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.
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.
“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?
These imagined futures for illegal Israeli settlements are beautifully illustrated, but skim the surface of the subject.
A defence of British suburbia celebrates the very traits most would rail against – homogeneity and the mundane
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”.
“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.
Marc Newson's first stab at maritime design is a reinterpretation of the classic Italian Riva speedboat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.