Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Hilda Hellström

Fascinated by the historical resonance of objects, the Swedish designer has created her own mythical artefacts

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 15:31

Graduates 2014: Royal College of Art

The best of this year’s Design Products graduates delivered projects with real purpose, tackling overconsumption, exploring new techniques and designing for adaptable living, says Riya Patel

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 17:10

Profile: Industrial Facility

The London-based product-design studio, Industrial Facility, who make prototypes of their minimalist designs out of paper, has also set up an online store to sell their creations that is intended as a "research tool"

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Using the European standard shapes for warnings, Calvert designed the pictorial instructions for road users, referencing what was familiar to her – a cow for livestock crossing, modelled after Patience, her favourite heifer on the family farm; children crossing the road, inspired by her upbringing and including a subtle self-portrait.When Calvert began her career, graphic design didn’t exist as a profession. Six decades later, her work is all around us – from the signs on Britain’s roads to the website for the UK government

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00

Future 50: BornAnIdea

Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

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Thursday, 01 August 2013 01:00

Future 50: Nelly Ben Hayoun

Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

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Haworth Tompkins’ latest addition to the RCA’s Battersea campus is an “art factory” where the production facilities take centre stage.

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Friday, 13 April 2012 16:23

Milan 2012 Preview

Here is Icon’s preview to the biggest design event of the year, Milan Design Week 2012. We take a look at Tom Dixon's ambitious venue MOST, the launch of a new brand by Renato Preti, and the rest of the city’s must-see events.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:05

BarberOsgerby: Design Olympians

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the designers of the 2012 Olympic torch, are the UK’s best-known design duo. The self-described “masochists” explain how they design simple things that turn out to be fiendishly difficult to make.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 15:52

Folding Boat

Two design graduates are challenging the status of the rubber dingy with a boat that can be built in two minutes from a single sheet of plastic.

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Friday, 30 September 2011 14:24

Point of Departure Part 1

It’s a tough time to leave university. But in the face of debt, an uncertain economy and fierce competition for work, these 15 design graduates have, between them, amassed an outstanding collection of innovative and diverse projects.

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Celebrated curator Libby Sellers is about to open her first permanent gallery in central London.

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Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:00

Revital Cohen's scientific design

“Some people get really picky over the details,” Revital Cohen giggles. “One woman asked me: ‘What if you get up at night to go to the toilet? You’ll trip over the sheep and you’ll fall.’”

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Wednesday, 14 July 2010 11:51

Milan Furniture Fair: Ventura Lambrate

Lambrate – a former industrial district on the outskirts of town – scooped-up the design scene’s young talent this year.

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Thursday, 08 July 2010 07:00

Jon Harrison: Dual Purpose

Jon Harrison takes everyday objects and tweaks them to be more useful. It’s a clever second look at the life of mass-manufactured products.

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Thursday, 08 July 2010 06:18

The Milan Furniture Fair Part 1

The Milan Furniture Fair promises to be as vibrant as ever, although the recession is still likely to loom large.

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Monday, 29 March 2010 08:04

Sugru

Sugru is a new silicone adhesive that has been developed to let people repair and adapt their stuff.

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Wednesday, 01 July 2009 00:00

RCA student radically improves the UK plug

The show-stopper at this year’s Royal College of Art graduate show was a plug. About time someone tackled the UK’s clunky electrics.

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