Friday, 02 August 2013 12:22

Capital Punishment: London on film

The London that rose up in the 1960s and 70s proved inherently cinematic, luring film-makers such as Kubrick and Truffaut to its new offices and housing estates. But their dystopian visions were to create an indelible link in the public imagination between modernism and failure

Published in Features
Monday, 29 July 2013 15:50

The green screen

Cinema has come a long way since an actor first sat in front of a coloured screen and pretended to fly a magic carpet. But today’s hyper-real digital worlds still start with a lurid green wall.

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 13:00

Collectors: Paul Smith

Since the launch of his first store in 1970, Paul Smith has mixed his fashion designs with the collection of curiosities that inspire them. He refers to this ever expanding hoard, which overflows his disorderly office and fills storage facilities, as The Department of Silly.

Published in Features
Friday, 28 June 2013 14:30

Collectors: Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers has always urged people to consider the dialogue between structures in a cityscape, rather than just individual buildings – an interest that can be traced back to his mother’s arrangements of ceramic pots that occupy a central space in his home

Published in Features
Monday, 24 June 2013 18:14

Collectors: Peter Marigold

The London-based designer is fascinated by imperfections in everyday objects – the “runts of production”. It is only when things go wrong, he says, that we can appreciate how things are made.

Published in Features

The architect’s esoteric collection of objects plays past against present, with ancient Greek pots alongside Sex Pistols magazines. It is a theme she explores in many of her buildings, from Selfridges Birmingham (Icon’s first cover) to the new V&A courtyard

Published in Features
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.

Published in Features

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
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