Curator Marie Bak Mortensen discusses the two proposals for the Mansion House site in the City of London, and what the designs revealed about the architectural climate of their times

Published in News

Owen Hopkins provides a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture, says John Jervis

Published in Review

The ‘Kagan look’ took mid-century modern design and added organic forms, a sense of joy – and even comfort. No wonder he is so often overlooked, says John Jervis

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 17 February 2017 00:35

MoMA exhibition review: How Should We Live?

Women designers have been all but written out of the history of modernism, but now an ambitious show at MoMA aims to set the record straight. Claire Barliant finds out if it succeeds

Published in Review
Friday, 21 October 2016 11:28

Music and modernity

Punk was not invented on the King’s Road. Its true significance is as part of the wider 20th-century artistic avant-garde – which continues to shape music, architecture and design to this day

Published in Features
Friday, 24 June 2016 00:31

#BRUTALISM

The brute is back – on television, on social media, in coffee-table books, even in new buildings. But can we ever recapture the movement’s original spirit, asks Douglas Murphy?

Published in Features
Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:47

Icon 157: Pop modernism

Available now, our latest issue explores the urban environments that spawned punk on both sides of the Atlantic and features a cover designed by legendary graphic designer Malcolm Garrett

Published in Comment

Artist Jessie Brennan spent time with the residents of the Smithsons’ brutalist estate to explore the human impact of the political battle over its regeneration. Here, she discusses her experience

Published in Comment
Monday, 02 November 2015 00:00

Socialist holiday architecture in Croatia

Holidays after the Fall, an exhibition in Vienna, examines the vacation complexes built along the Adriatic coast in the 60s and 70s – and their fate after the collapse of Yugoslavia

Published in GALLERY

Beyond the A13, the staid seaside towns and the flat, muddy fields of its heartland lies an alternative Essex – an unlikely hotbed of radical modernism, writes Charles Holland

Published in Features
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
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, 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
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Center Parcs: The paradise machine

Center Parcs has become a commercial phenomenon since the first camp opened nearly 50 years ago. But it still owes much to the original vision of the “villa in the forest” – an unlikely fusion of Dutch modernist ideals and Catholic moral conservatism

Published in Features
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:00

The miniature chair

The modernist dream has gone badly awry when the only way to make good design “affordable” is to render it entirely pointless

Published in Crimes Against Design
Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:47

The Non Conformist chair

Few objects show Eileen Gray’s playful, human approach to modernism better than this asymmetrical chair – an elegant response to the restlessness of a seated figure

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

Team 10 East

Eastern Europe’s dissenters against the Corbusian orthodoxy have been unjustly overlooked, finds Agata Pyzik

Published in Review
Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:00

Morag Myerscough

The graphic artist and placemaker reveals her plan to move an icon of postwar Californian modernism to north London and fill it with Mexican folk art and Barry White albums ...

Published in Five Most Wanted
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 00:00

Icon 145: Leisure

Our new issue (out on 4 June) celebrates the arrival of summer, with FAT and Grayson Perry’s House for Essex, Ooze Architects’ King’s Cross swimming pond, the surprising modernist history of Center Parcs and Bruno Drummond’s Cedric Price-inspired photo essay

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 10:48

The architecture of London Zoo

The history of London Zoo's architecture is a record of our changing attitudes to nature and animal welfare, as grand aesthetic statements have been replaced by unobtrusive habitats that create the illusion of freedom and authenticity, says Charles Holland

Published in Features
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