"Every night they would come with some tea and say, 'Tomorrow we will kill you.'" Things weren't looking good for Ettore Sottsass in the autumn of 1943.

The DNA of design is mutating. Designers are replicating the patterns and processes of nature, making chairs that are grown like bone, vases built by bees and posters printed with bacteria. Design and biology are being spliced together.

In the middle Eighties I wrote that in the middle Sixties someone asked me to design a coffee table.
The arrival of a Northern Bottlenose Whale in the Thames in January 2006 was the result of two wrong turns. Straying from its customary feeding grounds off the coast of Nova Scotia, the whale found itself in the North Sea.
The Shock of the Old is packed with iconoclastic, thought-provoking ideas that challenge our innovation-centric view of technology. Charting the rise and fall and rise again of technologies, the book understands them through their actual use.

A golden window reflects glimpses of the wild landscape and rolling hills of upstate New York, home to Amsterdam-based practice UN Studio's first building in America.

The Santo Volto Church, in a northern suburb of Turin, could easily be mistaken for a cluster of cooling towers.
So, farewell then Momofuku Ando (1910-2007), inventor of one of the world's most incredible products: the instant noodle.

Tavs Jørgensen is a somewhat unlikely new technology activist. Originally trained as a potter in his native Denmark, he designed tableware for British manufacturer Dartington Pottery for many years.