gaetano Pesce

Designer, artist, iconoclast—Gaetano Pesce has been a creative force for more than 50 years. Celebrating his legacy in a new book, “The Complete Incoherence,” the Italian-born legend chats with Dan about the most important muses of his life, how he predicted the limited edition object, the meaning behind his imaginative work, and his absolute favorite New York restaurant.

The Art of Styling

Alastair McKimm, Laila Gohar, and Colin King

On this episode, Dan speaks with three talents from the worlds of fashion, food, and interiors to discuss their inventive and unpredictable careers: Alastair McKimm, editor-in-chief of the respected fashion magazine i-D; Laila Gohar, an artist who uses food as her medium; and Colin King, a stylist for magazines like Architectural Digest and the author of the new book Arranging Things.

Turning Ideas Into Icons

Alberto Alessi

Since the 1970s, Alberto Alessi has been a trailblazer in the world of product design. On this episode, Dan speaks with Alberto about the time he partnered with Salvador Dali, his creations by the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh, and why it’s bad for designers to have a style.

Advice and Inspiration on Modern Living

Athena Calderone

On this special call-in episode, Athena opens up about her career and answers burning questions from some of the leading names in her Rolodex, including Aurora James, Jason Wu, Jenna Lyons, Missy Robbins, Andre Mellone, and more.

Where Tradition and Modernity Meet

Vienna, Austria

The Austrian capital is a place with history around every corner, where layers of cultural complexity create an environment that endlessly rewards exploration. On this episode, Dan talks with hoteliers, curators, museum directors, and creatives who are upholding the legacy of a city bursting with art, design, music, and culture.

Season 6

Emerging Designer Showcase

On this special episode sponsored by Lumens, Dan meets three extraordinarily talented emerging talents in the field of design: London’s Tola Ojuolape, Paris’ Julien Sebban and New York’s Jacqueline Sullivan.

Never Give Up

Zandra Rhodes, English Fashion + Textile Designer

One of the most iconic fashion designers in Britain, Dame Zandra Rhodes has made a name for herself by filling the world around her with color, joy, and plenty of eye-catching patterns.

Illustration by Zebedee Helm, photo by Richard Dowker. Copyright (C) 2023 The Grand Tourist. All rights reserved.

The Man Who Made Antiques Cool

Axel Vervoordt, Belgian Visual Artist

On this episode, Dan speaks with Vervoordt on how he started selling objects as a teen, how he turned a former distillery into a world-class fine art destination called Kanaal, and what music you might hear when you visit him at home.

Illustration by Zebedee Helm, photo by Sebastian Schutyser. Copyright (C) 2023 The Grand Tourist. All rights reserved.

Mapping a Legacy in Graphic Design

Paula Scher, American Graphic Designer, Painter + Art Educator

Recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pentagram, the international design firm she joined as a partner in the 1990s, Dan and Paula explore the ins and outs of her incredibly impactful and creative career, her early days as an album cover designer, and just what good graphic design even is.

Illustration by Zebedee Helm, photo courtesy Pentagram. Copyright (C) 2023 The Grand Tourist. All rights reserved.

Meet New York's Developer King

Harry Macklowe, American Real Estate Developer and Investor

On this episode, Dan speaks with real estate developer Harry Macklowe about some of the biggest deals in this legend’s career, how he got Steve Jobs to build the original Apple Store glass cube, his love of Art Deco and mid-century modern, and his latest project: One Wall Street.

A Dinner for Two

Gabriel Hendifar, Artistic Director of Apparatus

For this season finale of the podcast, Dan shares an on-air meal with Gabriel Hendifar. Over various courses corresponding to phases of the impresario’s life, the two discuss the genesis of his growing company, the rule-breaking events he’s thrown, and why he’s going through a midlife epiphany.

Illustration by Zebedee Helm. Copyright (C) 2023 The Grand Tourist. All rights reserved.