“My designs are often about normal things that have gone a bit strange,” says Gitta Gschwendtner. “Obviously functionality is important, but I want my work to be more demanding. Some pieces take on a life of their own.”

Considering how highly books are respected, it’s strange how little is known about the mysterious world of publishing. Journalist and author Kester Rattenbury probes the arcane workings of a dilettantish industry and argues that while publishers are fighting to be noticed on the mass market, the very nature of the book is changing.

Brixton Prison is a long way from the catwalk, but this is where the celebrated fashion duo Eley Kishimoto choose to operate – well, next door anyway. Apparently, from the roof of their three-storey building (a former jam factory) you can sometimes see the inmates playing football in the exercise yard.

Foster and Partners has reached its corporate apotheosis. Norman Foster’s office has created a contemporary building in London with an unmatched place in the public’s perception of the capital, and topped it with the most prole baitingly spectacular corporate space in the city.
Plus fours and anarchy? The day the streets of east London became a golf course.

Seattle has set a new standard for public architecture in America with the opening of Rem Koolhaas’ Central Library.

Kingsdale School is a lonely example of how England’s crumbling state schools could be rethought, redesigned and rehabilitated with imagination rather than mediocrity.

Italian designer and architect Gaetano Pesce was in London recently to relaunch his 1969 UP chair. He met up with icon for a few frank words on meaningful design, boring architecture and the beauty of the badly made.

Digital audio broadcasting is supposed to be radio for the i-pod generation, so what’s with this Eighties droid affair that looks like it belongs on the nursery floor and takes a genius to use?