Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:09

The Shard by Renzo Piano

London’s newest attraction – the 244m-high viewing platform of Renzo Piano’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building – opened to the public in February. Is it worth climbing up this very tall building just to look back down to where you came from? And are buildings like these more about the view than the architecture?

Published in Features
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 16:47

The birth certificate

IWANT design takes a look at the single most important piece of paper in your life. This rethink aims to make the birth certificate worth treasuring: a multi-format document that records your first moments forever.

Published in Rethink
Monday, 25 March 2013 17:24

We Can Be Heroes

Agata Pyzik looks at an insider view of the New Romantics and at the role of glamour in an age of austerity.

Published in Review
Monday, 25 March 2013 16:57

Elqui Domos: Astronomical Hotel in Chile

Santiago-based firm RDM Arquitectura has scattered a handful of cabins along the edge of an Andean valley to take advantage of views on two sides.

Published in News
Monday, 25 March 2013 16:23

Daniel Rybakken Lighting

The Norwegian designer is the first non-Swede to have designed the bar at Stockholm Furniture Fair; it's the culmination of four years’ work to combine the abstract and concrete in lighting.

Published in News
Monday, 25 March 2013 15:08

Pixel prophet: MVRDV's Winy Maas

Winy Maas, a founder of Dutch firm MVRDV, believes in the kind of high-density urban living only skyscrapers can provide. He talks to Icon about his love of ”intensity architecture” and explains how the pixel will help architects reconcile individuals to collective living

Published in Features
Monday, 25 March 2013 12:57

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

The Zaha Hadid-designed art museum in the American Midwest aims to unite Michigan State university with the town around it.

Published in News
Monday, 25 March 2013 12:45

Shivering bowls by Nendo

Nendo’s response to a recent exhibition about sex and design is a series of delicate bowls, which are meant to be touched.

Published in News
Friday, 22 March 2013 10:21

Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura

Hiroshi Nakamura has harnessed nature and light to create a house in downtown Hiroshima that stands apart from its hectic surroundings.

Published in News
Thursday, 21 March 2013 16:50

Adrian Smith: the world's tallest buildings

Adrian Smith made his name as a creator of giants: he is the architect responsible for several of the tallest buildings in the world, including Dubai’s 828m Burj Khalifa, and is designing several more. So, what do you do next if you know the sky is the limit?

Published in Features

Inspired by the mechanics of a guitar, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have designed a minimalist curtain system they say a child could install.

Published in News
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 12:21

Dolly the sheep

On the tenth anniversary of her death, we remember Dolly, the first animal cloned from an adult cell. A lone sheep, she paved the way to advances in biotechnology and shed light on the nature of being

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 12 March 2013 10:14

Jules Wabbes: Belgian Furniture Designer

Bulo has reissued coveted items from the mid-century Belgian designer’s furniture collection after a revival of interest in his work.

Published in News
Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00


What does the role of cars in film tell us about the grip the automobile has on our imagination? Debika Ray sifts through the film clips

Published in Review
Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00

London Bridge in America

The fantastical, but true, tale of a bridge's journey across the Atlantic reminds us of the strength of symbolism, says Charles Holland

Published in Review
Monday, 25 February 2013 10:56

Festspielhaus in Erl by DMAA

Delugan Meissl Architects has completed a striking, angular concert hall in the Austrian Alps that contains the world’s largest orchestra pit.

Published in News
Monday, 18 February 2013 10:17

OS and OOS: Dutch-Canadian design duo

This Eindhoven-based design duo’s musings on the sun have yielded a series of mesmerising lights that mimic celestial movements.

Published in News