Icon 128: Mexico 09 January 2014

This month we talk to Fernando Romero, architect of the Soumaya Museum, about working for OMA and also for Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world – and Romero’s father-in-law. Edwin Heathcote visits David Chipperfield’s Jumex Museum in Mexico City, and Frida Escobedo, our cover star, explains how she’s mixing modernism with more ornamental traditions. Plus 24 pages of the latest German designs.

The sweeping form of Snøhetta’s cancer care centre in Aberdeen is designed to calm, but the building lacks the warmth of some of its peers.

January 2014 diary 07 January 2014

2014 begins with Barber Osgerby turning curator at the Design Museum and the Royal Academy putting on its biggest ever architecture exhibition. There's also Herbert Bayer's graphic art in Berlin, Moshe Safdie in Los Angeles, hysteria in film at the Freud museum, and a history of architecture in the Arabian peninsula.

We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Icon Awards 2013. You can read profiles of the 60 international nominees and interviews with all the winners in this month’s magazine – out now!


This month we’re celebrating the second Icon Awards, our prize for the best international architecture, design, technology and culture of the past year. In this special issue we present interviews with each of the winners, and with Margaret Calvert, our Icon of the Year. 

Rem Koolhaas’s riot of stacked glass boxes may not be entirely respectful towards its neighbours, but, says Edwin Heathcote, it is one of the most daringly democratic buildings of the early 21st century. 

Iina Vuorivirta 03 December 2013

The young Finnish designer’s curiosity about materials, and confidence in using them, has already resulted in a diverse portfolio of work.

Whether they are fitting out a Savile Row shop or adapting a grade I-listed house, London duo 6a Architects take a radical approach to history and conservation, cherry-picking elements of the past to weave into new narratives.

Makers with Agendas 15 November 2013

Makers with Agendas is a new company formed by three designers who want to educate consumers through its designs, photography and research. Julien De Smedt, one of the co-founders, tells us more about his goals.

The Interlace 09 November 2013

Ole Scheeren and OMA have teamed up to design a luxury residential block in Singapore that borrows aesthetically from post-war housing. 

During London Design Festival, 100% design welcomed more than 27,000 visitors over four days at Earls Court in London, and this year expanded into both exhibition halls. Here are three of Icon’s highlights from the show.

Feature: Matali Crasset 05 November 2013

For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday. 

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