Friday, 23 January 2015 12:53

Nendo's Oki Sato

Japanese studio Nendo has been selected as the Maison et Objet 2015 designer of the year. Watch the man behind the practice discuss his work and read his pick of five favourite designs 

Published in Video
Friday, 30 November 2012 00:00

A New Kind of Bleak

Sukhdev Sandhu finds that Owen Hatherley’s Angry Young Man approach to the banality of modern Britain is as bracing as ever.

Published in Review
Monday, 05 November 2012 10:26

Scholten & Baijings: masters of colour

Dutch duo Scholten and Baijings have made a name for themselves as masters of colour, but are using a series of high-profile collaborations to prove they have more to offer – even to brands traditionally resistant to radical change.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 10:28

Oki Sato

The designer behind Japanese studio Nendo, picks five understated things that enhance daily life – “making our days interesting and rich.”

Published in Five Most Wanted
Monday, 29 October 2012 09:44

Skyspaces by James Turrell

The Californian artist’s work has long questioned how we perceive colour and light, and now he’s doing the same with sound and space.

Published in News
Friday, 26 October 2012 15:20

Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style

The Barbican's exhibition devoted to Britain's national fantasy figure and his secret service toys invited us to think of James Bond as a kind of design object. As the new Bond film opens, here's Will Wiles on "the drone strike in a dinner jacket".

Published in Review
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 12:03

Jaime Hayón for Baccarat

Traditional French crystal maker Baccarat and Spanish designer Jaime Hayón are working together to create a body of work combining the old and the new – including a 170-year-old goblet design that now has Mickey Mouse ears.

Published in Features
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 09:35

The Tanks at Tate Modern

Before the completion of Herzog & de Meuron’s Tate Modern extension, the gallery has opened up a series of underground oil tanks to host performance art.

Published in News
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 16:18

Ministry of Defence

Manchester studio MayNinth decided to test its mettle by declaring war on the image of one of its least favourite institutions

Published in Rethink
Monday, 15 October 2012 11:02

Light Jars by Kristine Five Melvær

Oslo-based designer Kristine Five Melvaer has created a family of lighting pieces that tell a story with their shapes and materials.

Published in News

A restoration project has brought the crumbling ruins of a Lisbon theatre back to life by enclosing them in vast planes of terracotta concrete.

Published in News
Monday, 08 October 2012 10:02

Troika: experimenting with light

Troika's experiments with light offer intriguing narratives on everything from truth in digital photography to the British weather. This month, the London-based trio will design a project room for Biennale Interieur (20-28 October) that imagines the future of living spaces.

Published in News
Monday, 01 October 2012 01:00

Organic LEDs

At a small factory in the south of France, technicians work with nanoscopic layers of material to create a new type of light source: organic LEDs. These glass-based panels are energy efficient, never get hot and might just be the future of lighting. Now the factory is collaborating with Flos and Philippe Starck to put them to the test

Published in Features
Monday, 01 October 2012 01:00


Inverigo in northern Italy is in many ways a traditional factory town, where most people work for a single employer. The difference here is that the employer is Milanese company Poliform – and the local industry is designer furniture

Published in Features
Monday, 01 October 2012 01:00

Ikea: How it all began

Everyone knows what an Ikea store is like, but how is the flatpack furniture that fills our homes in ever growing numbers actually designed and made? We visited Ikea's birthplace in southern Sweden, and a factory that makes a famous bookcase, to find out

Published in Features
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:23

Casa Garoza by Herreros Arquitectos

Madrid-based architect Juan Herreros sees this no-frills holiday home in rural Spain as an animal occupying but not transforming the landscape.

Published in News