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icon 068 / February 2009

Will the crash save luxury design? That's the question we ask in the February issue of icon. As the economic crisis unfolds, the stricken luxury end of the design industry might look like an odd place to look for inspiration. But, as we discover, it could be the source of design's creative salvation - and the place where a revolution in consumer culture begins.

Away from the glittering bling, we're also blinded by Tokyo Design Week. We've got to ask: why is everything so white? Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Coop Himmelb(l)au unveils Central High School 9, which most passers-by mistake for an amusement park. But isn't it time the Obama generation of architects take over from the Baby Boomers? Talking of Boomers, our conversation this month is between Thom Mayne, founder of Morphosis, and artist Laurie Anderson. They discuss how buildings sound, Andy Warhol and Mongolian throat singers.

Up front, we've got Bruce Sterling talking about generative design (and asking the question "is it any good?"), a profile of Mexican multimedia artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, new work from Herzog & de Meuron, IM Pei, and Massimiliano Fuksas, and a report from Design Miami. In Review, there's a giant atlas and the Monocle Shop (sadly, it doesn't sell monocles).

Home page image: Harris Teeter by Joe Foti for Chrome Hearts. Photograph by Andrew Penketh.

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