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Architecture in Uniform

What did architects do in the war and what did the war do for architects? An exhibition at the Maxxi Museum in Rome, first held in Montreal in 2011, examines these questions – here's Fatema Ahmed's original review

Published in Review
Monday, 02 June 2014 01:00

Architecture in Uniform

What did architects do in the war and what did the war do for architects? An exhibition in Paris, first held in Montreal in 2011, examines these questions – here's Fatema Ahmed's original review

Published in Review
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:27

The car registration plate

Unless you’re the proud owner of “BIG DAV 1”, the code on the front of your car doesn’t tell the world much about you or your vehicle. Paris-based studio Artworklove has a plan to change that.

Published in Rethink
Monday, 12 September 2011 14:28

Daniel Charny

Power of Making, an exhibition dedicated to contemporary craft, opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum last week. Curator Daniel Charny shared five of his most favourite designs with Icon in our August issue.

Published in Five Most Wanted

Freakish, haunting works by these pioneers of American architecture enchant Owen Hatherley.

Published in Review
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 14:11

Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo

What did the design of the spacesuit have to do with 1970s urban planning?

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 14:06

Belgrade Design Week

William Wiles finds that Serbia’s creative industries give reason to be hopeful as tensions run high after the arrest of Ratko Mladic.

Published in Review
Friday, 19 August 2011 13:39

Imagination Playground by David Rockwell

David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan aims to get kids designing and building for themselves. So how do you go about creating creativity without telling kids what to do? 

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:40

Attack the block: Lego architecture

Lego has a series of models reproducing “classic” works of architecture: Fallingwater, the Empire State Building and so on. But the fun of the toy is that you can make anything you like. So what happens when you give these models to some leading British architects to remake?

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:27

Floris Hovers' design toys

The simple, reduced forms of Floris Hovers’ miniature boats, cars and other vehicles should be seen less as designs, more as “playful thoughts” the Dutch furniture and toy maker says – it’s up to children to make something of them.

Published in Features
Friday, 19 August 2011 12:19

Toys of the Avant-Garde

It is no coincidence that Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller were all taught in kindergartens, the school system that introduced building blocks into educational play.

Published in Features

A scheme to house a series of artworks in a botanic centre in Mexico has grown into an ambitious masterplan that aims to make a similar display of the garden’s “most important collection”.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 11:55

Champion Tables by Konstantin Grcic

Konstantin Grcic’s collection of tables for Galerie Kreo is influenced by the design and graphics of racing cars.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 11:48

In Between House by Koji Tsutsui

Koji Tsutsui’s mountainside retreat is a flexible arrangement of larch-clad rooms “plugged in” to a winding internal alleyway.

Published in News

Plasma Studio and Groundlab have reinterpreted Buckminster Fuller’s language of ecological high technology to create a landscape of sharply angled planthouses and pathways.

Published in News
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.

Published in News
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.

Published in News

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

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 10:45

Pieces of π by Dik Scheepers

Dutch designer Dik Scheepers has invented a faster mould-making process to produce a ceramics range that makes a feature of its flaws.

Published in News
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