Horses would seem to have little to offer as a solution to the problems of modernist public space. But last autumn, in Tilbury, a former docking town east of London, a procession of schoolchildren dressed up as horses wound its way from historic Tilbury Fort to the middle of the tough Broadway Estate.

London’s most exclusive eatery is a head-on collision between the sublime and the blandly tasteful.

Rising Swedish design outfit Front has completed its first interior, for an art gallery in Stockholm.

“We don’t have happy endings. Things never work out. They’re grey and muddy and complex,” says Fiona Raby of design duo Dunne & Raby, snuffling into a hanky. “We’re living in this irresolvable, messy place ...”

Gus Wüstemann has made a landscape in an apartment.

“When I was a student, porcelain was associated with kitschy souvenirs or stupid mugs,” recalls Czech designer Maxim Velcovsky. “But recently a new wave of ideas has revived the material and placed it in a different context.”

“We are going to rock you!” exclaims Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow. It’s his birthday, and he and his partner, Momoyo Kaijima, mean to celebrate.

Jerszy Seymour’s laptop is a mess. Its cracked case is covered in gaffer tape and skate stickers, the fan buzzes and the screen has a thick line running down it where it doesn’t work. Right now it’s pumping out a stream of music from Simian, which the designer excitedly chose because it is described on a website as “incredibly strange”.

Graphic novels are on the rise. This is one of the latest, a particularly complex Paul Auster novel. Translating it into drawings helps bring out its mysterious rhythms.