With her fantastical wardrobe and exuberant patterns, the east London designer was always going to get noticed. But behind the giant fruits and rainbow eyeliner is a thoughtful artist well able to control the noise, says Riya Patel
An exhibition at the St Etienne Biennale provided an insight into the hidden design within everyday objects and the implications of taking standardisation to the extreme
Twenty-six women have contributed outfits to this Zaha Hadid-designed show about the empowering effects of fashion. But the clothes seem somewhat meaningless without their wearer or context, finds Riya Patel
Joseph Grima has curated a series of micro exhibitions contemplating domesticity in the digital age, continuing the Belgian design event’s shift in emphasis from commerce to culture
Josh Bitelli has spent days alongside road painters, roofers and industrial bakers, even getting up at 3am to join the production line. His furniture and objects are inspired by the oddities and artisanship still to be found in these mechanised processes
The British designer's furniture series for Dzek showcases his own engineered stone – a nougat-like composition of four types of Italian marble
With the world's largest furniture design show returning on 8 April, Icon picks out some of its highlights, including Max Lamb's manmade stone and a minimalist ping pong table
The London-based designer is fascinated by imperfections in everyday objects – the “runts of production”. It is only when things go wrong, he says, that we can appreciate how things are made.
Dutch practice DUS proposes an alternative architecture through social networks, temporary interventions and open sourcing. Now it is printing its first building, a canal house in Amsterdam, which it hopes will be replicated and reworked along the city's northern waterways
The Norwegian designer is the first non-Swede to have designed the bar at Stockholm Furniture Fair; it's the culmination of four years’ work to combine the abstract and concrete in lighting.
Inspired by the mechanics of a guitar, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed a minimalist curtain system they say a child could install.
An elaborate sand-timer for Laikingland and an introspective model of a thinker for Swarovski, reflect the Dutch designer’s present state of mind.
Whether he's collecting rolls of tape from around the world or reinterpreting classic chairs, the London designer prefers to explore the diversity in the everyday to creating "showy" objects.
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma specialise in challenging conventional ways of thinking about traditional materials such as leather and charcoal – and despite their collaborations with big-name manufacturers, they show no sign of losing their edge.
A Dutch design duo has created a machine that gives our ephemeral text message communication physical form – using bleach and lengths of coloured cotton.
Oslo-based designer Kristine Five Melvaer has created a family of lighting pieces that tell a story with their shapes and materials.
Inverigo in northern Italy is in many ways a traditional factory town, where most people work for a single employer. The difference here is that the employer is Milanese company Poliform – and the local industry is designer furniture