• Vienna: Design destination

    The capital of Austria has a rich and illustrious design past, but it’s not resting on its laurels, says Helen Parton, a visitor to the latest Vienna Design Week, where she saw much to be impressed with during the 10-day event and beyond

  • Investing in design

    A lively and energetic debate was held between our top UK designers and some of the most powerful manufacturers in the world. Much of what was discussed has left more questions to explore, but one of the serious points to emerge is just who takes the credit for a successful product? Should designers take more responsibility for sales and marketing decisions, or do manufacturers lead and control the success of the product? David Tarpey reports

  • 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

  • Q&A with Celia Sawyer

    An interior designer and collector of rare objects, Celia Sawyer made her TV debut last year as one of the dealers on the second series of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, a show where people bring in items they think are valuable and try to flog them to four dealers. With the programme’s third series under way, Sawyer tells FX about her career so far, and how she balances a successful interior design practice with a TV career.

  • Watching the wildlife

    Gareth Gardner sees the animals in the Shoredtich Zoo billboards

  • Acrylicize creates new artwork for Heinz

    At FX we’re always on the lookout for new design talent and in each issue we choose a designer or design practice we think is ‘one to watch’. It’s always great to see the desgners and design practices we’ve chosen go on to glittering careers in the design industry, and this week we’re pleased to bring you a new project by Acrylicize, a London-based design agency that featured as our ‘one to watch’ in February 2011.