In Basel for the annual Design Miami collectors’ fair in June, veteran designer Alessandro Mendini got more than he bargained for when he opened the Sensory Deprivation Skull, the foam and polyester sofa by Atelier van Lieshout.
Tom Dixon: We’ve just moved the studio here from Notting Hill. It was just too small, and it was three times more expensive than the equivalent floorspace here. We were looking at Brick Lane, but because it’s become fashionable it’s almost more expensive further east now.
Tokyo's design week is hugely popular with the European design community. But why? Few designers launch products here - they do that in Milan or Cologne - and the jetlag is crippling.
The first visitors to Inn the Park, the new restaurant in St James’s Park, were spectators for the London Marathon – and it hadn’t even opened yet.
We've seen the future and it's full of trendspotters. They're out on the streets, in bars and supermarkets, surfing the net, observing what people are saying, doing, eating, wearing and buying. They're then reporting their findings back to their clients: retailers, manufacturers and - increasingly - architects and designers.