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Icon News: Universal Design Studio

They are fairly boring corporate buildings, and it’s our job to make them look pretty,” says Universal Design Studio’s Hannah Carter Owers, describing the practice’s ongoing project with fashion chain H&M. The latest store, in Seoul, includes a faceted sculptural facade and a three-storey staircase for shoppers. Read more…

Icon News: Ineke Hans exhibition at Aram

Ineke Hans’ first UK solo show, Mind-Sets, is at London’s Aram Gallery during the London Design Festival. Read more…

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…

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…

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…

Icon hang: Amir Zaki

Relics offers an alien vision of curious structures, at first entirely unplaceable. All identifying features and backgrounds have been removed, allowing for a pleasing experience of the uncanny – these objects are familiar yet ultimately foreign. Read more…

Paula Rego's House of Stories

House of stories is a museum dedicated to figurative painter Paula Rego designed by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (its full Portuguese title) opened to the public in September in Cascais, 30km west of Lisbon. Read more…