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Icon 112: Manufacturing
As London Design Festival approaches, Icon goes behind the scenes to visit the factories where the slick products on display are prototyped and manufactured. In this issue we travelled all over Europe to see the places and meet the people responsible for these complicated and fascinating processes.
We visit the Baccarat factory near Paris with Jaime Hayon, to see the Spanish designer working with French glassmasters to design crystal for the 21st century; we speak to Dutch cover stars, Scholten and Baijings, who have collaborated with car manufacturer MINI; in the south of France a trip to an organic LED factory reveals the technology that has excited Flos and Philippe Starck; we travel to Inverigo in northern Italy where most of the local population works for Milanese furniture company Poliform; and Icon visits the headquarters of Ikea and the Swedish factory that makes the world’s most popular bookcase.
Up front there’s Thomas Heatherwick’s Olympic Cauldron, Richard Meier’s Shenzhen Clubhouse, Troika’s forecast for yesterday’s weather, and Herzog & de Meuron opening up Tate Modern’s Tanks. There’s also furniture made from recycled leather, a concrete cultural centre in Japan, our pick of the UK’s design graduates, and James Turrell’s colour-shifting pavilion in Texas.
Ahead of the relaunched 100% design at Earls Court in London (19-22 September), Icon talks to Paul Cocksedge who has designed an “invisible” auditorium and to Tomoko Azumi who will launching her Verso chair for MARK. We also meet three young companies exhibiting for the first time at the show and Hugh Leader-Williams, winner of the New Designers 100% Design Award.
Icon has also launched its inaugural awards celebrating the best in architecture and design. There will be ten categories covering all aspects of the industry – from high-profile buildings to emerging talent, from interiors to technology. The winners will be announced in January and in this issue Icon introduces London-based designer Phil Cuttance, who has been commissioned to design the award.
And in Review, we scrutinise a show devoted to Britain’s national treasure – James Bond. We also look at a century of designing for children at MoMA, Owen Hatherley’s bracing tour of British cities, and the history of human enhancement at the Wellcome Collection. And Edwin Heathcote reads Writing about Architecture by Alexandra Lange.
Plus: free with every issue is the Icon Design Trail – our guide to the highlights of London Design Festival, complete with all the information (locations, times, maps) you need to see the best the festival has to offer.