Dubai has a design scene, but it's in London, Chicago, Hamburg, Rotterdam and other hothouses of corporate architecture. This is a city that imports everything.

The design scene in Scotland has a spring in its step, thanks to the country's resurgent national confidence, and in May the Six Cities Design Festival was launched at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

Fat-cat designers draining limited-edition buckets of Cristal and swinging from Swarovski chandeliers at the Gdansk Biennial... where did it all go wrong?

Approaching a billboard with ladders and razors, London collective Cutup peels off large panels of the print and slices them into small squares, reducing the vast imagery into hundreds of physical pixels that are then re-assembled.

For our special 50th issue we asked 50 of the most influential architects, designers and thinkers to tell us what they believe in.

The age of the manifesto is over. The grand ideologies are dead. History has ended. Relativism and apathy reign.

Thomas Heatherwick has designed a seaside cafe in Littlehampton on the south-east coast of England. "I wanted the building to look like a thing of unknown origin, washed up on the shore," says the British designer of his East Beach Cafe.

With all the trappings of a royal function, is the award getting too respectable for its own good?

Six o'clock on a misty Wednesday morning in a silent field in southern Germany and we should be alone with Peter Zumthor’s Bruder Klaus chapel.

Vitra has launched a series of experimental, limited-edition pieces by 15 established designers.