“All architecture and furniture, is shaped around the human body and how it perceives the world”. Nigel Coates approach as designer, architect and author, has always been to work within the layers of perception and within them sensuality which is a fundamental part of the reality. Typically his objects have body-like curves, his architecture has characteristic fluidity too, and seems inclined to muscle-in on the city. Art and literary strategies find their way into many of his projects. Coates has designed and built influential interiors, exhibitions and buildings around the world, in particular in UK and in Japan. Throughout his colourful career, he has pursued experimental work that has been shown in an art and design context, including such exhibits as ArkAlbion shown at the Architectural Association in 1984, Ecstacity at the same venue in 1992, Mixtacity at Tate Modern in 2007, and Hypnerotosphere at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008. Examples of his work are held in collections around the world including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Cooper Hewitt and FRAC . His book Narrative Architecture (Wiley) has been published in 2012. Shows in 2012 include Casa Reale at the Salone del Mobile and the London Design Festival, and Picaresque at Kama: Sex and Design at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.