How architecture embraced performativity over functionality and blurred the boundaries between design and production

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We celebrate the the centenary of the design school with a look at the lesser known impact it had globally, its influence in Israel and its surprising relationship with Expressionism. Plus: our reviews of the Shed and the Design Museum's Kubrick exhibition

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Spikes were once reactionary, but it is increasingly apparent that developers are defining earlier who they want to include and who they do not

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This month's issue looks at the social impact of design and how much we value it

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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 16:37

Icon 191: Materials, Nature and Design

In this month's issue we find out about exciting new bio materials, buildings that breathe and the artist giving light a physical form

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 09:46

Icon 190: Architecture, Memory and Identity

With the opening of David Adjaye's exhibition on Making Memory at the Design Museum, we explore the role of architecture in remembrance, discuss the power of memorials and look at how virtual reality is shaping identities. Plus: interviews with High Line architect Elizabeth Diller and designer Grace Wales Bonner.

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 12:34

The major flaw in the EpiPen's design

The design of the auto-injector is ingenious but exposes the ruthlessness of big pharma

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Monday, 15 October 2018 10:19

Gyratory systems

The inner city roundabout never made sense. It’s no surprise that it has reached the end of the road

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 14:48

The tiny home illusion

Like cute puppies, micro-living taps into our innate fascination for the miniature, and strangely tends to appeal to those who can afford something bigger

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Monday, 20 August 2018 10:23

Crimes against design: Holiday souvenirs

Surely there’s a better way of holding on to cherished memories than through the medium of tat?

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These futile exercises in preserving the past are just fig leaves to cover contemporary architecture’s shame

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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:43

The lanyard: tedious and wasteful

A mainstay of any (and seemingly every) trade show, the single-use badges are not only tedious but a waste of plastic

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 14:26

Crimes Against Design: Watches

Einstein's belief that time is an illusion is constantly challenged by an industry that exalts in clunking excess

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No matter how often hotels update their image, their baggage system remains weirdly stuck in the 1970s, writes Edwin Heathcote

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Weighed down by student debt and living costs, millennials now have another burden to carry: the Deliveroo backpack

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Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

The German car industry

Germany once ruled the auto industry, but all that’s left today are nods to history, macho fascias, broad haunches, sagging sides – and cheating on emissions tests, says John Jervis

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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

The miniature chair

The modernist dream has gone badly awry when the only way to make good design “affordable” is to render it entirely pointless

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Monday, 15 June 2015 00:00

The puffa jacket

From UK high streets to the playgrounds of the international jet set, why does everyone want to get trussed up like a DayGlo Michelin Man, asks John Jervis?

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Thursday, 15 May 2014 16:08

Virgin Trains

Passengers sensitive to the mindless abuse of Madchester-era colour schemes may wish to seek alternative means of transport

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014 12:00

The construction hoarding

Days of thought may lie behind every word and image on construction hoardings, but this only serves to disguise the inaccessibility of so many of the buildings they are covering

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