Rubik’s Cube

Design classic: the Rubik’s Cube

Created in 1974 by Erno Rubik, it took the Hungarian architecture professor more than a month to solve his own puzzle

The SP-Arte fair, held in São Paulo’s Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion April 2016
©Pétala Lopes

Bauhaus with a Brazilian beat

São Paulo art fair shows how country’s designers have adapted modernism by adding curved lines, spirited colours and natural materials

John Nash’s scagliola columns in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace
©Royal Collection

The art of scagliola: masters of mock rock

A workshop near Florence celebrates the Italian heritage of imitation marble and refines its use in contemporary design

Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System

Vitsoe 606 Universal Shelving System

Dieter Rams developed this design classic in 1960 and Vitsoe says it has never sold the same shelving order twice

The Veterans Room after its restoration
©James Ewing

Restoration of a one-room masterpiece

The Veterans Room in Park Avenue Armory, New York, is an opulent Aladdin’s cave of styles

Ilse Crawford’s London studio shows her philosophy in action: a place in which you would be happy to live as well as work
©Charlie Bibby

Luxury to Ikea — design with human touch

StudioIlse creates spaces to live and work in

Erik Magnussen’s EM77 vacuum jug

Design classic: Stelton vacuum jug

It mimics the clean modernism of the Cylinda-Line coffee pot

Interiors special: Milan’s past masters

How the studios of Achille Castiglioni, Franco Albini and Vico Magistretti have preserved their work and continue to inspire

The newly opened Design Museum in 1989
©Steve Lyne/Rex/Shutterstock

Interiors special: the genius of design

Exploring the use and workings of everyday objects can help us better understand the world, says museum director Deyan Sudjic

Louis Ghost chair, by Philippe Starck

Design classic: the Louis Ghost chair

Inspired by the 18th century, yet modern in its execution, this is a chair for a king redesigned for the mass market

Interiors special: Salone del Mobile 2016

This month’s furniture trade fair will be a showcase for innovations in interiors from both big names and emerging talents

Interiors special: trompe l’oeils go digital

The centuries-old device is entering a new phase as designers of wallcoverings seize on the possibilities offered by technology

Interiors special: designer Tom Dixon

British designer outlines his belief in a style that will endure swings in taste and encourage people to consume more slowly

The noble art of a mason

The earliest known portrait of an English artisan stands out for its one-handed subject’s lack of aristocratic finery

Painted wall hangings: reviving lost art

Inspired by her passion for history and patterns, Melissa White is championing a craft that was commonplace in Elizabethan times

The relics of a rejected queen?

Experts on Tudor decor were intrigued by oak panels found in a small English church that hinted at a link with Anne of Cleves

Wallpaper restorer rolls back the years

Allyson McDermott shows that conserving historic coverings is part research, part craftsmanship and part forensic-style science

Design classic: the Gräshoppa lamp

Designed by Greta Grossman in 1947, its lithe and leggy appearance is reminiscent of the insect that inspired it

Clocks that stand the test of time

Timepieces from the first great wave of clockmaking in the 17th century have enduring appeal — and can still hold a room

Why Jesmonite breaks the mould

It may be a synthetic material but designers are increasingly using it to create natural-looking, high-end products