Monday, 10 June 2013 18:01

Babeldom

Paul Bush’s film about a city that rises endlessly into the future is visually ingenious, but too beautiful to be dystopian, says Fatema Ahmed.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 10:46

The pound coin

This 9.5g disc of brass and nickel has proved reassuringly durable, surviving counterfeiting, inflation and the wrath of the Daily Mail to reach its 30th anniversary this year.

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:09

The Shard by Renzo Piano

London’s newest attraction – the 244m-high viewing platform of Renzo Piano’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building – opened to the public in February. Is it worth climbing up this very tall building just to look back down to where you came from? And are buildings like these more about the view than the architecture?

Published in Features

Haworth Tompkins’ latest addition to the RCA’s Battersea campus is an “art factory” where the production facilities take centre stage.

Published in News

The sight of 204 copper torches rising to form one vast bowl of flame was an extraordinary finale to the London 2012 opening ceremony. It was also one of the highlights of an extraordinary 12 months for designer Thomas Heatherwick – who is also the winner of Icon of the year, an award decided by public vote.

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Few designers get to watch their work being ceremonially paraded up and down the country, but that’s how Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby spent the summer of 2012. The question is, after the “whirlwind” of the Olympic torch, what will they do next?

Published in Features
Monday, 08 October 2012 10:02

Troika: experimenting with light

Troika's experiments with light offer intriguing narratives on everything from truth in digital photography to the British weather. This month, the London-based trio will design a project room for Biennale Interieur (20-28 October) that imagines the future of living spaces.

Published in News
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 17:04

A Room for London: David Kohn's Ark

David Kohn, known for his pop-up restaurant at the Royal Academy and his Skyroom on the roof of the Architecture Foundation, has beached a boat on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Why?

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 March 2012 15:51

Savage Messiah by Laura Oldfield Ford

Ford rails against the annihilation of our public spaces and the erosion of civic resistance, leaving us with little hope, says Chris Hall.

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 March 2012 12:30

Six of the Best: Deyan Sudjic

What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 March 2012 12:09

Six of the Best: Edwin Heathcote

What were the cultural highlights of 2011? Icon asks nine international critics, curators and experts to select their half-dozen stand-out moments in architecture, design and art.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:32

Urbanized

The end of Hustwit’s Design Trilogy asks where cities are headed but leaves us to think about the answers, says Fatema Ahmed.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:17

Postmodernism

A rollercoaster ride through three decades of cynicism exposes the crassness of an era best left behind, says William Wiles.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 10:46

OMA/Progress

A chaotic displays help Rem Koolhaas avoid sentimental retrospection, says Edwin Heathcote.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 17:05

BarberOsgerby: Design Olympians

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the designers of the 2012 Olympic torch, are the UK’s best-known design duo. The self-described “masochists” explain how they design simple things that turn out to be fiendishly difficult to make.

Published in Features
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 09:27

Ghost Milk

Iain Sinclair’s relentless pessimism about the London Olympics fails to depress Chris Hall.

Published in Review
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 14:45

Battersea Power Station

Solitary, decaying and useless, London’s favourite derelict building stands proud and aloof amid legal wranglings, property speculation and the soulless transformation of its surroundings. For the “Ruins” issue, we made Battersea Power Station our Icon of the Month.

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:52

Studio Glithero

This London duo’s fixation with the art of creation is challenging the notion that product designers should focus on the end result.

Published in News
Friday, 30 September 2011 15:13

Point of Departure Part 3

It’s a tough time to leave university. But in the face of debt, an uncertain economy and fierce competition for work, these 15 design graduates have, between them, amassed an outstanding collection of innovative and diverse projects.

Published in Features
Friday, 30 September 2011 14:53

Point of Departure Part 2

It’s a tough time to leave university. But in the face of debt, an uncertain economy and fierce competition for work, these 15 design graduates have, between them, amassed an outstanding collection of innovative and diverse projects.

Published in Features
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