The simplicity of Philippe Malouin’s work is misleading. What really excites the London-based furniture designer is a tricky brief and the experimentation that eventually reveals a new way of doing things.
Sebastian Bergne’s range of cookware for Tefal might look like cast iron, but it’s lightweight aluminium – and it’s meant to help its user lose weight too.
The space probe is about to become the first man-made object to leave the solar system. It is a beautiful expression of the best sort of human ambition.
Some artists take a very hands-on approach to architecture – digging it up, twisting it and slicing it up. We meet Mary Ellen Carroll, who is rotating a suburban house, and Richard Wilson, who punctures and dissects buildings.
A traditional Japanese firm of porcelain manufacturers had brought in Spanish designer Jaime Hayón to give its range a fresh look.
Disney’s sequel to cult sci-fi classic Tron was placed in the hands of Joseph Kosinski, an architect best known for his commercials. He talked us through the creation of his virtual world – Blade Runner as designed by Mies van der Rohe and Louis Kahn.
The uranium in François Roche’s Venice exhibit was confiscated by police. His practice, R&Sie(n), has been hit hard by the financial crisis. But architecture’s professional outsider is still out to infiltrate and contaminate the world.
Zaha Hadid Architects opens its first school – a zigzagging bridge of glass, concrete and steel. It’s a slice of shining Hadid swagger for a deprived part of south London.
Part holiday home, part missionary outpost, the Balancing Barn perches on a ridge in Suffolk like the cliffhanger finale of The Italian Job re-enacted with an extra-long Gulfstream trailer.
All architects take cues from the city around them, but the way that AOC samples London is different.
Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster has architects designing dreams. But even in dreams, the client limits the fun.
“There’s a saying in our trade: the better the idea, the more unlikely it will see the light of day,” says Sam Hecht, partner of design studio Industrial Facility.