Strawberry Hill: gothic fantasy given new lease of life

‘Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, from the South’ by Johann Heinrich Müntz, c1755-59
©Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University

Horace Walpole’s private rooms at the striking castle he created in suburban London have been restored

Design classic: the Zeroll ice-cream scoop

The device does its one task so well it has earned a permanent place in New York’s Museum of Modern Art

The Gabriel Scott showroom in Manhattan

Handmade US furniture to rival the best of Europe

A new era of craftsmanship is emerging in New York and beyond, with designers seeking high-end credibility

The eye-catching Long Border at Great Dixter in late July
©Joe Rodriguez

Great Dixter chosen for Aldermaston bequest

How a country house in East Sussex will benefit from the friendship between a gifted horticulturist and a master potter

Why Louis XV’s mistress is inspiring romance in design

Designers look to the elegance and eroticism of Madame de Pompadour and the French royal court in the 18th century

Flow [T] light, from £1,800,

Designers switch on to lighting

From organic LEDs and textured glass, the Maison et Objet fair in Paris showcased some of the latest trends

Arco lamp

How the Arco lamp became a design classic

The lamp, with its two-metre telescopic arm, was created by the Castiglioni brothers in 1962 and is still made today

Rip it out: the irresistible urge to renovate

Why people feel the need to make a personal mark on their homes even when no overhaul is needed

Joe Colombo’s Sedia Universale (1965-1967)
©MoMA, New York/Scala

Design classic: the Sedia Universale

Joe Colombo’s groundbreaking Universal Chair is emblematic of the optimism in Italy during the 1960s

Living room in the home of Copenhagen-based architect and designer Sara Camre
©BirgittaWolfgang/Sisters Agency

Denmark moves towards a new design era

Daring designers are starting to throw off their modernist shackles and create bold, contemporary work

Japanese design: pure and simple

Designers are finding fresh inspiration in the country’s craft tradition and its focus on an object’s function

Repeat performance: geometric patterns back in vogue

From bedding to wallpaper, designers are experimenting with symmetrical lines and shapes on a wide range of products

Design classic: Baccarat’s Harcourt glass

Designed in 1841 for the French king, the glasses, vases and carafes have been in production ever since

Blowing baubles at Christmas

The House & Home team visits a glassblowing studio to create decorative glassware

Christmas baubles: the FT’s limited-edition ‘Pink ’un’

Members of the House & Home team visit a London glassblowing studio to create DIY seasonal decorations

Christmas decor gets a design overhaul

A new take on traditional decorations and seasonal interiors by six leading designers

Design classic: the Landi chair by Hans Coray

Created in 1938-39, the aluminium chair has stood the test of time in both looks and performance

Henri Samuel, decorator to the wealthy

A new exhibition gathers together rare furnishings by artists who inspired the French designer in the 1960s and 1970s

Flights of fancy: the latest in first-class air travel

Innovative cabin designs for premium-paying passengers have moved on from fully flat beds to three-room apartments

Design classic: Shiro Kuramata’s How High the Moon armchair

Named after the jazz standard, the deconstructed chair made of steel mesh is postmodern design at its very best