Monthly archives: September 2011

Kieran Long reviews Perspectives
by John Pawson


Dezeen Wire:
architect John Pawson talks to critic Kieran Long about his installation at St Paul’s Cathedral, which features a large mirror reflecting the interior of a helical staircase. The minimal but technically complex installation is open from 19-23 September as part of the London Design Festival - London Evening Standard

See all our stories about John Pawson on Dezeen here and listen to our podcast interview with the architect here.

See all stories about this year's London Design Festival here.

100th issue of Icon magazine
out now


Dezeen Wire:
architecture and design magazine Icon has published its 100th issue, featuring a cover designed by Rem Koolhaas’ practice OMA, an exploded cake made by food designers Blanch & Shock and birthday cards from previous cover stars.

The magazine also includes a review of the new extension to the High Line park in New York, a profile of design gallerist Libby Sellers, a behind-the-scenes look at OMA's Rotterdam headquarters and a feature on the playful and conceptual work of designer Dominic Wilcox.

Icon will be on sale at Dezeen Space, 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QN from 17 September to 16 October.

Pecha Kucha at designjunction

Pecha Kucha at designjunction

London Design Festival 2011: Dezeen and designjunction invite you to a party at designjunction,  Victoria House Basement, 37 – 63 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4DA from 7.30pm on Friday 23 September. The evening will include Pecha Kucha organised by Modus, with designers Shin Azumi, Luke Pearson, Dominic Wilcox, Dezeen's Marcus Fairs and more. See you there!

Read more about designjunction here and more about the London Design Festival here.

RIBA report highlights "shameful
shoe box homes"


Dezeen Wire:
the Royal Institute of British Architects has released a report stating that house builders are failing to meet minimum space requirements for new homes. The Case for Space report claims that customers are not being provided with necessary information about the size of space they are purchasing. The report is part of the RIBA's HomeWise campaign that demands better information from estate agents and house builders and provides an online resource for house buyers. More »

Economist article focuses on
retrofitted buildings


Dezeen Wire:
the practical trend of adapting and reusing existing buildings is the focus of an article by Giovanna Dunmall in The Economist.

Dunmall points to an office building by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and the redevelopment of The Royal Shakespeare Company headquarters by Bennetts Associates Architects, both of which were nominated for this year's Stirling Prize. Read the full story here.

"Has postmodernist design eaten itself?"
- The Guardian


Dezeen Wire:
Justin McGuirk of The Guardian is the latest critic to write about the kitsch revival of postmodernism, which he says remains popular with consumers - The Guardian

A retrospective about the postmodern movement opens at the Victoria & Albert museum on 24 September. See recent articles on postmodernism by Alice Rawsthorn for The New York Times and Rowan Moore in The Observer.

Read all our Dezeen Wire stories about Justin McGuirk