Wednesday, 09 November 2011 14:27

Hidden Heroes

Bubble wrap, teabags, pencils and corkscrews are among the quotidian subject matter of Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Everyday Things, which opens at the Science Museum in London today. Icon reviewed the show in issue 089, after its first showing at the Vitra Design Museum.

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Friday, 05 August 2011 11:22

Living Architecture

Part holiday home, part missionary outpost, the Balancing Barn perches on a ridge in Suffolk like the cliffhanger finale of The Italian Job re-enacted with an extra-long Gulfstream trailer.

Published in Features
Friday, 05 August 2011 10:51

Profile: Issey Miyake

“I have never called myself a fashion designer,” says Issey Miyake. It sounds like a contradiction from someone who has been designing clothes for 40 years and who built Japan’s most famous fashion brand in the process. So what is he?

Published in Features
Friday, 05 August 2011 10:24

8 House: Copenhagen

The 8 house is a housing block on a near-megastructural scale.

Published in Features
Friday, 05 August 2011 10:23

Pep Carrió

“A sketchbook,” Pep Carrió has said, “is like a kind of portable laboratory … a memory warehouse.”

Published in GALLERY
Friday, 05 August 2011 10:19

Manual of Decolonization

These imagined futures for illegal Israeli settlements are beautifully 
illustrated, but skim the surface of the subject.

Published in Review
Friday, 05 August 2011 09:11

Guise's New Office

Guise has just moved offices. The new space is a tabula rasa still waiting for its imprint.

Published in News
Friday, 05 August 2011 00:00

Rediscovered Utopias

A defence of British suburbia celebrates the very traits most would rail against – homogeneity and the mundane

Published in Review
Thursday, 04 August 2011 16:01

Okay Studio

A plastic plug and a roll-up felt home are among the responses to a statistic London designers Okay Studio and Friends dug out for the London Design Festival: that “95 percent of those moving to London since 1995 were born outside the UK”.

Published in News
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:59


“It’s interesting to straddle these different worlds,” says Benjamin Ball, referring to the intermediate space between architecture and sculpture that Los Angeles design studio Ball-Nogues’ work occupies.

Published in News
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:56

Marc Newson's Speedboat

Marc Newson's first stab at maritime design is a reinterpretation of the classic Italian Riva speedboat.

Published in News

This is not an average Swedish nursery school.

Published in News
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:53

Finsbury Health Centre

The Grade I-listed Finsbury Health Centre (1938) in Clerkenwell, London, is a revolutionary building designed by the Russian émigré architect Berthold Lubetkin and his Tecton practice.

Published in Icon of the Month
Thursday, 04 August 2011 15:48

Talking Point: Jasper Morrison

The designer launched three products during the London Design Festival: a shoe for Camper, a watch for Rado and a telephone for Punkt. He gives us the guided tour.

Published in News
Monday, 08 November 2010 09:31

Venice Biennale 2010

As the 2010 Biennale winds up over in Venice, Kieran Long asks where the old-fashioned troublemaking was in Kazuyo Sejima’s good-taste, tranquilising exhibition.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2010 06:17

GC Prostho Museum Research Centre by Kengo Kuma

Craftsmanship, devotion to material and the structure of a children’s toy are the inspirations behind Kengo Kuma’s design for a museum building in central Japan.

Published in News
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 08:08

LDF: Tuur van Balen's Pigeon D’Or

Revital Cohen and Tuur van Balen exhibited together during the London Design Festival in a show called Further Instructions. Here we have a look at van Balen’s contribution.

Published in News
Friday, 22 October 2010 12:29

Dressing for Pleasure

Leather, rubber and vinyl fetishists invite you into their beautiful homes in this compilation of vintage smut

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