John Pawson’s Life House in Wales

A new holiday home designed by the doyen of minimalism promises ‘a near monastic retreat’. But do its lofty ideals stand up against the messy reality of a family break?

Highland hopping

With space for just a dozen passengers, the Glen Etive is perhaps the world’s smallest purpose-built cruise ship. Horatio Clare joins its maiden voyage through the Hebrides

Good wool hunting

The Source: In the first of a new series in which writers make a pilgrimage to the home of a celebrated product, Lucy Kellaway heads to the Shetland Islands to explore the origins of the Fair Isle jumper

The bike that pedals itself

The use of tiny hidden motors — so-called ‘mechanical doping’ — could transform amateur cycle events and holidays