Monday, 12 January 2015 16:52

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
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 00:00

Horst: Photographer of Style

The fashion photographer's dramatic lighting and stylised sets created fantastical images that epitomise a period, says Fatema Ahmed

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
Friday, 30 May 2014 11:28

Mishka Henner: Black Diamond

Henner’s photography, on display in London until 31 May, explores how satellite imagery can tell us new things about man’s effect on the landscape, says Fatema Ahmed

Published in Review
Monday, 19 May 2014 01:00

Richard Hamilton at Tate Modern

There was far more to the late British artist's work than a brash pop art sensibility, Fatema Ahmed discovers

Published in Review
Friday, 16 May 2014 01:00

AV Festival

The innovative festival in north-east England drew on the area's past while making links to a wider present, says Fatema Ahmed

Published in Review
Thursday, 15 May 2014 13:58

Raf Simons for Kvadrat

Danish company Kvadrat has called on one of the biggest names in fashion – Christian Dior's Raf Simons – to create its latest range of home textiles. But it's the weavers at a mill in Huddersfield who are bringing the company's designs to life on a daily basis

Published in Features

A professor of atomic physics, a team of scientists and two industrial designers have come up with a pair of glasses so simple to use that you can adjust the prescription yourself

Published in Features
Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

From Club to Catwalk

It’s striking how few of the London fashion scene’s enfants terribles are still household names today, says Fatema Ahmed

Published in Review

For Matali Crasset, all design is social. Running through her work – from furniture to hotels to a beach library near Marseille – is a determination to introduce people to new things and to transform their experience of the everyday. 

Published in Features
Thursday, 05 September 2013 14:15

The bra

Since the modern brassière freed women and their internal organs from the tyranny of the corset, it has taken many shapes and forms and keeps evolving, but it has rarely been burnt. 

Published in Icon of the Month
Monday, 10 June 2013 18:01


Paul Bush’s film about a city that rises endlessly into the future is visually ingenious, but too beautiful to be dystopian, says Fatema Ahmed.

Published in Review

Italian collective Breaking the Mould’s collaboration with Salviati, and the resulting exhibition at London’s Aram Gallery, is a bid to revive the fortunes of glass.

Published in News
Monday, 13 May 2013 10:33

Atelier Van Lieshout

The sculptures and furniture dreamed up in Joep van Lieshout’s Rotterdam studio are the imagined products of dark, violent and anarchic worlds: a vast slave city, a World War Three landscape or, in his latest works, a pre-industrial tribal community.

Published in Features
Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:09

The Shard by Renzo Piano

London’s newest attraction – the 244m-high viewing platform of Renzo Piano’s Shard, western Europe’s tallest building – opened to the public in February. Is it worth climbing up this very tall building just to look back down to where you came from? And are buildings like these more about the view than the architecture?

Published in Features
Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:24

Hollywood Costume

A macabre display of famous film costumes at the V&A is underpinned by a surprising amount of scholarship, says Fatema Ahmed.

Published in Review

It may not look much, but connect it to a keyboard and monitor and the Raspberry Pi becomes a desktop PC. With half a million units sold in its first year, its makers hope that this programmable computer will inspire a generation of children raised on games consoles to rediscover the delights of tinkering with code.

Published in Features

In his latest book the radical geographer David Harvey examines the idea of the “right to the city” and looks at ways in which urban populations around the world can reclaim the spaces that couldn’t work without them, but which they rarely control

Published in Features
Monday, 01 October 2012 01:00

Ikea: How it all began

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

Published in Features
Monday, 20 August 2012 10:28

Texel Maritime Museum by Mecanoo

A Dutch maritime museum is given a new lease of life, from the shimmering light of the entrance to the basement’s murky depths

Published in News
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