Bauhaus Cradle

Design classic: Bauhaus Cradle

Peter Keler’s design applies constructivist ideas on to furniture


Mosaics for modern times

A well-crafted design is a work of art that can be the focal point of any living space

Design classic: Plumen 001 light bulb

The Plumen ushered in the era of the naked bulb

Propagation Project

Craftmakers ahead of the digital curve

How technology is helping designers create new forms

Design classic: Tray Table

The furniture has a removable table top which can be used as a tray

Installation view at ICFF New York, 2013 featuring designs by DFC including the Rosario mirror ($5,750)
©Tony Moxham

Mexican designers step into the light

Trailblazers emerge from shadows of dominant US

‘The Celestial City and River of Bliss’ (1841), by John Martin

Old Masters, new pastures

Bendor Grosvenor explains how historical paintings can work in contemporary settings

Barcelona chair by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and interior designer Lilly Reich

Design classic: Barcelona chair

The chair, a cushion sewn from 148 pieces of leather, was created for the 1929 German Pavilion

Apsley House
©Phil Ripley/English Heritage

Apsley House: a home fit for victory

The duke opens up the house that Wellington rebuilt after the battle of Waterloo

Bibendum chair

Design classic: the Bibendum chair

Eileen Gray’s 1926 design, inspired by the Michelin Man, set her apart as an art-deco furniture pioneer

Breaking the mould

Ceramicists in the US are experimenting with traditional techniques

The state of clay in the US

Ceramicists in California and New York are reinventing age-old traditions to create modern forms

Design classic: Le Creuset casserole dish

The flaming-orange dish first brought colour into French kitchens in 1925 and now sells in 60 countries worldwide

Cork rises to the top as design material

The flexible and environmentally friendly bark product is increasingly being used in furniture and furnishings

Clear revival for transparent furniture

Curvaceous forms and clean lines have put to bed the 1980s bachelor-pad image of see-through furniture

Design classic: the Alessi 9093 kettle

The kettle follows the simple, clean lines of modernism, without taking itself too seriously

Design classic: Picardie glass by Duralex

The glass, which was first created by the French company in 1954, is designed to be ‘virtually’ unbreakable

Highlights of Clerkenwell Design Week

What to see at the London interiors event that serves as a platform for innovative craftsmanship

The textile designers seeking imperfection

Handmade fabrics with flaws that tell a story are causing a stir

Design classic: coffee table IN50

Isamu Noguchi’s ability to synthesise both Japanese and western art made his work like no other