Naturally, the details of personal experience vary enormously, but theres a charming ideal of what a grandmother is that we can imagine or piece together from fragments of benign memories.

 

Given how much we value friendship, its strange that we’re not so focused on one of its central pleasures: being listened to.

 

Of all the head scratching theories scientists have thought up over the years, few have caused as many headaches as quantum mechanics.

 

Viewing Victor Castanera’s portfolio, you might imagine you’re looking at the work of two different people: some items reflect the precise thinking of a skilled technician; others, the gentle hand of an artist.

 

Its very late; more conventional people have long ago turned in, but we have stayed up, to read, to think, to talk with a long forgotten person: ourselves.

 

The Ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said that constancy is an illusion.

 
[minti_image img="3555"] Ferreol Babin was born in Dijon, France, and had an interesting transition from architectural design and engineering into a more artistic vocation. Initially, Ferreol studied Space Design at ENSA in Dijon, but quickly decided that his true calling to be found in designing objects as opposed to spaces. After undertaking an internship with [...]
 
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DGT’s Estonian National Museum extends from the runway of a former Soviet airbase, but its bold conceptual design ensures it rises above …

 
hands touching

An Augustan poet and a friend of Virgil, Sextus Propertius came to prominence as a result of his love elegies, which are the source …

 

The Italian design visionary Dino Gavina was the initial force behind Flos. Founding the company with Cesare Cassina in 1962 as part …

 
painting of a man at a table

Over time, this phrase came to be linked to German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. But as revealed in Mies van der Rohe …

 

Things have got a bit too cosy in the state of Denmark. Now the country’s design establishment is facing up to some uncomfortable …

 
vase

Rust spots bleeding into an otherwise pure white glaze might seem like a corruption of some sorts, as though the pot is spoiled. But in …

 
ever-tried-ever-failed

No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. For Samuel Beckett, failure was the ultimate goal of art. As he wrote in Three Dialogues: ‘to be …

 

Luminous and perfectly aligned, this complex work appears startlingly simple. Ruth Duckworth was a prolific artist who moved from …

 
elbphilharmonie-hamburg

Herzog & de Meuron’s super inflated Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg may mark the end of the era of heroic public projects, but it does …

 
universe painting

When you think about it, there is something peculiar about the universe we belong to. Its name, universe, comes from uni (‘one’) and verse …

 
tower-of-winds

When Japan’s ‘bubble’ economy peaked during the latter half of the 1980’s, values were easily swayed by information that often had no …

 

Tucked southwest of the Indian subcontinent, the Maldives archipelago stretches across 820km of the bright blue Indian Ocean. Surrounded …

 

The papery quality of this porcelain tableware is no coincidence. Argentinian designer Ruth Gurvich constructs vases from paper, sometimes …

 

From Metamorphoses, one of the most influential works in Western Culture, the above quotation reminds us that we cannot escape the …

 

Cultural buildings have always been a specialty of Chinese architect and professor He Jingtang. The Dachang Muslim Cultural Centre is …

 

Interior and design magazines have a lot to answer for when it comes to deconstructing our current notion of home. The tyranny of …

 

Terry Waite was held hostage for 5 years in Lebanon in the late 1980s, after having gone there as the Church of England’s envoy to …

 

Do you and I exist? The easiest way to answer would be to defer to the great minds that have been wrestling with this question for …

 

Look deep into the material structure of this clay vessel and you can feel the unforgiving hardness of the fired stoneware Shigaraki clay …

 

Some of these pots are almost more hole than pot. Tony Marsh’s perforated vessels drift through light and hover in a way quite unexpected for a …

 

The young French designer is making a name for himself as a master of unlikely material combinations. Samy Rio might have only …

 

Coffee is one of the world’s most valuable traded natural commodities, second only to oil. The prized bean is believed to have originally evolved …

 

Like disciples of any new industry, speciality coffee converts are a resilient bunch. We’re prepared to endure growing pains a trends arise …

 

The Charlie Kaufman film is fresh, original and has a romantic depth that makes this one of the most complete film going experiences I have had …

 

45 Years is a great demonstration on how to evoke so many layers of emotion and inner turmoil with a fairly simple filmmaking approach. …

 

Finland is so famously flat that Norway launched an online campaign last year to give its neighbour one of its many peaks. But what …

 

In different cultures and times, the question of what it means to live well has challenged some of the world’s greatest minds. Aristotle …

 

Where was it made? And who by? The rampant rise of globalisation has made these questions both more difficult to answer and more …

 

A three hour hike through dense forests in northwest Spain, will lead you to an eco village called Matavenero in an isolated …

 

Barcelona’s hotel sector in particular has failed to offer a faithful representation of local life. In 2015 the city registered 8.3million …

 

Anne Marie Laureys likens the outer clay walls of her vessels to skin. She has a powerful sense of the physicality and the sensuality of clay, of …

 

When Zaha Hadid Architects docks a parametric glass ship on top of a heritage fire station, there will be detractors. But they’re all wrong. With …

 

The legends of the Old West are written in gold. In the Rocky Mountains of southwest Colorado, ancient mines currow the land like …

 

When Ken Mihara c signed up to join a pottery club, he had no idea that this decision would change the course of his life. The ceramic …

 

I once a recall a friend saying she walked every Christmas in the footsteps of giants. Rough, blackened, hexagonal footsteps that …

 

There probably aren’t many pages in the annals of human achievement dedicated to donkey traders. But perhaps there should be: without …

 

A Separation, one of my top 10 films, deals with more issues than you can think of: family relationship across three generations, …

 

Most medical schools are fit only for cadavers. Diller Scofidio and Renfro has injected a sense of life into the typology with a tower …

 

It is invigorating when you encounter design. Not some temporary pavilion grasping at a purpose beyond burnishing its designer …

 

Having seen off Chipperfield, Hadid and OMA in a 2009 competition, Christ & Gauntbein has unveiled a controlled exercise …

 

This tiny starlit cabin sees glamping reach new heights. Mounted on a pair of skis on top of the Dolmites, some two kilometres …

 

There are time in life when you need to get away. And then there are times when you need to get really, really far away. Belize is …

 

Most of us carry without our hearts a list of places to visit. And what a lot of people don’t know is that my list has always begun …

 

In the afterlife, you are treated to a generous opportunity: you can choose whatever you would like to be in the next life. Would …

 

Norway has reached the peak of generosity with a plan to give Finland a special birthday gift: one of its mountains. A group …

 
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