New issue – Icon 152: Ones to watch 08.01.16

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Fresh from ringing in the new year, we’re looking ahead to what lies in store for 2016, presenting fresh faces making a mark on design and architecture, as well as established names who seem to be hitting new highs

Fresh from ringing in the new year, we’re looking ahead to what lies in store for 2016. For us, “ones to watch” doesn’t simply mean emerging talent – though fresh faces are here, we’re also keeping an eye on established names who seem to be hitting new highs.

In London, a city – like so many others – in the midst of a housing crisis, Bell Phillips Architects brings quality of life and sensitivity to affordable housing. In Rio, architect Ignasi Riera is the toast of the town, with his contributions to Olympic preparations. And, in Calgary, mayor Naheed Nenshi continues to push a thoughtful, well-designed built environment, including a new Central Library designed by Icon favourite, Snøhetta.

In the design world, we’re seeing a reinvigoration of typography. We profile Sandrine Nugue, a young Paris-based type designer who’s just started her career but is already educating the next generation. We also head to Johannesburg, where the city is moving to continue its rise in design, mixing successful trade fairs with design-led retail. And we catch-up with a London design it-boy, Sebastian Cox, on his exciting 2016 collaborations.

But there are even more names and ideas to be discovered, as we traverse the globe and look at those who will help shape the year to come. And a special mention and thank-you to Sandrine, whose Infini Bold and Infini Picto fonts grace the pages of our Ones to Watch features.




David Michon



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In Rio, architect Ignasi Riera is the toast of the town, with his contributions to Olympic preparations

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Kit Fashion inspired by the architecture of Gehry,
tasteful wooden watches, retro backpacks with modern
appeal, accessories made from horn, an up-and-coming clothing brand from Madrid and 3D-printed eyewear we’d wear

Home A line of homeware from Turner Prize-winning activist architects, a range of traditionally-inspired Korean tableware, and a Polish maker of customisable furniture

Transport Rem Koolhaas about the future of urban mobility, 3D-printed cars and the bittersweet tale of Dutch high-speed rail, a country on the brink of becoming a
nation of stations

Destination A concrete concert hall in Bavaria, whiskey tasting in Portland, a pasticceria in Milan and Tokyo’s buzzing Bakurocho neighbourhood


Ones to watch The movers and shakers of architecture and city-planning who will shape our spaces in 2016

Residential The dystopian and photogenic (and clearly very filmic) architecture of Ricardo Bofill

Retail Acne expands with a series of supremely steely stores in New York, Seoul and Berlin

Office OMA plays with pixels in Rotterdam’s newest municipal office, blending new and old

Public New Zealand’s shiny new art gallery by Patterson Associates literally but not figuratively reflects the city around it

Icon North Korea’s very own white elephant, the Ryugyong Hotel (of Doom), is critiqued by Oliver Wainwright

Q&A Stefano Boeri on future vertical forests and his
newfound success


Ones to watch Designers and influencers on their way to making a mark this year

Lighting Davide Groppi looks back to the days of Carravaggio

Furniture German manufacturer Walter Knoll’s 20-year comeback

Kitchens Service with style from tray maker Kaymet

Bathrooms The amazing technicolour world of
shower curtains

Icon Mart Stam’s S33 cantilevered chair turns 90

Q&A Maison & Objet’s 2016 designer and “dreamer” of the year, Eugeni Quitllet

Ideas Design forecasters gaze into their crystal balls

Rethink Adele’s latest album is in need of a new cover

Obsession Saharan mats


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