Workshop floor, Wilkinson plc
©Stephen Burke

Chandelier maker casts light on his craft

David Wilkinson and his team use traditional techniques to create and conserve classic illumination pieces

Molyneux’s office at Hôtel Claude Passart. The chequered marble floor extends into the entrance hall
©Xavier Bejot

The Paris home of Juan Pablo Molyneux

With its Grand Siècle-era hallway and lacquered walls, the designer’s 17th-century home is a joyous rejection of minimalism

A 16ft-long aquarium, with pool beyond, at a house in Orange County, California

A chance to splash out on the home

Designers are responding to demand for room-sized aquariums, pirate caves and indoor waterfalls

Rondella lamp

Design classic: the Rondella desk lamp

The lamp, with its vertically moving shade, was created in 1928 by German silversmith and industrial designer Christian Dell

Return of ‘raw’ materials in home design

Digital and visual overload has raised interest in provenance, simplicity and designs that are tactile rather than highly finished

Mark McCormick, of designers Novocastrian, with a circular mirror and slate binate table

North-east in the design spotlight

Enterprising designers are turning the region’s image of faded industrial heritage on its head

Design classic: the Peacock chair

Hans Wegner’s design features a high-arched back with flattened cylinders to support the sitter’s shoulder blades

Wool curtains in one of Nicky Dobree’s chalet interiors
©Philip Vile

The shear indulgence of wool

Often overlooked as a material for high-end interiors, wool is now in vogue thanks to the magic being woven by creative designers

Why I love my office building

Just when designers are building better work spaces, people are losing the habit of working in them

Pendura coat stand by Galula, £166,

Pencil-thin furniture down to a fine art

Designers are focusing on objects that display the finesse of line drawings but are made from industrial materials

Design classic: the Dalilips sofa

Salvador Dalí designed the sofa based on Hollywood actress Mae West’s distinctive rosebud lips

Interior designer’s ‘Kitschmas’ decor tips

Tim Gosling, designer to the rich and famous, has an OTT approach to Christmas when it comes to styling his own home

The furniture makers using living wood

Designers working with unseasoned ‘green’ wood aim to fuse the traditional craft of bodging with a modern aesthetic

Time for a rug rethink

Hugh Carnegy on how to buy the most overlooked of furnishings at a good price

Cult of the cute: Japan’s ‘kawaii’ culture

The infantile, yet also rebellious, style forms an eye-catching part of the V&A museum’s revamped Japanese gallery

Design classic: the Eames RAR chair

The rocking armchair was designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1948 using material developed by the US army

The bad, the ugly and the dysfunctional

The influence of modernism and the power of the brand have led to many designs that do not work but remain desirable

Popular designs that are bad, ugly or just don’t work

Some products may be dysfunctional but that doesn’t always stop people wanting to own them

Design classic: the .03 chair

Maarten van Severen put maximum effort into making the .03 chair look minimalist, yet it is surprisingly comfortable

How lightbulbs came out of the shade

Banned then revived as ‘decorative’ lighting, the 19th-century wonder symbolises our yearning for something real