One year ago...

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This time last year it was announced that the 2011 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion would be a walled garden designed by Peter Zumthor and Karim Rashid's typically colourful renovation of a subway station in Naples was slated by readers, with one describing it as "hideous and overwrought."

Readers were shocked by a fashion collection made using blackbirds, reindeer and pelts from stillborn lambs, labelling it: "disgusting", "evil" and "a desperate cry for attention."

The buildup to the Milan furniture fair continued with news of BarberOsgerby's design for an ergonomic tilting chair for Vitra, which has since been nominated in the furniture category for this year's Designs of the Year and readers debated whether Marco Dessí's new chair for Skitsch was too similar to a previous BarberOsgerby design.

We also got behind experimental design journalism project Milanuncut, which sought to provoke a discussion around the important issues within the design industry, and interviewed graphic designer Wim Crouwel on the eve of the opening of an exhibition of his work at London's Design Museum

We published some images of our offices in north London, designed by London studio Post-Office and rounded up our favourite projects made of wood.

See all our stories from April 2011 »
See our review of last year »