Friday, 30 September 2011 14:24

Point of Departure Part 1

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

Celebrated curator Libby Sellers is about to open her first permanent gallery in central London.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 15:15

BERG's smart technology

Design practice BERG has adopted science fiction authors William Gibson, Bruce Sterling and Warren Ellis as its “giant uncles”, but it is less interested in the distant future than in today’s ever smarter technology. The really hard task, they say, is “inventing next year”.

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 15:07

Playboy Club

Jestico and Whiles’ design for the Mayfair club flirts with 1960s nostalgia to reinterpret Hugh Hefner’s vision of a louche bachelor heaven.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:47

Lee Broom

While not all of the items on this list feature for purely aesthetic reasons, these are the things I encounter every day and simply can’t do without.

Published in Five Most Wanted
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:21

Pablo Bronstein

Charles Holland finds the ICA transformed into a Regency grand salon for an exhibition that explores the links between two ages of pastiche and populism.

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 11:23

Clerkenwell Highlights Part II

Designers have found inspiration in everything from knitting needles to Japanese rock gardens for the pick of this year’s exhibits.

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Friday, 19 August 2011 11:05

Clerkenwell Highlights Part I

Designers have found inspiration in everything from knitting needles to Japanese rock gardens for the pick of this year’s exhibits.

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The responses of young designers to world events ranged from hand-made radiation detectors to seesaw-powered washing machines.

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Friday, 19 August 2011 10:50

Clerkenwell Design Week 2011

The design festival made quite an impression (literally, in the case of Lulu Guinness’s Pin Art Machine) in this, its second year, with more than 150 events, an impressive array of exhibitors and a Victorian prison teeming with emerging designers.

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Thursday, 18 August 2011 16:17

London towers

London has two new skyscrapers: the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City, and the Shard, the tallest building in the EU. We took sculptor Richard Wentworth to appraise them as additions to the street scene – and peek at OMA’s super-discreet bank HQ along the way.

Published in Features
Thursday, 18 August 2011 09:33


Dirt is both a fetish and a pressing social problem in this exploration of filth in all its forms.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 14:19

London Fashion Week

As the internet allows the general public a front-row view of catwalk shows, labels are seeking ever more exclusive venues.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 16 August 2011 11:15

Profile: Philippe Malouin

The simplicity of Philippe Malouin’s work is misleading. What really excites the London-based furniture designer is a tricky brief and the experimentation that eventually reveals a new way of doing things.

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Zaha Hadid Architects opens its first school – a zigzagging bridge of glass, concrete and steel. It’s a slice of shining 
Hadid swagger for a deprived part of south London.

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Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Rediscovered Utopias

A defence of British suburbia celebrates the very traits most would rail against – homogeneity and the mundane

Published in Review
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:53

Finsbury Health Centre

The Grade I-listed Finsbury Health Centre (1938) in Clerkenwell, London, is a revolutionary building designed by the Russian émigré architect Berthold Lubetkin and his Tecton practice.

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 04 August 2011 10:51

AOC samples London

All architects take cues from the city around them, but the way that AOC samples London is different.

Published in Features
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:05

The Westway

The Westway, which opened in July 1970, is a botched modernist operation, as if part of Los Angeles’ freeway system has been grafted on to bypass west London’s coagulated arteries 
– only for London’s weakly pumping heart to reject it.

Published in Icon of the Month
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 08:08

LDF: Tuur van Balen's Pigeon D’Or

Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen exhibited together during the London Design Festival in a show called Further Instructions. Here we have a look at van Balen’s contribution.

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