As part of its annual award for emerging practices, W Hotels sent three designers abroad to learn from and create alternative aesthetics.
Dunne & Raby envisages four futures for the United Kingdom, each displaying a different attitude to technology. Will Wiles considers the options.
Architect Gluck+ has designed a house for its principal that evokes the feeling of being in a treehouse from the comfort of a rooftop terrace.
Haworth Tompkins’ red box on London’s South Bank tests directors and actors in an intimate space and highlights the contrast between temporary and permanent structures.
Marcel Duchamp is the ghost at the party at this exhibition about his influence on four great American artists, says Fleur Darkin.
Cinema has come a long way since an actor first sat in front of a coloured screen and pretended to fly a magic carpet. But today’s hyper-real digital worlds still start with a lurid green wall.
Foster + Partners’ airport in the Jordanian desert uses local materials and Islamic motifs, but surprises arriving passengers with lush greenery
Beals & Lyon, a young Santiago practice, seeks to draw people back to the city’s parks with a series of timber pavilions and pathways in which one might get lost.
The Spanish architect and designer thinks that it's never been a more interesting time to be a furniture designer.
Maddison Graphic refurbishes a venerable institution with a typeface built from architectural elements.
A San Francisco home has been remodelled with a rear facade of triangulating glass, allowing views over the city from the sofa.
Since the launch of his first store in 1970, Paul Smith has mixed his fashion designs with the collection of curiosities that inspire them. He refers to this ever expanding hoard, which overflows his disorderly office and fills storage facilities, as The Department of Silly.
The fragmentary patterns created by kaleidoscopes have long enchanted the New York architect and helped to add a sense of the spectacular to many of his biggest projects.
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’s aluminium-clad store for 180km of state papers is inevitably imposing, but manages to retain a human scale.
Richard Rogers has always urged people to consider the dialogue between structures in a cityscape, rather than just individual buildings – an interest that can be traced back to his mother’s arrangements of ceramic pots that occupy a central space in his home
The London-based designer is fascinated by imperfections in everyday objects – the “runts of production”. It is only when things go wrong, he says, that we can appreciate how things are made.
Matali Crasset's furniture, made from a new super-light type of concrete, aims to make us rethink the role of the material in the home.
In the mid 1970s, the artist Donald Judd moved from New York to Marfa and remodelled the remote Texas town according to his minimalist aesthetic. We visit the art oasis that has influenced and inspired a new generation of architects and designers.