• 50 shades of white

    Surfaces consultants Brad Turner and Ian Hunter have used their past experience working with architectural practice Foster + Partners and backgrounds in industrial design to offer a bespoke service in materials choice to architects and designers. Pamela Buxton talks to the founders of Materials Council about their adventure in surfaces

  • On the right track

    Aidan Walker talks trains, boats and planes with Paul Priestman, half of the highly successful Priestmangoode that has brought a new type of thinking to design

  • Extraordinary stories

    A new display of the Design Museum’s extensive permanent collection of contemporary design and architecture reveals intriguing insights into some of the exceptional as well as everyday items in the museum’s possession.

  • Charles Jencks

    A man of many talents, Charles Jencks defies being pigeonholed: teacher, author, theorist, architect, landscaper, postmodernist, Maggie’s Centres’ co-founder... He talks to Jamie Mitchell

  • Don’t cut the lighting budget

    Simon Fisher highlights growing concerns within the lighting industry that high-quality specifications are increasingly being compromised when the dreaded budget axe falls

  • Aisles of places to meet busy people

    Architect@Work, an international exhibition and meet-up series geared up exclusively for architects and interior designers, is coming to London for the first time. Taking place at the Earl’s Court exhibition centre 30 and 31 January, the show organisers recognise that while architects worldwide are keen to find out about the latest concepts and products, they are also often too busy and overbooked to do so.

  • Luke Miles

    Head of the design team at Virgin Atlantic, designer Luke Miles’ real focus is on the whole service experience, which has recently produced the relaunched Upper Class cabin and the JFK lounge, reports Johnny Tucker

  • Surface Design Show Preview

    Happy birthday to the Surface Design Show, about to celebrate its 10th outing and hosting an FX Live Debate on the first of its threeday residence from 5-7 February at the Business Design Centre, London. Maarja Pehk takes a look at highlights of this year's offering

  • Have skills, will travel

    Taking on international projects, and especially the lighting element of them, was up for debate in this latest FX Design Seminar. Johnny Tucker sits in and reports on the proceedings

  • In your dreams...

    A popular feature in FX is If Only, for which creative agencies or individual designers express their design dreams, however just-wishful-thinking they might be. We’ve been so inundated with your If Onlys that we’re presenting a few extras this month as a seasonal treat, and we look forward to receiving a new crop of your creativity in 2013

  • Mind the gap

    Gareth Gardner looks at the new landscapes being created by Crossrail

  • Art in the office

    Those of us who work in offices with no art on the walls probably don’t even know to miss it, but according to a new report from International Art Consultants (IAC) and British Council for Offices (BCO), art in the workplace plays a crucial role in making both staff and visitors feel more welcome.

  • Katharina Hamma tells Jamie Mitchell what to expect at this year's Orgatec

    Orgatec, Cologne’s biennial office furniture trade fair takes place later this month. Jamie Mitchell asks the show’s new director, Katharina Hamma, what visitors can expect – and asks if the biennial office furniture show is still one of the best venues for launching new products.

  • London’s own ‘High Line’

    You have most probably heard of the High Line park in New York - an urban green space on top of a stretch of unused railway. But did you also know that the Landscape Institute recently held a competition in collaboration with Mayor of London and Garden Museum to find an innovative design for a similarly unique green space in London?

  • Building an Olympic LEGO-acy

    If you happen to venture to Westfield Stratford City this weekend, you will have a chance to take part in creating Olympic legacy – with LEGO.

  • Literary masterpiece

    Architect Christophe Egret looks out over the dramatic geometry of the nearly completed interior of Clapham’s new library.

  • 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