Maybe we were looking in the wrong places. But while there are some designers you can't avoid, the one we were really looking for was never there. Not at Milan; not at any of the parties over the summer; not at the show openings. We once thought we saw him at the Design Museum but before we had made our way across the room, he'd gone.
There are modern castles in Northern Ireland. Jonathan Olley, an award-winning photojournalist, was in Northern Ireland from 1998 to 2001 to photograph the British Army barracks, fortifications and police stations before they were due to be torn down as part of the peace process.
"We've got no money." That's what Piers Roberts and Rory Dodd - aka designersblock - say when you ask them why they live and work in a dilapidated former pub in a shabby backstreet off Kingsland Road in East London. But the building is the perfect base for a company that is the raw antidote to the slick commercialism of much of the contemporary design scene.
Design legend and lifelong Kraftwerk fan Peter Saville reviews Kraftwerk'sfirst album of new material for 17 years. It was supposed to be released to coincide with the Tour de France but came out just after it had finished. And New Order thought that he was bad at deadlines...