The Musée du Quai Branly has cast contemporary artists as modern-day shamans working with the forces of disorder. But by displaying artworks next to artefacts from every continent and period of history, the show raises complicated questions about art and ethnography.
Shanghai’s latest super-sized hotel, office, retail, art and theatre complex employs almost as many architectural styles as it has uses.
Dance has always been a multidisciplinary form but the Belgian choreographer Frédéric Flamand has specialised in striking collaborations, working with leading architects including Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Diller + Scofidio and Dominique Perrault to explore the limits of bodies and cities
In 1811, the Commissioners’ Plan for New York presented a revolutionary document, a map depicting 12 avenues and 155 cross streets, better known as the Manhattan street grid, which made possible the city we know today.
The end of Hustwit’s Design Trilogy asks where cities are headed but leaves us to think about the answers, says Fatema Ahmed.
Icon celebrated its 100th issue during this year’s London Design Festival, with a party and by showing off the Lego skills of leading architects.
The undulating forms of Odile Decq’s dining room curve around the structure of the Paris opera house without ever touching it.
In its first hotel project, esoteric fashion house Maison Martin Margiela has refurbished a 19th-century townhouse in Paris in minimalist style.
A Parisian nightclub designed by David Lynch recreates the director’s dreamlike aestheticwith the help of traditional French craftsmanship.
The pencil has been the object of rivalry since it was invented, but while the world has changed around it, it remains the same as it ever was
Fireworks and a new sculpture park give the Gulf’s richest country a chance to put on a display of culture in its capital.
Dominic Wilcox’s drawings are well-known to readers of Icon: they appeared in the magazine every month for two years. But the designer, artist and solver of niche problems is also a careful craftsman who doesn’t feel the need to tell us what to make of his work.
To help celebrate our centenary, Icon challenged food design studio Blanch & Shock to stretch the boundaries of sponge-based sculpture…
Charles Correa’s medical research centre in Lisbon is a private building that has turned over half its site to dramatic public spaces.
Tomas Libertiny and his 60,000 bees tested the limits of Venetian glassmaking to produce their largest collaboration to date.
The responses of young designers to world events ranged from hand-made radiation detectors to seesaw-powered washing machines.
Dutch designer Dik Scheepers has invented a faster mould-making process to produce a ceramics range that makes a feature of its flaws.
The modular system that Yuya Ushida has used to make his new sofa and stool is simple enough for you to assemble at home – if you have enough patience.
A sculptural installation of porcelain tiles and fluorescent lights transformed an 18th-century courtyard at the University of Milan during the furniture fair.