There are still large parts of the island of Mallorca that are free of tourist development; where wild mountains rise above almond orchards and where black pigs rummage in the cold March sun; where farmers with accents so thick a Spaniard would struggle to understand them play cards in spartan bars and are suspicious of strangers.

ICON 024 | June 2005

So farewell Milan and hello, er, Rho-Pero. With the Salone Internazionale di Mobile moving to a new out-of-town location next year, this year’s furniture fair marked the end of an era.

ICON 024 | June 2005

This German photographer’s obsessive compulsive recreations of historic settings are getting a full airing at MoMA. What is it like to step into the creepy world of the artist known as Shanghai Buns?

ICON 024 | June 2005

We’ve had black chocolate and then almond chips in black chocolate; they’ve been packaged really small and packaged really big; and we’ve had pineapple and orange, melon, passion fruit, cheesecake …” Mark Dytham of Tokyo-based Klein Dytham Architects is enthusing over the diversity of the Japanese Kit Kat, which makes Britain's selection seem paltry.

ICON 024 | June 2005

Portugal doesn’t really need Rem Koolhaas. It reputedly produces more architects per head of population than any other country in the world. And it has two of the greatest living architects – Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souta de Moura – sharing an office in Porto, its second city.

ICON 024 | June 2005

Nadja Swarovski is still in touch with the tacky side of the crystal manufacturing company that bears her name. “My favourite when I was a child was this flower. Oh my god! I couldn’t get enough of it!” she says, showing me a drawer full of tiny crystal flower heads taken from a cupboard of her central London office.

ICON 024 | June 2005

The furniture on sale at the White store in TriBeCa, New York, looks familiar. In the cavernous showroom, and on the shelves that line the walls, stand pieces that rank among the icons of 20th century design.

ICON 024 | June 2005

Jenin took ten days to destroy and three years to rebuild.

ICON 024 | June 2005

The road from the airport to the centre of Cape Town is fast and wide and heads directly towards the looming silhouette of Table Mountain before veering around its northern flank and swooping down into the bland canyons of the central business district.

ICON 024 | June 2005