On the occasion of our 150th issue, we have totally rethought the content and design of the magazine. The new Icon is all about the objects and architecture of everyday life – whether innovative tech and fashion, or cities pushing up beautiful skylines. Take a look inside...
For our 150th issue, available now, Icon has turned over a new leaf. We may be 12 years old, but the content is all new, and the design is too. Written for the design-savvy, the new Icon is all about the objects and architecture of everyday life – whether innovative tech and fashion, the most exciting cityscapes, restaurants and hotels, or the neighbourhoods with the most intriguing design scenes. With content divided into three sections – Lifestyle, Architecture and Objects – it’s pacier and more wide-reaching – ready to read lounging on the sofa at the weekend, on the plane for a long haul, or on the train into work.
Icon distils the very best and most interesting places, people and things, as well as revisiting key projects and personalities that have shaped the industry. In amongst this, we’re keeping hold of our top-shelf contributors with solid, thoughtful critiques on the latest works, reports from major events (and the stories of the emerging talent we find there), as well as incisive commentary.
In this issue – our 150th – we find some fresh design talent from Slovenia and Bosnia, explore two new hotels in upstate New York worth a pit stop (or more), and ask if architecture can be a catalyst for change in Albania. We even head to Gifu in Japan to meet the makers of Barber & Osgerby’s Hotaru pendant lamps – a 124-year-old, sixth generation paper-lantern business that is only now undertaking its very first international collaboration. We also meet Moon Hoon, the rather wacky South Korean architect, who tells us why we need a few boring buildings in our lives too. Plus we catch up with Sean Yashar, Design Agent (in LA, of course).
David Michon, editor
IN THIS ISSUE
Kit A brief look at the latest in covetable design, in which we survey everything from watches and fashion to luggage and tech
Home Good design from the domestic world: rugs, door handles, lampshades and chairs
Transport The latest pedal-powered two-wheelers and Paris’s efficient and expanding rail network that boasts some big-name architecture
Destination Hopping from a sauna in Sweden to a restaurant in Canada, and from two hotels in upstate New York to the current “it” neighbourhood of Amsterdam’s design scene
Icon Taking another look at Birmingham’s Bull Ring, which graced the cover of Icon’s inaugural issue
Atelier Albania The Adriatic country is trying to use beautiful urban space and good buildings to improve life (and get into the EU)
Looking back We ask key figures in British design to reflect on changes since Icon’s launch in 2003
Residential Marcio Kogan takes lessons from Japan in refining vertical living for Brazil’s largest city
Retail Feit footwear enlists installation artist Jordana Maisie to design its New York store
Public The regeneration of Medellin continues with an 51-1 Arquitectos-designed art museum expansion
Office A cycle-in office designed by Studio RHE provides a melting pot for creatives and bankers
Q&A The South Korean architect Moon Hoon talks about the importance of fantasy in his designs
Icon How the floppy is still very much a part of our lives
Toy story Slovakian designers are doing their part to reboot the country’s vanished toy industry
Lighting A visit to Ozeki’s lantern factory in Gifu, the makers of Barber & Osgerby’s Hotaru lamps
Kitchen Alvar Aalto’s tea trolley reimagined by Hella Jongerius
Bathroom Designer toothbrushes and unusual pots to put them in
Furniture Emeco recycled before it was cool
Q&A Sean Yashar on what it means to be a Design Agent
Ideas Making sense of senses
Rethink IKEA’s logo gets a makeover by Daniel Freytag
Obsession Why we love ridiculous phone cases
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