Design Shanghai 23 April 2014

The inaugural event took a range of leading Western design brands to China for the first time.

131 years after Antoni Gaudí was appointed to build a church on the edge of Barcelona, architects from across the globe are still working out how to complete it.

The Londoner’s passport has been updated for the smartphone era, with a bold graphic treatment that conveys the city’s status as a centre for cutting-edge design.

An exhibition of the conceptual artist’s early, design-influenced work includes some surprisingly appealing objects.

Frei Otto’s proposal to house 40,000 people under a 2km dome in the Arctic Circle reflected the zeitgeist of the 1970s – a concern about the ecological future combined with the promise of a better tomorrow.

Vault House 08 April 2014

Johnston Marklee’s beachside house in California plays with light and shadow, without forgetting the ocean view.

Icon picks out the main attractions from across the city, including EDIT at the Palazzo Morando, Toyo Ito’s showroom for Kvadrat, and the Bouroullecs at Fiera Rho.

Icon 131: Factories 04 April 2014

This month our cover stars Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby talk to Icon about In the Making, the exhibition at the Design Museum in which they interrupt the production process to show us everyday objects in their unfinished state. We also look ahead to Milan Furniture and Clerkenwell Design Week, and bring you the latest Italian products in this month’s design report.

Six architects have created installations for the main galleries of the Royal Academy. Hana Loftus asks if the results are anything like architecture …

Los Angeles International was the seminal jet-age airport and its designers William Pereira and Charles Luckman, the first jet-age modernists. It set the model for how we fly today and established the aesthetic for much of America's military-industrial complex.

On 11 April, Icon will join Made in Ratio for one of the design brand’s daily talks at Spazio Verger, Milan.

The Lausanne museum’s gift shop is forgoing the usual tourist trinkets in favour of a collection of charming objects designed by local students.

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