Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

Cars and our urban future

A two-day conference in Rotterdam featuring Rem Koolhaas revealed the European car industry to be confident in its future, but cautious about veering too far outside its comfort zone, says Peter Smisek

Published in Comment
Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

Lyon: Everything is illuminated

Few cities take public lighting as seriously as Lyon. For France’s second city, it is not just a matter of safety, or even aesthetics. It plays a fundamental role in citizens’ quality of life. Michel Djaoui photographed the city at night for our latest issue

Published in News
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

Bikini Berlin

At this time of hyper-commercialism, the German mall is bucking the trend with a Christmas market that focuses on independent design brands and a changing roster of small-scale local makers, says Giovanna Dunmall

Published in Comment
Friday, 04 December 2015 00:00

New issue: Icon 151

From Lyon's experiment in public lighting, to Ireland's efforts to establish its international design reputation, our latest issue looks at the design that has a tangible impact on people's lives and moods

Published in Comment
Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

The World of Charles and Ray Eames

This ambitious exhibition at the Barbican in London reminds us that the celebrated American designers were making films to shed light on their thinking process long before it was commonplace – with greater depth and insight than many doing the same today, says Peter Maxwell

Published in Review
Friday, 20 November 2015 00:00

The German car industry

Germany once ruled the auto industry, but all that’s left today are nods to history, macho fascias, broad haunches, sagging sides – and cheating on emissions tests, says John Jervis

Published in Crimes Against Design

From plywood to crowdfunding, they're being hailed as the next big thing – but how long will that fuzzy feeling last?

Published in Comment
Thursday, 12 November 2015 00:00

Anna Maresova rethinks sex toys

Too often, vibrators are designed from a male perspective, but a Czech designer has taken a less flashy, less phallic approach on her collection, Whoop-de-doo, which launches later this month

Published in Features
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:00

The New American Garden

An exhibition in Washington documents the freeing influence of landscape designers Wolfgang Oehme and James van Sweden on the carefully-manicured gardens of the US in the mid to late 20th century, but it fails on occasion to capture the exuberant spirit of their work, says Nate Schulman

Published in Review

The British designer froze metal to –346 degrees while living in a Liverpool factory to produce a collection of tactile, weighty furniture, on display in an exhibition in New York. Caia Hagel went to the show’s opening

Published in Review
Friday, 06 November 2015 00:00

20 design words you should never use

From “artisanal” and “timeless” to, erm, "iconic", these words are the most slippery and overused in the design industry. Of course, we haven’t used any of them in our latest issue ...

Published in Comment

The annual publishing conference highlighted the increasingly blurred boundaries between different mediums and initiatives within a magazine brand, says Anja Wohlstrom

Published in Review
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:00

Amsterdam North

Serious money is moving into the city’s old shipyards, now one of Europe’s most vibrant creative quarters. For ICON 150, Enya Moore went to find out whether the area's rapid transformations means the designers will eventually be moving out. These photos, by Raoul Kramer, accompany the article

Published in GALLERY
Thursday, 29 October 2015 00:00

The architecture of Spectre

The absence of a “Bond Villain’s Lair” aesthetic in Spectre, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, reveals the disconcerting state of London's corporate architecture, says Edwin Heathcore.

Published in Comment
Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:00

Food packaging: You are what you eat

Over-indulging on food has always been a symbol of wealth and status. But today, it’s not the produce that counts – it’s the packaging

Published in Features
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

High heels

Businesswomen, kings and medieval Asian warriors have all understood the symbolic power of heeled footwear. And its impracticality only seems to add to its allure

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Garage Museum by OMA

Rem Koolhaas mixes preservation and provocation in Moscow, turning a Soviet-era workers’ canteen into a contemporary art space, says Edwin Heathcote

Published in News
Thursday, 15 October 2015 00:00

Reading design

While there has long been a vast archive of critical writing about architecture, design in general has been somewhat neglected – until now. Icon contributor Edwin Heathcote explains his latest project

Published in Comment
Friday, 09 October 2015 00:00

The seven sins of design

“Futuristic” novelty workplaces, far-too-smartphones, greenwashed office developments, anthropomorphic corkscrews ... These are all, frankly, abominations and we shall smite you down

Published in Crimes Against Design
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Learning from Japan

A show in Copenhagen examines why Danish architects and designers have drawn so much inspiration from a country on the other side of the globe, says Mille Collin Flaherty

Published in Review
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