Design movements have their core principles and significant levels of influence, but there are ideas in the history of design that have crossed over and changed the way we think about objects. Here we pick five that made an impact
The most influential ideas in design are those that shaped material culture. In this extract from 100 Ideas That Changed Design, find out about the principle that links Swiss railway clocks and Ikea mugs
Maja Ganszyniec quickly emerged as a leading figure in the ‘desert’ of noughties Warsaw design. Now, with a couple of lines for Ikea, she wants to coax Poland’s prolific but low-value industry out of the wilderness
The London-based designer has built a reputation on designing interior spaces that prioritise comfort over ostentation. We met her as she prepared to expand her practice into product and furniture design
The furniture giant’s products are usually clever and design-focused, so why is its name still trapped in an outdated yellow lozenge? It’s time to take a modular approach, says Daniel Freytag
From Ikea’s Mia Lundström to the Chinese president, these people are set to change the way we think and work – so you’d best keep an eye on their next moves ...
There's something nasty in the flatpack furniture store ... Will Wiles enjoys a ghost story with a truly sinister setting
I decided to choose five objects that are always close at hand and that I regularly pick up and use in the studio. From everyday tools and utensils to a good cup of coffee, they all inspire me.
Everyone knows what an Ikea store is like, but how is the flatpack furniture that fills our homes in ever growing numbers actually designed and made? We visited Ikea's birthplace in southern Sweden, and a factory that makes a famous bookcase, to find out
As London Design Festival approaches, Icon goes behind the scenes to visit the factories where glossy products are prototyped and manufactured. In this issue we travelled all over Europe to see the places and meet the people responsible for these complicated and fascinating processes.