Fabric and leather tote, Troubadour

Totes amazing

Big enough for a gym kit, simple enough for a suit, these man bags have it all

Rubik’s Cube

Design classic: the Rubik’s Cube

Created in 1974 by Erno Rubik, it took the Hungarian architecture professor more than a month to solve his own puzzle

The SP-Arte fair, held in São Paulo’s Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion April 2016
©Pétala Lopes

Bauhaus with a Brazilian beat

São Paulo art fair shows how country’s designers have adapted modernism by adding curved lines, spirited colours and natural materials

John Nash’s scagliola columns in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace
©Royal Collection

The art of scagliola: masters of mock rock

A workshop near Florence celebrates the Italian heritage of imitation marble and refines its use in contemporary design

Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System

Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System

Dieter Rams developed this design classic in 1960 and Vitsoe says it has never sold the same shelving order twice

Kering sales miss expectations

Gucci revenues considerably lower than forecast

Calvin Klein changes creative command

Costa and Zucchelli to leave after a combined 29 years at company

Britons own second-largest superyacht fleet

Americans dominate ownership with 33% of global armada

The Veterans Room after its restoration
©James Ewing

Restoration of a one-room masterpiece

The Veterans Room in Park Avenue Armory, New York, is an opulent Aladdin’s cave of styles

Burberry feels chill from ‘rut’ in Asia

Fashion brand warns on profits as sales slump in HK and Macau

Burberry: chequered history

The luxury fashion retailer’s shares look cheap

Luxury to Ikea — design with human touch

StudioIlse connects business to people, one airport lounge at a time

Brands focus on luxury eyewear sector

Luxottica and Essilor set to battle each other and new rivals

New Mexican wave

Nick Remsen meets the creatives distilling Mexico City’s rich heritage into dazzling modern design

Design classic: Stelton vacuum jug

It mimics the clean modernism of the Cylinda-Line coffee pot

YSL picks Vaccarello as creative director

Belgian designer faces tough task in replacing Hedi Slimane

Style: Get shirty

From wardrobe building block to fashion focal point, the button-down is reborn

Interiors special: Milan’s past masters

How the studios of Achille Castiglioni, Franco Albini and Vico Magistretti have preserved their work and continue to inspire

Stone staircases in step with the times

Medieval-style hand chiselling meets modern engineering in a British company’s innovative works of masonry

Interiors special: the genius of design

Exploring the use and workings of everyday objects can help us better understand the world, says museum director Deyan Sudjic

Design classic: the Louis Ghost chair

Inspired by the 18th century, yet modern in its execution, this is a chair for a king redesigned for the mass market

Interiors special: Salone del Mobile 2016

This month’s furniture trade fair will be a showcase for innovations in interiors from both big names and emerging talents

Interiors special: trompe l’oeils go digital

The centuries-old device is entering a new phase as designers of wallcoverings seize on the possibilities offered by technology

Slimane to cut a dash with YSL departure

Exit adds to churn among top creative flight of fashion brands

Interiors special: designer Tom Dixon

British designer outlines his belief in a style that will endure swings in taste and encourage people to consume more slowly


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