Alacrán chaise longue by Michael van Beuren, c1940
©Americas Society

Latin America and mid-century modern design

A New York exhibition highlights the region’s influential contribution to the movement

Design classic: the Anglepoise lamp

The desk light has an anthropomorphic charm but the design was primarily utilitarian

Table lamp by Odilon Avalos
©Americas Society

Mid-century modern’s Latin lessons

New York exhibition highlights the important role of Latin American designers

Smeg FAB28 fridge

Design classic: the Smeg FAB28 refrigerator

Coated in glossy enamel, with curves rather than corners, the 1950s-style fridge offers its owners the chance to feel smug

BWomen in Bombo, Uganda, weaving baskets for US homewares brand The Citizenry

High-end homeware that won’t cost the earth

Buying sustainably-sourced decor no longer means sacrificing aesthetics

The Ercol Windsor dining chair

Design classic: the Ercol Windsor dining chair

The furniture — still fashionable after 70 years — was designed to be practical and cheap

The ‘Magis Spun’ chair, by Thomas Heatherwick
©Chatsworth House Trust

Chair designs on show at Chatsworth House

The majestic backdrop of the Duke of Devonshire’s home is an apt setting for an exhibition of contemporary furniture

The lighting at Stephen St Kitchen in London was designed by .PSLAB
©Mark C. O’Flaherty

Lebanon’s design stars are ready to shine

Despite being scarred by instability, the country has a flourishing design community that is gaining global recognition

Alexander Girard's Hexagonal table

Design classic: Hexagonal table

Alexander Girard’s 1967 creation is an example of his playful and exuberant approach to design

Paradise curtain

Tropical design trends

Wallpaper, furniture and fabrics are awash with exotic motifs this spring

Strawberry Hill: gothic fantasy given new lease of life

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

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

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

Designers switch on to lighting

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

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

Design classic: the Sedia Universale

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

Denmark moves towards a new design era

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