Friday, 29 June 2012 14:59

Masters of Chaos

The Musée du Quai Branly has cast contemporary artists as modern-day shamans working with the forces of disorder. But by displaying artworks next to artefacts from every continent and period of history, the show raises complicated questions about art and ethnography.

Published in Review

Shanghai’s latest super-sized hotel, office, retail, art and theatre complex employs almost as many architectural styles as it has uses.

Published in News

Dance has always been a multidisciplinary form but the Belgian choreographer Frédéric Flamand has specialised in striking collaborations, working with leading architects including Zaha Hadid, Thom Mayne, Diller + Scofidio and Dominique Perrault to explore the limits of bodies and cities

Published in Features
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 15:34

New York Grid

In 1811, the Commissioners’ Plan for New York presented a revolutionary document, a map depicting 12 avenues and
155 cross streets, better known as the Manhattan street grid, which made possible the city we know today.

Published in Icon of the Month
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 11:32


The end of Hustwit’s Design Trilogy asks where cities are headed but leaves us to think about the answers, says Fatema Ahmed.

Published in Review
Tuesday, 28 February 2012 14:03

LDF: Icon Events

Icon celebrated its 100th issue during this year’s London Design Festival, with a party and by showing off the Lego skills of leading architects.

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012 11:20

Palais Garnier Restaurant by Odile Decq

The undulating forms of Odile Decq’s dining room curve around the structure of the Paris opera house without ever touching it.

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In its first hotel project, esoteric fashion house Maison Martin Margiela has refurbished a 19th-century townhouse in Paris in minimalist style.

Published in News
Monday, 27 February 2012 11:09

Club Silencio by Raphael Navot

A Parisian nightclub designed by David Lynch recreates the director’s dreamlike aestheticwith the help of traditional French craftsmanship.

Published in News
Monday, 27 February 2012 10:44


The pencil has been the object of rivalry since it was invented, but while the world has changed around it, it remains the same as it ever was

Published in Icon of the Month
Friday, 17 February 2012 14:13

Mathaf Museum; MIA Park, Doha

Fireworks and a new sculpture park give the Gulf’s richest country a chance to put on a display of culture in its capital.

Published in Review
Friday, 30 September 2011 16:14

Dominic Wilcox

Dominic Wilcox’s drawings are well-known to readers of Icon: they appeared in the magazine every month for two years. But the designer, artist and solver of niche problems is also a careful craftsman who doesn’t feel the need to tell us what to make of his work.

Published in Features
Tuesday, 27 September 2011 13:57

Birthday Cake by Blanch & Shock

To help celebrate our centenary, Icon challenged food design studio Blanch & Shock to stretch the boundaries of sponge-based sculpture…

Published in News
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 12:24

Champalimaud Centre by Charles Correa

Charles Correa’s medical research centre in Lisbon is a private building that has turned over half its site to dramatic public spaces.

Published in News
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:59

Seed of Narcissus by Tomas Libertiny

Tomas Libertiny and his 60,000 bees tested the limits of Venetian glassmaking to produce their largest collaboration to date.

Published in News

The responses of young designers to world events ranged from hand-made radiation detectors to seesaw-powered washing machines.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 10:45

Pieces of π by Dik Scheepers

Dutch designer Dik Scheepers has invented a faster mould-making process to produce a ceramics range that makes a feature of its flaws.

Published in News
Friday, 19 August 2011 10:08

XXXX_Sofa by Yuya Ushida

The modular system that Yuya Ushida has used to make his new sofa and stool is simple enough for you to assemble at home – if you have enough patience.

Published in News
Thursday, 18 August 2011 12:43

Twirl by Zaha Hadid

A sculptural installation of porcelain tiles and fluorescent lights transformed an 18th-century courtyard at the University  of Milan during the furniture fair.

Published in News
Thursday, 18 August 2011 10:32

Grain Elevator

These vast silos, “monuments to the Prostestant work ethic”, were a seminal influence on modernism but are vanishing from the American landscape.

Published in Icon of the Month
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