The Team 10 architect’s plan to reinvent the city may sound far-fetched, but his human-centred approach to design still holds lessons for us, says Debika Ray

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

New order: Pattern in Poland

A new generation of Polish designers is rejecting the cool minimalism that characterised the post-1989 years and showing a renewed interest in vernacular and traditional crafts. Their textiles and ceramics are defined by colour, decoration and an ability to “think through patterns”

Published in Features

National Museum, Warsaw
20 May – 30 August 2015

Published in Diary

Szczecin’s concert hall, designed by Spanish architecture practice Estudio Barozzi Veiga, is a glowing white castle that many see as a beacon for a prosperous future. But its relationship with the city’s various pasts is more problematic, says John Jervis

Published in Features
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

The Polish film poster

One of the ironies of Communism was that, while the West was in thrall to the Hollywood studios, Polish artists had the freedom to advertise US films with bold and arresting visuals

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 16 July 2015 00:00

Warsaw Metro

The city’s long-awaited second underground line is a riot of colour, with psychedelic signage by the father of Polish abstract art, Wojciech Fangor

Published in News
Monday, 13 July 2015 00:00

Chmara.Rosinke: Nomads in residence

Polish duo Maciej Chmara and Ania Rosinke moved to Austria as students, stayed “by coincidence” and have made their home in Vienna. But their work, with its sense of community and DIY aesthetic, explores the restlessness, impermanence and inhospitability of life in modern cities

Published in Features

Featured on the cover of Icon's current issue, the Spanish architect's concert hall in Poland has won the Mies van der Rohe award for European contemporary architecture. John Jervis visited the building last month

Published in Comment
Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:00

Mies van der Rohe prize shortlist

The winnner of €60,000 award for European architecture will be announced tomorrow at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion in Barcelona. Here are the five practices and projects in the running – including the Szezecin Philharmonic, which is featured on the cover of our current issue, Poland

Published in News
Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:00

Daniel Libeskind

As our current issue, Poland, went to press, we met the Polish-born architect in his Milan studio to ask him about the nation's design tradition and the thinking behind his work

Published in News
Thursday, 07 May 2015 01:00

#iconphoto contest – pattern

For the chance to win a bag of Present & Correct stationery and a copy of our latest issue, Poland, use Instagram or Twitter to send us photos of patterns in everyday life

Published in Comment
Thursday, 30 April 2015 01:00

Icon 144: Poland

Our latest issue presents some of the most exciting design and architecture coming out of Poland. We visit the acclaimed Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, we interview Gdansk-born design duo Chmara.Rosinke, and Warsaw-based curator Klara Czerniewska reveals a passion for pattern in the Polish design scene

Published in Comment
Thursday, 02 April 2015 09:57

2 April: The week’s most read

SelgasCano's Serpentine pavilion, Bernard Tschumi's Paris zoo and Barber Osgerby at the Bodleian were among the popular topics of the past seven days

Published in Comment
Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Maria Jeglinska

Often inspired by line drawings, the French-born designer's works have established her as a leading light of Warsaw's emerging design scene

Published in Features
Friday, 26 September 2014 10:49

Brussels Design September

Belgian designers took centre stage at this year's event, which attempted to highlight the commercial value of design through an eclectic range of exhibitions and installations

Published in News
Friday, 19 September 2014 14:04

Designing Polska

An exhibition in east London shows off the best in contemporary Polish graphic design and illustration

Published in GALLERY