Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

Anything but complacent

Icon 149 looks at Essex’s modernist tradition, but in its approach to housing the borough has proved its radical credentials since the early 20th century, says Gillian Darley

Published in Features
Monday, 19 October 2015 00:00

Praça Tiradentes, Rio de Janeiro

As next year’s Olympics sends Rio into a frenzy of regeneration and rocketing rents, a small district in the east of the city is emerging as a haven for young designers. Saul Taylor visited the neighbourhood for our latest issue. Here are André Vieira's photographs that accompany the article

Published in News
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

Bestor’s Blackbirds, Los Angeles

In LA’s Echo Park, architect Barbara Bestor has created a micro neighbourhood of 18 compact family homes clustered around a communal space, which could provide a new model for living in the increasingly congested West Coast city. But is suburban America ready to share? 

Published in News
Friday, 09 October 2015 01:00

The lasting appeal of modernist Essex

In our latest issue, Home, Charles Holland took a trip down memory lane to rediscover a series of modernist gems in villages around Essex. We asked Catherine Hyland to take some photographs to accompany the article – see them here and follow @iconeye on Instagram for more

Published in News
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Mirrors: Surface tension

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?

Published in Features
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“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

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 30 September 2015 00:00

Review: London Design Festival

The Icon team was out and about at our home town’s biggest design event last week. Here is some of our coverage of the event

Published in Comment