“I don’t feel any great loyalty to the west,” says Michael Young, rubbing his hand through his hair so it sticks up in the air.

“I am a colour girl. I’m not a black-dressed designer. I’m not like that at all."

The Proust armchair now stands as a totem of the kind of ironic design that has been so prevalent since the Dutch school of the 1990s.

It's appropriate that Anglomania should be held in New York, a city that remains a hotbed of inexplicably romantic notions of London.

Flatpack furniture is 50 years old. Also known as RTA (ready to assemble), it was invented in 1956 by Swedish draughtsman and designer Gillis Lundgren.
The "siamese towers" are actually just one building, designed by the young Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena for the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago.
Deyan Sudjic has the most impressive CV of any design critic – founding editor of Blueprint magazine, former editor of Domus and director of the 2002 Venice architecture biennale are just a few of his achievements.
Belgrade is off the map. Neither Rough Guides nor Lonely Planet publish a guide to Serbia, let alone its capital.

Once, heavy industry was hidden in the poorest suburbs of cities, downwind and out of sight of those who made money from it. Then the modernists came along and told us factories were beautiful, initiating an industrial aesthetic.

Spots is the latest project by architecture office Realities United, on Potsdamer Platz in its home city of Berlin.

I admire Alain de Botton for writing this book because it’s the kind that most writers would be too frightened to write. Frightened, that is, that it might turn out like this one.