A mirror’s function has always been to provide an accurate likeness. So why are recent designs more interested in playing with the viewer’s sense of identity?
A new generation of Polish designers is rejecting the cool minimalism that characterised the post-1989 years and showing a renewed interest in vernacular and traditional crafts. Their textiles and ceramics are defined by colour, decoration and an ability to “think through patterns”
This month we’re celebrating the second Icon Awards, our prize for the best international architecture, design, technology and culture of the past year. In this special issue we present interviews with each of the winners, and with Margaret Calvert, our Icon of the Year.