How the Arco lamp became a design classic

Arco lamp

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)
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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
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Denmark moves towards a new design era

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

Magewappa bentwood sake bottle and cups

Japanese design: pure and simple

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

The stand of Milan’s Nilurfar Gallery at Design Miami this month
©James Harris

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

The Harcourt glass

Design classic: Baccarat’s Harcourt glass

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

FT Baubles
©Charlie Bibby

Blowing baubles at Christmas

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

H&H staff admires her nearly completed bauble
©Victoria Birkinshaw

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

Nathalie Lete
©Leo-Paul Ridet

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

Best of 2014 - Chalet chic for mountain living

Are we about to see the end of antler chandeliers?

Design classic: the Sarpaneva Casserole

Finnish designer Timo Sarpaneva’s cast-iron pot with a detachable handle is a marriage of elegance and utility

Bedrooms designed to aid sleep

Our choice of bed and sleeping environment are key factors in getting a good night’s rest

Design partnership inspired by Islamic geometry

Collaboration between Bethan Gray and Mitchell Abdul Karim Crites brings together two very different cultures

Designs in Pole position

As Poland’s creative industry gathers pace, some of its young designers are making a global impact

Take a walk on the tiled side

How the traditional art of tiling endures – with a contemporary twist