• Aldgate ambitions

    Aidan Walker takes a look at the very challenging task set students by the London Metropolitan University’s Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Media and Design, as part of its Aldgate Project. It invited them, through architectural and design schemes, to address the issues faced by this largely underprivileged district of London

  • Residencies’ rich results

    The work of the 2012 crop of the Design Museum’s Designers in Residence is about to be unveiled.

  • Fast and very hot

    Fast-food outlets are the latest converts to the church of design... From urban-look Italian eating on the go to pushing the boundaries for burgers, Helen Parton looks at what’s on the menu in terms of pacy design for the dine-and-dash brigade

  • Village people

    The Olympic Village has seen two or three architects working one each building with a quality palette of materials within a set grid, with a view to the success of the site’s legacy, when a new and permanent community will take up residence. Aidan Walker takes a look

  • Down to earth

    It may be one of the oldest building materials, around for millennia, but clay/terracotta still has plenty of life in it yet. Annabelle Filer offers a selection of new twists on the material that promise to keep it a major player

  • Take a seat

    It's surprising how often Jamie Oliver's name pops up in the world of design. But then Oliver is well known for having his fingers in many pies, if you'll excuse the pun. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of his first restaurant, Fifteeen, opening in London, the celebrity chef has got together with Scandinavian furniture company Fritz Hansen to launch The Big Chair Project, asking some of his mates from the words of art and design, including Paul Smith, Cath Kidston, Quentin Blake and Matthew Williamson, to give Fritz Hansen's classic Ant chair a creative makeover.

  • In a bubble

    Imagine going camping in wilderness but instead of the hassle of setting up a tent, crawling in and out of sleeping bags you could be gazing at the starry sky in the middle of nature from the comfort of a hotel-standard bed.

  • Open House London 2012

    If you live in London you’ll be used to seeing the city’s iconic buildings from the outside, but have you ever been inside the Gherkin, Heron Tower or Tower 42?

  • Cone shaker

    Gareth Gardner takes a different view of Thomas Heatherwick’s exhibition at the V&A

  • Making a splash

    Gareth Gardner has a sneak preview of a glowing bath tub...