Pharaoh fashion in the home

Ancient Egypt is enjoying an afterlife as a continuing source of inspiration for designers

Fornasetti wall plate

Pyramid selling in the home

How the design influence of ancient Egypt endures in contemporary interiors

The 621 side table by Dieter Rams

Design classic: 621 side table by Dieter Rams

The plastic table, designed in 1962, is once again on sale following the launch of a 2014 version

Russell Pinch and his wife Oona Bannon in their studio in Clapham, south London
©Stacey Hatfield

Made in Britain: UK furniture design

The second part of our series looks at why British designers have gained global respect

Deep Marina oak cabinet with cutout bird design, by Lucy Turner

Made in Britain: furniture

UK designers are attracting global interest

Rebellion by design

Designers have long sought to challenge convention and instil social change via textiles, ceramics and furniture

Chilean ‘arpilleras’ wall hanging (1979)
©Martin Melaugh

Slideshow: a crafty way to protest

Subversive objects with a political or social message

Cutlery in Graft tableware series, by Qiyun Deng

Young design stars show raw talent

Eight recent graduates who have set up their own studios and are making names for themselves

Cutlery in Graft tableware series, by Qiyun Deng

Ones to watch: young designers on the rise

Eight of the best recent graduates and their work

Design classic: Arne Jacobsen’s Tongue chair

It was one of the Danish designer’s favourite pieces but has never been widely available

Illuminating trends in lighting design

The first part of a new Made in Britain series looks at the use of new materials in lampshades and pendants

Return of traditional Japanese materials

Designers are incorporating sturdy and ecological elements like bamboo, washi paper and lacquer to soften the visual impact of modern interiors

Middleport Pottery: out of the furnace

The oldest continuously working china factory in the UK was saved thanks to The Prince’s Regeneration Trust

Click-start design: from the shop floor to online store

Consumers are moving from just wanting to look fashionable to wanting an entirely fashionable life

Slide and sleek: innovative designs for staircases

Slides can provide a dramatic counterpoint to the ‘spine of the house’

Floating homes get upmarket makeover

Designers are catering to high-end buyers seduced by the charms of riverside living

Yanukovich’s palace and ‘tyrannical taste’

From the tacky and vulgar to the wildly extravagant, the former Ukrainian president’s home is just one example of despotic decor

Rock star’s comeback: marble returns to fashion

A classical favourite, the material had fallen out of favour but is now in vogue again among a new generation of designers

High-tech gadgets and decor fit for James Bond

Technologically advanced designs catering for futuristic fantasies are growing in popularity

How craft has remade itself

New techniques have revolutionised production processes – but the principles remain the same