Too often, vibrators are designed from a male perspective, but a Czech designer has taken a less flashy, less phallic approach on her collection, Whoop-de-doo, which launches later this month
An exhibition in Washington documents the freeing influence of landscape designers Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden on the carefully-manicured gardens of the US in the mid to late 20th century, but it fails on occasion to capture the exuberant spirit of their work, says Nate Schulman
The British designer froze metal to –346 degrees while living in a Liverpool factory to produce a collection of tactile, weighty furniture, on display in an exhibition in New York. Caia Hagel went to the show’s opening
From “artisanal” and “timeless” to, erm, "iconic", these words are the most slippery and overused in the design industry. Of course, we haven’t used any of them in our latest issue ...
The annual publishing conference highlighted the increasingly blurred boundaries between different mediums and initiatives within a magazine brand, says Anja Wohlstrom
Serious money is moving into the city’s old shipyards, now one of Europe’s most vibrant creative quarters. For ICON 150, Enya Moore went to find out whether the area's rapid transformations means the designers will eventually be moving out. These photos, by Raoul Kramer, accompany the article
The absence of a “Bond Villain’s Lair” aesthetic in Spectre, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, reveals the disconcerting state of London's corporate architecture, says Edwin Heathcore.
Over-indulging on food has always been a symbol of wealth and status. But today, it’s not the produce that counts – it’s the packaging
Businesswomen, kings and medieval Asian warriors have all understood the symbolic power of heeled footwear. And its impracticality only seems to add to its allure
Rem Koolhaas mixes preservation and provocation in Moscow, turning a Soviet-era workers’ canteen into a contemporary art space, says Edwin Heathcote
While there has long been a vast archive of critical writing about architecture, design in general has been somewhat neglected – until now. Icon contributor Edwin Heathcote explains his latest project
“Futuristic” novelty workplaces, far-too-smartphones, greenwashed office developments, anthropomorphic corkscrews ... These are all, frankly, abominations and we shall smite you down
A show in Copenhagen examines why Danish architects and designers have drawn so much inspiration from a country on the other side of the globe, says Mille Collin Flaherty
A mirror’s function has always been to provide an accurate likeness. So why are recent designs more interested in playing with the viewer’s sense of identity?
While John Pawson’s contribution is a thing of beauty, the wider festival focuses more on the everyday impact of design
“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life
Brooklyn-based industrial designer Syrette Lew explores the intersections between contrasting styles and periods. In her latest collection, Hollywood Regency meets ancient Rome
From lightbulbs and chairs to flags and bedclothes, this show traces artists’ engagement with everyday objects that might have been disregarded, says Laura McLean-Ferris
The Finnish architect, ceramicist and glasswork designer explains how working with buildings informs her creative process on a smaller scale