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
Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:00

Mirrors: Surface tension

A mirror’s function has always been to provide an accurate likeness. So why are recent designs more interested in playing with the viewer’s sense of identity?

Published in Features
Friday, 02 October 2015 00:00

Vienna Design Week

While John Pawson’s contribution is a thing of beauty, the wider festival focuses more on the everyday impact of design

Published in Review
Thursday, 01 October 2015 00:00

Icon 149: Home

“Home” is a hard concept to pin down in design terms, but in our new issue – available now – we try to do just that, looking at Barbara Bestor’s Dutch woonerf in LA, modernist villages in Essex and the details that bring a house to life

Published in Comment
Thursday, 10 September 2015 00:00

Moving Mountains

Brooklyn-based industrial designer Syrette Lew explores the intersections between contrasting styles and periods. In her latest collection, Hollywood Regency meets ancient Rome

Published in News
Friday, 04 September 2015 00:00

Take an Object, MoMA

From lightbulbs and chairs to flags and bedclothes, this show traces artists’ engagement with everyday objects that might have been disregarded, says Laura McLean-Ferris

Published in Review
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:00

Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä

The Finnish architect, ceramicist and glasswork designer explains how working with buildings informs her creative process on a smaller scale

Published in News

Wellcome Collection, London
22 July – 18 October 2015

Published in Diary
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:00

Making Africa

By avoiding “African issues”, Vitra’s pair of exhibitions present a far more compelling portrait of a multi-faceted, multi-vocal continent, writes Debika Ray

Published in Review
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

The trouble with bridges

Spanning a river was once an exercise in elegance and beauty, but today’s bridges express nothing but their own structural virtuosity. Bridge design, it seems, has become the prog rock of architecture, says Charles Holland

Published in Crimes Against Design
Wednesday, 17 June 2015 00:00

Hugh Broughton

These objects remind me subliminally of the importance of simplicity, clarity, functionality and joyfulness in the design of any object, whatever its size or purpose

Published in Five Most Wanted

The first major retrospective of the visual artist revealed the strict processes, rules and systems behind her work, says Hannah Gregory

Published in Review
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