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From Weimar to Ikea … a brilliant biography makes clear the master of modernism’s deep influence on design

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Design Curial

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Colour is creeping over our cities, thanks both to an explosion in street art but also designers and architects’ subsequent confidence in splashing rainbow-hued graphic treatments over their walls. But the line between street art, fine art and architecture is increasingly blurring as artists are invited to weave their own distinctive works into the fabric of buildings.

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German photographer Bernhard Lang first became fascinated with aerial views while on travelling passenger planes. Now, taking photographs out of an open helicopter door is his main practice, offering a new perspective on the world below.

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Ahead of The Design Museum's exhibition of his work, we examine whether Stanley Kubrick's obsessive qualities were a help or hindrance to his career.

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Culminating in a special release for Record Store Day and a digital debut on 19 April, Vitamin String Quartet (known for 20 years worth of classical covers of popular songs) pays homage to Björk with a full-length offering entitled Vitamin String Quartet Performs Björk. The 13-track release spans Björk's discography—with obvious fan favorites from her…

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In his paintings and especially his wildly experimental prints, the bereft, Munch created a universal language of despair

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In 1664, scientist Robert Hooke drew a flea and created the first great work of British art. Without it, perhaps, there would be no Stubbs, Constable and Hirst

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RAU and RO&AD architects design the structure entitled ‘T IJ as part of a series of objects designed to celebrate the opening of the 'haringvliet sluices.'

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Danish company Lego tops the Superbrands list for the second year running.

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italian studio architrend architecture has completed house B in the seaside town of st. julian's, malta, topped with a see-through swimming pool.

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The British Nigeran artist's massive book-based exploration of identity is now open to the public at the UK's most-visited museum.

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‘Dance in all its forms and variations is a very important frame of reference for me; it fascinates and inspires me, because it gives the body and its possibilities a central role,’ explains Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri. Dance has long had associations with the French maison. In 1955, Christian Dior designed the wedding dress of Royal Ballet star Margot Fonteyn,

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Google is bringing an upgrade to Gmail that will let you interact with emails in your inbox just like you would with the web pages they often lead you to.

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Monotype's type director and lead designer on the new Helvetica Now discusses the design process behind the new typeface and sheds light on the cultural phenomenon that is Helvetica.

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Last year New York City (independently from the state) joined Oregon, California and Washington in offering a third gender option (X) on birth certificates. But many other official documents and forms (like passports, licenses, immigration visas) require people to choose male or female—making the process of representing oneself to governing bodies more stressful and less…

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Director and graphic artist Nicolas Ménard has done it again. And this time it comes in the form of a one-minute stop-motion animation, shot entirely in-camera featuring hundreds of miniatures for Mexican beer brand Corona. Arguably one of Mexico’s most recognisable brands, the film is narrated by Gael García Bernal and shows how Corona is intertwined in Mexico’s history.

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Lighting expert Jill Entwistle reports from the massive project that is Crossrail on the lighting challenges encountered on the 100km-long scheme

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