• Washed up

    As Aidan Walker fills up the bowl with soapy water and starts washing up the breakfast, lunch and dinner things now the family’s dishwasher has died, he ponders on the meaning of behavioural design, and how we have been led to believe – erroneously, he now knows – that we can’t live without ‘labour-saving’ devices

  • Moving on

    Office lighting really has to change – to avoid waste, to reduce energy use, to adapt to evolving working practices and, most of all, to put people at the top of the agenda. Three leading lighting designers concerned with the workspace environment give their views on precisely how and where office lighting must move on to meet the needs of the future

  • Death: A design response

    Nothing is certain except death and taxes, said Benjamin Franklin. While global corporations have been getting creative with the latter, let’s celebrate the global design community’s achievements in finding new and interesting ways to engage with the former, says Veronica Simpson

  • Marcel Wanders

    When another journalist likened Marcel Wanders to being the Lady Gaga of the design world, he wasn’t displeased. Like her he wants to be seen to be doing something different, showing a lot of energy, never boring, he tells Jamie Mitchell

  • Q+A

    Interior design specialists share their opinions on what makes for flooring success

  • Mark Davison

    FX talks flooring with Mark Davison, head of design at Yoo

  • Material matters

    As Aidan Walker prepared to chair an FX-sponsored panel discussion at the Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre in Islington, he pondered on the nature of materials and the unique insights into them held by his chosen panellists...

  • Who delivers design?

    From this one burning question sprouted a whole clutch of side issues, ranging from client expectations to the national perception of design. Johnny Tucker sat in to report on the proceedings

  • Shop talk

    Pamela Buxton goes straight to the manufacturers to hear the latest on their new surface products and innovations

  • Turning over a new leaf

    Gareth Gardner kicks through fallen leaves for his latest and exclusive photograph, of a building in Mayfair

  • Darkness into light

    Even the best-designed shops tend to lose their sparkle after closing time. Traditionally there have been two choices: keep the lights blazing after the shop has closed – an unforgivable waste of electricity – or plunge the interior of the store into darkness, making the street look dull and forlorn.

  • Grosvenor Wilton Company gets walk-on part in new Spielberg film

    Kidderminster-based carpet maker Grosvenor Wilton Company has supplied a bespoke carpet for the set of Stephen Spielberg’s latest film, the Oscar-nominated biopic Lincoln, which dramatises president Abraham Lincoln’s successful efforts to outlaw slavery in the US.

  • Iceberg in the city

    Since December central Montreal has been feeling a bit more wintry than usual, thanks to an installation depicting the lifecycle of an iceberg, designed by a local creative studio ATOMIC3.

  • Reclaiming the streets of New York

    In my recent trip to New York, I was a bit puzzled by two facts – that there was so little public seating available, and that there seemed to be a scaffolding on every third building I passed. Little did I know then that an initiative called Softwalks is trying to reclaim the public space that has been taken over by scaffolding by providing attachable furniture to create seats and a nicer environment.

  • 2013 European Capitals of Culture

    The 27th European Capital of Culture title is this year shared between Košice in East Slovakia and the Marseille-Provence region in France. Both have an extensive programme of events throughout 2013. The areas are also embracing a gateway theme, with Košice acting as the door to Eastern Europe and Marseille-Provence as the gateway to the Mediterranean region.

  • Young, free and shingle

    Gareth Gardner is off to the Suffolk seaside to see a house in the shingle

  • Luxury without a function

    What do you consider as a luxury? London-based artist Jeremy Hutchison says that ‘true luxury has no function. It is not something to be used or understood. It is a feeling: beyond sense, beyond logic, beyond utility. It is an ethic of perfect dysfunctionality.’

  • Star Turn

    Gareth Gardner goes on set to see Bisley and Humanscale products star

  • Illuminating cities

    The city of Lyon in France has won first place in this year’s city.people.light awards. The competition recognises projects that demonstrate the contribution lighting schemes can make to the urban living environment, and was established in 2003 by Philips and the Lighting Urban Community International Association (LUCI).