Wednesday, 01 May 2013 01:00

America's assembly line

Will Wiles is fascinated by an engaging and rigorous history of the production line and how it speeded up the world

Published in Review
Monday, 25 March 2013 15:08

Pixel prophet: MVRDV's Winy Maas

Winy Maas, a founder of Dutch firm MVRDV, believes in the kind of high-density urban living only skyscrapers can provide. He talks to Icon about his love of ”intensity architecture” and explains how the pixel will help architects reconcile individuals to collective living

Published in Features

Few designers get to watch their work being ceremonially paraded up and down the country, but that’s how Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby spent the summer of 2012. The question is, after the “whirlwind” of the Olympic torch, what will they do next?

Published in Features
Friday, 26 October 2012 15:20

Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style

The Barbican's exhibition devoted to Britain's national fantasy figure and his secret service toys invited us to think of James Bond as a kind of design object. As the new Bond film opens, here's Will Wiles on "the drone strike in a dinner jacket".

Published in Review
Friday, 08 June 2012 15:58

Hexen 2.0

Suzanne Treister's updated tarot deck offers paranoid fortune-telling for the threatening age of the military-industrial complex and the internet. Find out what our reviewer thought and take advantage of a 40% off reader offer.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 15:33

Design Indaba: Sissel Tolaas

The Norwegian chemist specialises in capturing the smell of places and is passionate about the social implications of her unusual line of work.

Published in News
Monday, 02 April 2012 01:00

Mobile phones: no signal

Has the mobile phone killed suspense? What would happen if our lone hero could get a signal? Will Wiles on the contemporary screenwriter's cellular agony

Published in Features
Friday, 16 March 2012 14:04

Distrust That Particular Flavor

Speculative fiction writer William Gibson is credited with "predicting the internet" as early as 1981. A book of his essays, written over three decades, brings together his prophecies about "the Net" and other astounding insights on subjects from eBay to Singapore. Here's our review.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 07 March 2012 14:53

Open Outcry: Simon Dance Design Furniture

Artist Mary Ellen Carroll worked with British studio Simon Dance Design and a mathematician to create a set of furniture that lets you manipulate conversation.

Published in News
Thursday, 01 March 2012 00:00

Chernobyl: Atomic City

Abandoned since the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the city of Pripyat has spent 25 years returning to nature. Off limits to all but a few, the decaying city has become a magnet for a curious breed of ruin enthusiasts: urban explorers

Published in Features
Monday, 07 June 2010 12:21

Spun chair by Heatherwick Studio

The Spun chair was shown by Magis during the Milan furniture fair, but it started life as a limited edition piece at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London.

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