Young design stars show raw talent

Cutlery in Graft tableware series, by Qiyun Deng

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
©David Severn

Middleport Pottery: out of the furnace

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

An illustration by Nick Lowndes depicting online stores
©Nick Lowndes

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 by architect David Hotson in Skyhouse, New York City. Interior design by Ghislaine Vinas
©Eric Laignel

Slide and sleek: innovative designs for staircases

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

Living area of Vega IV, a custom-built residential barge at Oyster Pier in Battersea, southwest London, £1.5m

Floating homes get upmarket makeover

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

Yanukovich mansion
©Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP/Getty

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

The reinvention of craft

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

Design Classic: Thonet chair No. 14

The bentwood furniture, which first appeared on the market in 1850, has become one of the most successful chair designs ever produced

Plumbed depths and best cellars

Basement conversions are growing in popularity but strict planning rules mean designers need to be creative

Creative decor for basement spaces

Ideas for how to furnish best cellars

Crawling with life

‘Botanical style’ is in full bloom – and soon will be on your sofa

‘Botanical style’

In praise of clutter in the home

It is time to reject the modernist myth and accept a life of domestic (and creative) mess