Richard Rogers is one of the best known architects of the later 20th century, known for his high-tech approach to design.

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Vorticism was a short-lived radical art movement in Britain that celebrated urbanity and the age of the machine

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Finnish architect Alvar Aalto was a well-known modernist whose style was a unique blend of international influence, local material and individual expression.

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A modern take on the nineteenth-century club chair, the Eames Lounge Chair has become a classic.

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In the first half of the twentieth century, changes in technology and society led to the birth of a vision of an urban utopian that could be achieved through modernist design

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Monday, 30 March 2020 08:26

The Barcelona Chair: A modernist classic

The Barcelona Chair is one of the most recognisable and iconic designs of the last century. Still frequently used in interiors, the chair epitomises elegance, and embodies its creator Mies van der Rohe's famous maxim 'less is more.'

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Tuesday, 10 March 2020 14:00

The Louvre and its great glass pyramid

Once a royal residence, the Louvre Museum's palatial courtyard now centres around a crystalline glass pyramid
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A retrospective covering the life of Irish designer, architect and artist Eileen Gray is set to open in New York. Icon spoke to the exhibition's curator, Cloé Pitiot, to find out more

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Louis Kahn is widely recognised as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century, known for his monolithic concrete buildings around the world

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The Barcelona Pavilion was a hugely significant temporary structure that forms part of the early modernist canon of architecture

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Living With Beauty is the final report from the government-appointed commission on the controversial subject of what beautiful housing looks like

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Austrian architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s mass-produced kitchen transformed domestic life but shows that modernist efficiency didn’t necessarily lead to equality

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Villa Savoye is a definitive example of a modernist building. Set in the Parisian suburb of Poissy, the villa was designed by Swiss architect and modernist titan Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.

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German-American architect Mies van der Rohe is considered to be one of the pioneers of the modernist movement, devising in a paper sketch the world’s first glass skyscraper and practically inventing open-plan spaces. 

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 14:07

Review of the year: Top stories of 2019

What were people talking about in 2019? Find out in our review of the year

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A century since Le Corbusier began his journey as an architect, he remains one of the profession's most influential and controversial figures

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 15:30

Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright

As the work of Frank Lloyd Wright enters the UNESCO World Heritage List, we consider Fallingwater, one of the architect's most iconic works
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Roehampton's Alton Estate is one of 10 buildings on the Twentieth Century Society’s list of buildings at risk of demolition. Edwin Heathcote argues for its survival

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Monday, 21 January 2019 10:47

Five big ideas that changed design

Design movements have their core principles and significant levels of influence, but there are ideas in the history of design that have crossed over and changed the way we think about objects. Here we pick five that made an impact

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The most influential ideas in design are those that shaped material culture. In this extract from 100 Ideas That Changed Design, find out about the principle that links Swiss railway clocks and Ikea mugs

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