Sunday, 30 November 2014 01:00

The red carpet

It has long been a byword for a lavish welcome but from ancient Greece to modern Hollywood the red carpet has also had a habit of tripping up our heroes

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 22 March 2013 10:39

Jonathan Meades - Museum without walls

A collection of essays and film scripts by the critic, novelist and documentary maker leads Charles Holland to test the truth of the saying, “the style is the man”.

Published in Review
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
Friday, 18 January 2013 09:56

Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

The first European retrospective of Kahn’s work in 40 years makes Owen Hatherley wonder about the architect’s place in the pantheon.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 14:58

Red carpet

It has long been a byword for a lavish welcome but from ancient Greece to modern Hollywood the red carpet has also had a habit of tripping up our heroes

Published in Icon of the Month

The Dublin-based duo excel in designs that resonate with their cultural and historic contexts. They created one of the outstanding buildings of 2012 – Belfast’s Lyric Theatre – and are now testing their approach on major projects in London and Budapest.

Published in Features

San Rocco may be a magazine rather than an architect, but its spirit of intellectual enquiry and diverse crowd-sourced content has quickly established it as an influential voice in European architecture, as well as a compelling model for a new type of practice.

Published in Features

Jim Archer has designed a system that gets rid of waste, saves on fuel and provides a facility where communities in Kenya can come together and cook. Not a bad outcome after much time spent rooting through piles of rubbish.

Published in Features

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma specialise in challenging conventional ways of thinking about traditional materials such as leather and charcoal – and despite their collaborations with big-name manufacturers, they show no sign of losing their edge.

Published in Features

Frank Gehry’s New York theatre complex is a return to the raw plywood, concrete and glass architecture of his early career. He spoke to Icon about his design process, why he wants to be known for creating buildings of warmth and humanity, and why so much architecture achieves precisely the opposite.

Published in Features

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

Konstantin Grcic’s wooden chair has an angular and awkward charm that springs from the responsiveness and hands-on approach of Italian furniture manufacturer Mattiazzi and the designer’s desire to rediscover his cabinet-making roots.

Published in Features

The sight of 204 copper torches rising to form one vast bowl of flame was an extraordinary finale to the London 2012 opening ceremony. It was also one of the highlights of an extraordinary 12 months for designer Thomas Heatherwick – who is also the winner of Icon of the year, an award decided by public vote.

Published in Features

Many cultural buildings are created with a civic purpose, but few achieve it as successfully as Jo Noero’s gallery complex in a South African township: a multi-purpose building that brings to life the enduring legacy of the apartheid struggle and provides a focal point for the community.

Published in Features

Few designers get to watch their work being ceremonially paraded up and down the country, but that’s how Ed Barber and Jay Osgerby spent the summer of 2012. The question is, after the “whirlwind” of the Olympic torch, what will they do next?

Published in Features