• Keeping it real: the craft skills renaissance

    Craft skills are riding a wave of appreciation at present, which is only to be welcomed, says Veronica Simpson. But while handcrafted goods are being snapped up, often at eye-watering prices, where’s the recognition (and generous reward) for the craftsman and craftswoman creating them?

  • Read a good book lately?

    Libraries have seen some changes since they first caught the public’s imagination towards the end of the 19th century, thanks to early philanthropists such as Andrew Carnegie and Florence Boot, of Boots the Chemists. Now new libraries are being designed to serve a whole new generation with a whole new clutch of requirements, of which books are only a part. Stephen Hitchins reports

  • Erik Spiekermann on 30 years of Blueprint

    Looking back at Blueprint after 30 years provides a reminder both of what has been achieved over the past three decades and just how slow progress can be. But then Rome — or should that be London — wasn’t built in a day

  • SSHHH! Designers at work

    Spaces are saturated with noise or moving imagery, which is pushing consumers to seek solace in soothing environments with limited distractions. Katie Baron, senior editor of retail and spaces at Stylus, investigates noise-management systems, contemporary cocoons and sound-absorbing materials fuelling the desire for quiet

  • Designer furniture for leaner times

    Despite the tough economic conditions, companies are increasingly specifying designer items when refurbishing their workspace. Companies in the new Media City development at Salford Quays are some of the latest to choose this route after fitting out offices with furniture from a well-known furniture designer. Perhaps this is not surprising, but given that companies are operating on tighter budgets than ever before, there is a desire to get the designer look for less and maximise available budget.

  • Owen Hatherley on Britain's 'bland' Olympic legacy

    Aside from a few swooping sports structures, the architectural legacy of the Olympics is predominantly bland or oppressive. But that’s OK if the people of Newham are getting something out of it, isn’t it? Would that they were

  • Innovation Stations

    As more and more companies are waking up to the realisation that their staff don’t need to be sitting at a desk to be productive, design practices are delivering increasingly unique and stimulating work environments, reports Helen Parton

  • Time traveller

    After 20 years with the same company, Paul Finch has witnessed numerous configurations of the workspace, with the latest one – the most efficient to date, he says – dovetailing with a move to PaddingtonCentral

  • What’s the point of the London Design Festival?

    Asks YourStudio co-founder and creative director Howard Sullivan

  • Core blimey

    The concrete core of Building 7 rises above its neighbours at Chiswick Park, west London.