In a city with a taste for the spectacular, and in an era when galleries use architecture to lure billionaire patrons, this design is magnificently understated

Published in Features

The Paris-based architect talks to Icon's Peter Smisek about doing more with less in the French banlieues

Published in Features
Tuesday, 05 July 2016 00:46

Entrepôt Macdonald

Under OMA’s masterplan, 15 star architects have reinvented Paris’s longest building as a gargantuan groundscraper – a new city district behind a riot of competing facades

Published in Features
Friday, 08 January 2016 00:00

Comfort Zones

An unconventional procurement and curatorial process by France's centre for contemporary art has resulted in an exhibition that critiques material culture by juxtaposing related objects, says Peter Maxwell

Published in Review
Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

Lyon: Everything is illuminated

Few cities take public lighting as seriously as Lyon. For France’s second city, it is not just a matter of safety, or even aesthetics. It plays a fundamental role in citizens’ quality of life. Michel Djaoui photographed the city at night for our latest issue

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The Swiss architect's latest stadium brings classical gentility to the world of football, but is still robust enough to withstand 42,000 fans

Published in Features
Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

Inga Sempé: No art, no stories

Inga Sempé is not an artist. She does not want her works to be preserved in a museum, and dislikes the idea of a design with a narrative. She is interested only in creating products that people will use – objects of everyday luxury, says Crystal Bennes

Published in Features
Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:00

Bernard Tschumi's Paris zoo

The venerable Parc Zoologique de Paris has been redeveloped to provide larger, more natural habitats for its 1,000 residents. But architects Bernard Tschumi and Jacqueline Osty's design also revels in the mechanics and theatre of these fake wilds

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Coop Himmelb(l)au has landed an immense structure of angular steel and crystalline glass at the gateway to Lyon

Published in News
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Maria Jeglinska

Often inspired by line drawings, the French-born designer's works have established her as a leading light of Warsaw's emerging design scene

Published in Features
Thursday, 19 March 2015 13:17

No Randomness

An exhibition at the St Etienne Biennale provided an insight into the hidden design within everyday objects and the implications of taking standardisation to the extreme

Published in News
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:55

Frank Gehry’s Louis Vuitton Foundation

The meeting of two creators of luxury objects in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris has resulted in a suitably extravagant, and sometimes exquisite, art gallery

Published in Features
Friday, 16 January 2015 17:54

Jean Nouvel’s Philharmonie de Paris

€390m concert hall opens, two years late and three times over budget, amid bitterness and controversy as architect boycotts inauguration

Published in GALLERY

Here are the shortlisted projects for the category, sponsored by KI, that was last year won by Praça das Artes by Brasil Arquitetura

Published in News
Monday, 22 September 2014 13:40

Highlights: Maison et Objet

Icon noticed a focus on the handmade and the humorous at the interior design trade show in Paris earlier this month. Here are some products that stood out.

Published in News
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 14:43

Chasing Time

Olympic Museum, Lausanne
5 June 2014 – 18 January 2015

Published in Diary

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Until 13 July 2014

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014 10:09

Bernard Tschumi

Pompidou Centre, Paris
Until 28 July 2014

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas’s aluminium-clad store for 180km of state papers is inevitably imposing, but manages to retain a human scale.

Published in News
Friday, 21 June 2013 17:49

Concrete by Matali Crasset

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.

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