Half the employees of Neutelings Riedijk's Rotterdam studio have caught a virus, and the office is nearly empty. But it reinforces partner Willem Jan Neutelings' point. "You don’t see any hectic," he says, Dutch accent heavy but English near perfect.

Martí Guixé opened a temporary restaurant in November that was like an internet search engine for food.

Can a static web browser bring together evolving Web 2.0 tools such as del.icio.us under a single interface?

An earthquake brought Herzog and de Meuron to San Francisco, and the building they have given the city looks like the remnant of a lost civilisation.

There was a time BC (before Conran) when chefs and designers moved in separate spheres. But, in recent times, the boundaries between food and design have begun to dissolve.

Intimately associated with the conceptual approach that has characterised Dutch design for the past decade, Design Academy Eindhoven is one of the most highly regarded design schools in the world. Now it is shifting its focus and creating a new agenda for the next generation of Dutch designers.

Beer companies don't normally do urban regeneration. But in October, Heineken transformed a row of crumbling grain warehouses in Valencia into an exhibition space and concert venue.

"We had the British caravan in mind," says Mark Dytham of Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architects of its new wedding reception space.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have created a sanctuary from modern life, a soothing reminder of the benefits of confinement.