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31 August 2011

The Italian design duo’s Botanica range of vases reinvents plastic as a craft material by using long-forgotten plant and animal polymers.

With only a week left to see The Vorticists at Tate Britain, we bring you Owen Hatherley’s review of this exhibition celebrating the “insurgent avant-garde” art movement that flourished in London before and during World War One.

Published in Reviews 2011

The Icon Build Off

26 August 2011

To celebrate our 100th issue, Icon will present an exhibition during the London Design Festival showing remakes of Lego's Architectural Classics series by some of the most exciting architects in London. In the accompanying café, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own Lego models which will be displayed alongside those by Foster, Adjaye, Make, FAT and others.

Published in NEWS
Dominique Coulon has built an angular and colourful educational complex on the site of a notorious housing estate in the Paris banlieues.

Perfect Architect

23 August 2011

Agata Pyzik enjoys a deft novel that is part parody of, part paean to the world of starchitects.

Sentient City

23 August 2011

Data clouds are transforming our spatial and social relationships within the city.

Charlotte Perriand

23 August 2011

Photographs of found objects were the stimulus for many of the furniture designer’s classic works.

Owen Hatherley revels in the pomp, but misses the politics, of a very English movement.

Mechanical Bestiary

23 August 2011

In his computer-controlled kinetic sculptures, Dutch artist Christiaan Zwanikken – the subject 
of a new film by Jarred Alterman – uses salvaged electronic parts to bring animal skeletons back to life.

Champalimaud Centre

23 August 2011

Charles Correa’s medical research centre in Lisbon is a private building that has turned over half its site to dramatic public spaces.

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