Icon News: Urban Picnic by Gareth Neal

It’s a bit like a Battenberg cake, in the sense that you get lots of different pieces of timber of varying colours and shapes, glue them all together and then slice them horizontally,” says British designer Gareth Neal, describing the internal marquetry on his bench for the Urban Picnic range – created for the Vauxhall Collective’s Great British Weekend events. Read more…

Icon News: ECAL design school

A miniature Japanese garden sitting atop a music box is the first piece to go into production from Lausanne design school ECAL’s Mas Luxe course this year. The piece, by postgraduate student Audrey Temin, was made following a workshop with the Campana Brothers, to a brief set by Swiss music box manufacturer Reuge. Read more…

Jean Nouvel’s Serpentine Pavilion

A lot has of course already been written on the significance of the use of red in the 2010 Serpentine Pavilion – its reference to the red of London buses and England’s postboxes, for example. There are a myriad other things that spring to mind, rather more inappropriately: Christmas, prostitution, Communism, blood, danger, to name just a few. Read more…

The New Décor at the Hayward Gallery

The first room of the Hayward Gallery’s “The New Décor” gives the distinct impression that you’ve fallen down the rabbit hole, imbibed the little bottle marked “Drink Me” and shrunk down to explore the exhibition as a miniature Alice in Wonderland. Read more…

Jeremy Deller's Iraqi car

A project by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has been acquired by London’s Imperial War Museum. A car salvaged from a bombing at a historic Baghdad book market in March 2007 that killed 38 people will go on show in the museum’s atrium from September, alongside the institution’s usual display of military hardware. Read more…

Formafantasma design studio

Autarky is a series of vessels and lampshades made using the simplest of materials and techniques. It’s the latest project from Formafantasma, a studio of two Italian designers based in Eindhoven, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin. The pair graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven last year, where they specialised in traditional Sicilian folk craft. Read more…

No Soul for Sale: Tate Modern's 10th anniversary

Not since Olafur Eliasson’s Weather Project installation in 2003 has Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall felt so “occupied” by the masses, so animated, with people taking ownership of the vast space for their own amusement. Of course it is all orchestrated by the mighty institution, but it feels like a fitting tribute to ten years of the Bankside museum to give it over to “the people” and stage a festival. Read more…

Barcelona's Media-TIC building

A quilted cube inspired by jellyfish has been erected in Barcelona’s 22@ science and technology district. Designed by Catalan architect Enric Ruiz-Geli of Barcelona practice Cloud 9, the Media-TIC building has two facades that inflate or deflate according to the strength of the sun. Read more…

Rafael Schmidt's photobooth

A photobooth has been transformed into a confessional by Zurich-based architect Rafael Schmidt. J’adore Aglisia is an adaptation of one of the 1960s photobooths found across Berlin, covered in 90mm-thick PVC that has been CNC-milled. Read more…

Centre Pompidou-Metz

Eighteen kilometres of beams go into the vast undulating roof of the Centre Pompidou-Metz in north-east France, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Paris-based Jean de Gastines. Read more…