Encoded Textiles 19 November 2012

A Dutch design duo has created a machine that gives our ephemeral text message communication physical form – using bleach and lengths of coloured cotton.

MCA Chicago’s ambitious exhibition leaves Sam Jacob in no doubt about how little we can hope to know about the buildings we inhabit.

For Icon’s Weather issue, Random International – designers of the extraordinary Rain Room installation at the Barbican’s Curve ­– chose five things that echo their minimalist ethos. Here are their picks, plus a short film on the project by Gramafilm.

Rolf Sachs 12 November 2012

The designer has produced an eclectic range of objects and installations over the past 30 years, united as a body of work by their “Germanness”.

Icon 114: Weather 09 November 2012

The December issue is all about “Weather”. From the efforts of Brad Pitt’s Make it Right Foundation to rebuild a hurricane-flattened neighbourhood in New Orleans, to “Snow World” in Hyderabad, we look at how architecture creates environments that are insulated against the weather and ask how successful these can ever be.

Fobe House 07 November 2012

Architect Guilhem Eustache has incorporated cinematic references and surrealist symbols into this house in Morocco for a Belgian filmmaker.

Bright Sparks 05 November 2012

Dutch duo Scholten and Baijings have made a name for themselves as masters of colour, but are using a series of high-profile collaborations to prove they have more to offer – even to brands traditionally resistant to radical change.

November Diary 2012 02 November 2012

This month a retrospective on Louis Kahn comes to Europe, the Whitechapel Gallery celebrates the revolutionary Aspen magazine, little known Soviet masterpieces go on display in Vienna and New York's Museum of Arts and Design looks at olfactory innovations from the past 100 years.

The designer behind Japanese studio Nendo, picks five understated things that enhance daily life – “making our days interesting and rich.”

James Turrell 29 October 2012

The Californian artist’s work has long questioned how we perceive colour and light, and now he’s doing the same with sound and space.

The Barbican's exhibition devoted to Britain's national fantasy figure and his secret service toys invited us to think of James Bond as a kind of design object. As the new Bond film opens, here's Will Wiles on "the drone strike in a dinner jacket".

Touch of Glass 24 October 2012

Traditional French crystal maker Baccarat and Spanish designer Jaime Hayón are working together to create a body of work combining the old and the new – including a 170-year-old goblet design that now has Mickey Mouse ears.

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