Explaining design to the non-initiated often falls to a few well-known industry figures. Philippe Starck attempted to clarify a few things for The Independent’s readers last week. He was asked if he could redesign the umbrella. ‘The umbrella can be very disobedient, non? My advice? Get a raincoat,’ he says. When trying to explain where design sits in the bigger picture: ‘I try to show that we burn crystal of mud, we become bacteria, we become fish, we become monkey, we become super-monkey and from super-monkey, we become what we are today.’ And so say all of us.
The galleries in Great Missenden explore the life of the children’s author, who lived in the village – an inspiration for many stories – for 36 years.
The Nottinghamshire forest best known for its association with make-believe rogue and hero Robin Hood has had a revamp, with a new visitor centre, branding and wayfinding centred around environment
The Wild lets users design spaces and share their vision “in real time”, which the company claims can help bridge the gap between ideas and reality
McDermott & McGough’s piece is a functional, secular safe space that can be used by the public for quiet contemplation or hired out for ceremonies.