Product Design

Ten things to see at The World of Charles and Ray Eames

The Barbican’s new Charles and Ray Eames retrospective offers a fascinating look at the Eames’ visual communications and moving image work as well as their furniture and exhibition design. We pick out ten things to see, from slideshows to letters, sketches and magazine covers…

Kvadrat and GTF: Cut From the Same Cloth

Kvadrat has become one of the most sought after names in textiles, thanks to the quality of its products and its collaborative approach with artists and designers. In our current ‘home’ issue, we talk to the company and studio Graphic Thought Facility about bringing its Danish sensibility to a wider audience

Liberty at 140

“I was determined not to follow existing fashion but create new ones,” said Arthur Lasenby Liberty of his intentions for the Liberty brand, which turns 140 this year. A new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London looks back at the many prints, garments and textiles it has produced, as well as the history of its iconic shop.

Ikea in print: on successful catalogue design

Layouts are based on research gathered from Ikea’s annual home visits around the world. “These insights are then used by our in-house interior designers to develop our room layouts … so all of our rooms are inspired by real homes,” says Johan Wickmark, manager of Ikea communications. “Each catalogue production takes about 13 months from […]

Open architecture

Imagine a homebuilding system that can be used by anyone, without the need for specialist knowledge; where a kit of parts can be ordered and built on site. In the WikiHouse, architect Alastair Parvin may just have the answer – and it’s one that has the potential to not only democratise architecture but also help fight the housing crisis. Parvin’s idea is an open source home, built for everyone

Constructed realities

Advances in technology have made sophisticated computer design and visualisation tools — once the preserve of the manufacturing industries — available to all at little cost. But what does this mean for the built environment we live in, or how we fit out our homes? Like the gale howling outside the lighthouse, the breakneck speed of technological progress has become such a feature of our lives that we barely notice it any more: the tape collection of recorded music that now fits on a flash drive smaller than your thumb, or the drawings, once painstakingly produced and rolled into tubes to be picked up by couriers, now outputted via PDF and sent over email.

The Humour issue

CR gets serious about being funny featuring
Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, Lisa McGee,
Naresh Ramchandani, David Kolbusz, Roz Chast,
Emily Oberman, Asterix, Stephen Collins,
Dominic Wilcox and the DLR

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