icon 082 / April 2010
The April issue of icon gets sensory with Mathieu Lehanneur, one of a new wave of designers treating science the way that the previous generation treated manufacturing. We visit Lehanneur’s studio/laboratory, where he tinkers with medicine, raises fish inside coffee tables and conducts atmospheric experiments. Similarly experimental is Herzog & de Meuron’s VitraHaus in Germany, the world’s most ambitious furniture showroom, a surreal stack of house-like slabs.
Less extroverted but every bit as interesting is the Swedish city of Malmö, which has spent a half-century forging a distinctive civic architecture – we have a special report. More edgy is Berlin, where a new gallery demonstrates the ultimate in pared-down, super-flexible minimalism. And out of the mainstream altogether is the design hacking scene – after years on the fringe, is it finally ready to become a major cultural force?
Up front, we have a performing arts centre in Nanjing, a church in Chile and reports from Maison & Objet and the Stockholm furniture fair. In review, we look back at Learning from Las Vegas and look forward to the airbrushed cheeks of David Cameron, plus there’s the latest architecture books. That’s issue 082, out now.
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