Issue 089 out now 08.10.10

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icon 089 / November 2010

Issey Miyake, the father of modern Japanese fashion, is on the cover of icon 089, the November issue. Inside, in a rare interview, he tells us about his return to fashion a decade after retiring, his new line of “wearable origami” and what he learned from Vidal Sassoon.

From wearable origami to architectural alchemy: we visit Copenhagen, where BIG has unveiled its 8 House, a housing block on a near-megastructural scale, the latest manifestation of the ideas of practice founder Bjarke Ingels. Is it a 21st-century heir to the radical housing of the 20th century? Similarly radical but on a much smaller scale is MVRDV’s Balancing Barn, a teetering holiday home hanging over a steep slope – first salvo in writer Alain de Botton’s new campaign to transform British tastes in architecture.

Up front, we’ve got a colourful Swedish nursery, Marc Newson’s speedboat, designer pigeon poo, a museum by Kengo Kuma and profiles of Ball Nogues and Guise. In Review, there’s a thorough look at the Venice Biennale, ideas for illegal Israeli settlements and two lots of suburban fetishists: the heritage kinds and the leather-and-rubber kind. That’s all in icon 089, on sale now.





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