How to put added fizz into cocktail hour

Design ideas to give the tradition of pre-dinner drinks a shake or a stir, from London to Beirut

Edward Hurst at St Giles House, in Dorset

The thrill of the chaise

Antique dealer Edward Hurst on the magic of finding history’s hidden treasures

Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill

In an era when even buildings had to typify masculinity, the author built a flamboyant castle that was a camp Gothic fantasy

Glaze, a pavilion by Cousins & Cousins architects for GX Glass, in St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, for last year’s design week
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Preview: Clerkenwell Design Week, London

The district’s history of old-world trades and density of creative businesses have given its design week the feel of a festival

Anna G corkscrew

Woman who inspired the Anna G corkscrew

Launched in 1994 by Alessi, its creator Alessandro Mendini based the curvaceous look on Anna Gili, a friend and fellow designer


Design classic: PK71 nesting tables

Danish designer Poul Kjaerholm’s tables, created in 1957, exemplify his partiality for unadorned, logical structures

Lizzie Treip in her east London home designed by 6a Architects
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Step change in design of adapted homes

Designers are starting to address the drab aesthetics of interiors created for people with limited mobility

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
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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
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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

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

Restoration of a one-room masterpiece

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

Luxury to Ikea — design with human touch

StudioIlse creates spaces to live and work in

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

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

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


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