“When people come in here they ask to see the machinery. That’s the machinery,” says Philip Treacy, spreading his long, thin, pale fingers out in front of him. As he gives us a tour of his attic studio, he picks up objects and rubs them slowly as if he’s smelling them with his fingertips.

Two pubes on a plate – what does this tell us about the work of women designers today? Perhaps girls do want to have fun but they want a lot more besides.

This is not a skyscraper. Not according to its architect, Jean Nouvel. He prefers to think of it as a geyser.

Toyo Ito’s contribution to the fashionable boulevard of Omotesando in Tokyo (featured under construction in icon 019) is complete.

A “design guru’s” pick of the V&A’s collection reveals a compelling psychosis but not much about beauty.
At 2.6 km long, the viaduc de millau is Norman Foster’s biggest ever project. And when I got to this small town in southern France, whose western skies are now filled by the seven toothpick-like piers of the bridge, I couldn’t find it.

Who are the people who are changing the contemporary design landscape? What are the products, organisations and ideas that everyone will be copying in the immediate future?

I’m on a beach in a zeppelin hangar surrounded by palm trees and Germans.

“Yap! Ya ya. Yoo hoo. Bye!” That’s Gijs Bakker ending a call on his mobile phone. “Ya, yuh yuh. Ya.” That’s Renny Ramakers taking one on hers.

Shoebaloo is a multicoloured tunnel of footwear on Amsterdam’s fashionable PC Hooftstraat street. Designed by Amsterdam-based Meyer & van Schooten, the 100sq m interior can change colour thanks to 540 fluorescent bulbs set behind its plastic shell.