On our third day at LDF, we considered the indispensability of sofas, the prospects of Brazilian mid-century design and a very exclusive bucket
The final version of this sofa for Moroso, launching at Milan Furniture Fair next month, has smooth lines and a soft, plump shape
For an exhibition at his London studio, the the Israel-born, UK-based designer has turned a chance observation and an idle pastime into an artwork – or is it a process?
Debika Ray met the celebrated designer and architect at CDW as he popped into the Vitra showroom to judge the Tailor My Tom Vac competition. Watch the video here
To celebrate 15 years of Ron Arad's Tom Vac chair, Vitra and Icon are giving one away – signed by the designer himself
Battersea Power Station, derelict for more than 30 years, has been called a graveyard of architectural visions. Christopher Turner visits the practices responsible for some of these fantastical, unrealised schemes – by John Outram, Nicholas Grimshaw, Ron Arad and Terry Farrell – and talks to Wilkinson Eyre about its latest ideas
In this issue we asked architects and designers to share the projects that never made it off the drawing board. We also look at the many schemes that have been proposed for Battersea Power Station. We revisit Frei Otto’s 1970 plan for a domed city in the Arctic, and there’s a short history of vapourware – computer products that were prototyped and hyped, but never went into production.
For this issue we asked a dozen experts to nominate those architects and designers that they thought were shaping the future. We didn’t want our list of 50 names to watch to be hierarchical, with definitive pretensions, but rather a snapshot of the ways in which a new generation is pushing the boundaries of its practice. We spoke to the nominees about what they thought were the challenges and opportunities facing their profession, and the things that inspired them.
Is speed an essential quality of the 21st-century museum? If the architect’s job is to oil the wheels of the culture industry, then perhaps it is. With Tate Modern getting 4 million visitors a year, you need to drive the culture-hungry through the pens quickly. But the museum is not traditionally a place of swift passage, it’s one of thoughtful wandering and edifying pauses
With biomimicry and incessant repetition of structural elements the Liège-Guillemins TGV station is trademark Santiago Calatrava. A sweeping roof of massive span rakes out over the surroundings, making this a deeply impressive building.
Ron Arad I came to London in ’73. I’d spent a year at art school in Tel Aviv and I needed a break. I didn’t even pack my LPs – they were very important to me. So I came to London for a break – and I’m still on my break.