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Obsession: The scarf

High fashion might represent the ultimate luxury for some of us, but the endless possibilities offered by an unstitched length of fabric is far more liberating, writes Debika Ray

Published in Comment
Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

Doughnut: The Outer London Festival

A day-long discussion about the city’s peripheries highlighted the complexity of an area often perceived as bland and uniform, says Debika Ray

Published in Review
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Making Africa

By avoiding “African issues”, Vitra’s pair of exhibitions present a far more compelling portrait of a multi-faceted, multi-vocal continent, writes Debika Ray

Published in Review
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

A laboratory for Mexico City

In Mexico City, Gabriella Gomez-Mont’s team is reimagining the megalopolis, with the help of video-game developers, robot designers and the city’s many informal communities. Icon met her at the Future Everything conference in Manchester

Published in News

A nomination for the Mies van der Rohe prize is the latest in a string of accolades for the Irish practice's LSE student centre in London. As the shortlist was announced last week, Icon met them to discuss their determined focus on context and consultation

Published in Features
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

Urbanistas

In the lead up to International Women's Day, work by five female architects who are transforming cities in the UK and elsewhere goes on display tomorrow at the Roca London gallery

Published in News
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

Conflict, Time, Photography

An exhibition at Tate Modern reveals the horrors of war through its impact on the built and natural environment and objects, rather than on people

Published in GALLERY
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 14:26

Portable Eye Examination Kit (Peek)

Until now, doctors have been losing the battle against preventable blindness in the world's most remote regions. By putting diagnosis in the hands of the community, the Peek smartphone system is set to be a major breakthrough

Published in Features
Friday, 13 February 2015 11:16

Preview: Arctic Design Week

The world's northern-most design festival will this year focus on devising solutions to the challenges of life in extreme conditions, says the event's organiser Päivi Tahkokallio – and the lessons learned may one day be important to us all

Published in News

Designers of mega-projects in Abu Dhabi should use their influence to push for better conditions for migrant workers, Human Rights Watch says to Icon as it reveals continuing exploitation on luxury Saadiyat Island development

Published in News
Monday, 09 February 2015 17:24

James Bridle’s Seamless Transitions

The artist and technologist's latest work is a digital tour of the secret spaces that make up the British asylum and immigration system

Published in News
Monday, 09 February 2015 11:59

Light Forest

At IMM Cologne this month, &Tradition and Dutch design studio Ontwerpduo showed off a lighting system inspired by climbing plants

Published in News
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 14:24

Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

The French designers discuss their work and inspiration at RSHP's Leadenhall Building in London

Published in Video
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 11:22

Kaari by the Bouroullecs

A steel triangle is the common element in the designers' set of furniture for Finnish brand Artek, launched this week in Stockholm. Read about the collection and watch our video interview with the French brothers

Published in News
Monday, 02 February 2015 10:13

Ones to Watch

Design Council names 70 designers that will shape the sector's future

Published in News
Friday, 30 January 2015 00:00

Doshi Levien

The design duo's Almora chair won an award at IMM Cologne last week. Next week in Stockholm, they will reveal a new version of their Uchiwa chair. We spoke to Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien about their approach to design

Published in News
Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:54

Staging Disorder

An exhibition of photography depicts the eerie, artificial towns used to train the police and military for conflict

Published in GALLERY
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 15:10

Chudy and Grase

In advance of their appearance at Stockholm Furniture Fair next week, the Copenhagen-based design duo told us about their latest collection: Strike, a series of lights that eliminate the need for a shade

Published in News
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:53

Gentrifying Congo

Artist Renzo Martens is attempting to recreate the economic effects of the commercial art market in cities such as London and New York on a plantation in central Africa

Published in Features
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 00:00

Belgrade Design Week

After nine years, one of Europe's quirkiest design festivals turns its attention to Serbia's local creative talent. Debika Ray was there

Published in Review
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