Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00

The seven sins of design

“Futuristic” novelty workplaces, far-too-smartphones, greenwashed office developments, anthropomorphic corkscrews ... These are all, frankly, abominations and we shall smite you down

Published in Crimes Against Design
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Learning from Japan

A show in Copenhagen examines why Danish architects and designers have drawn so much inspiration from a country on the other side of the globe, says Mille Collin Flaherty

Published in Review
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Mirrors: Surface tension

A mirror’s function has always been to provide an accurate likeness. So why are recent designs more interested in playing with the viewer’s sense of identity?

Published in Features
Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

Vienna Design Week

While John Pawson’s contribution is a thing of beauty, the wider festival focuses more on the everyday impact of design

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment
Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:00

Moving Mountains

Brooklyn-based industrial designer Syrette Lew explores the intersections between contrasting styles and periods. In her latest collection, Hollywood Regency meets ancient Rome

Published in News
Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

Take an Object, MoMA

From lightbulbs and chairs to flags and bedclothes, this show traces artists’ engagement with everyday objects that might have been disregarded, says Laura McLean-Ferris

Published in Review
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä

The Finnish architect, ceramicist and glasswork designer explains how working with buildings informs her creative process on a smaller scale

Published in News

Wellcome Collection, London
22 July – 18 October 2015

Published in Diary
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Making Africa

By avoiding “African issues”, Vitra’s pair of exhibitions present a far more compelling portrait of a multi-faceted, multi-vocal continent, writes Debika Ray

Published in Review
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

The trouble with bridges

Spanning a river was once an exercise in elegance and beauty, but today’s bridges express nothing but their own structural virtuosity. Bridge design, it seems, has become the prog rock of architecture, says Charles Holland

Published in Crimes Against Design
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Hugh Broughton

These objects remind me subliminally of the importance of simplicity, clarity, functionality and joyfulness in the design of any object, whatever its size or purpose

Published in Five Most Wanted

The first major retrospective of the visual artist revealed the strict processes, rules and systems behind her work, says Hannah Gregory

Published in Review
Thursday, 14 May 2015 01:00

Pathmakers: Women in art and design

The personal is political in an exhibition that presents works by mid-century female designers and artists, alongside those of their contemporary counterparts, says Laura McLean-Ferris

Published in Review
Monday, 11 May 2015 01:00

Icon Talks at CDW: GamFratesi

The Danish-Italian design duo will be speaking at Icon's House of Culture during Clerkenwell Design Week

Published in News

Subversive design met feminist porn at the opening of the Italian maverick's retrospective at New York's Allouche Gallery

Published in Review
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

Sebastian Cox

The furniture designer and self-confessed “wood nerd” talks to Katie Treggiden about his work

Published in News
Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Guy Bourdin

John Jervis welcomes a retrospective that focuses on the photographer’s 1970s heyday – when his sharp, surreal images helped to define the fashion industry

Published in Review

A show at New York's Museum of Arts and Design reveals more about the diversity of contemporary Latin American design than its geographic specificity

Published in Review
Thursday, 20 November 2014 12:12

The Vamp by Paul Cocksedge

In an effort to reanimate used electronic equipment, the London-based designer has created a Bluetooth device that you can stick onto any old speaker to play music

Published in News
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