How to combine outdoor living with the need for privacy? The answer, according to Christchurch-based Cymon Allfrey Architects, is to build a cluster of three wood cabins around a communal courtyard.
Traditional Chinese calligraphy is a revered art form which has long been celebrated in paintings, books and graphic design. We can now add furniture to this list thanks to Korean designer Chulan Kwak.
The Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition in New York is a great place to spot exciting new contemporary design and this year's edition is no exception.
Earnest Studio has launched a collection of products at the Salone Satellite in Milan which stood out for their sculptural quality and graphic simplicity.
Popularised by the ancient Romans and a mainstay of classical architecture, there are few architectural features as dramatic, imposing and graceful as the humble arch.
When asked to design a vacation home at a beautiful location in the Rockies, the team at Skylab Architecture adopted the humble triangle as the key design feature to great effect.
Amongst the furniture and other objects on display at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show were a number of designs which were more about concepts than products.
Fashion is so obsessed with daring new ideas that we thought we have seen it all, but not until we came across these clever and eye-catching designs from the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show.
Product design is a mainstay of any design school, but we are consistently impressed by the ability of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates to elevate product design to a much more conceptual level, creating products that are clever, thought-provoking and often surprisingly delightful.
Design Academy Eindhoven is one of our favourite hunting grounds for new design talent and their graduation show this year proves to be no exception.
During the recent London Design Festival we came across these ingenious modular light sculptures designed by Ying Chang, working in collaboration with Federico Trucchia.
Christopher Stuart, our favourite American master of sleek and sculptural forms, has launched an alluring collection of furniture at the London Design Fair.
Frederik Roije, our favourite Dutch designer and the maestro of minimalism, has designed a clever and sophisticated new chair for Dutch design house Puik.
Good living comes from wellness, great design and a life of purity and refinement.
Located on the dramatic coast just off the mythical Highway 1 near Carmel, the location of the Serenity house is rather hard to beat.
The house number may be 1945, but the vibe of this beachfront stunner is certainly of the 1970s.
Fantasy homes require architects with imagination and daring, qualities which French architect Cyril Lancelin clearly has in abundance.
Glass is an astonishingly beautiful and versatile material, especially in the artistic hands of Angie Packer.
Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places, such as the kitchen of Ukranian patisserie artist Dinara Kasko.
American designer Fernando Mastrangelo uses cement mixed with unusual materials such as coloured sand, salt, coffee and glass to create intriguing furniture and decorative objects which showcase the raw beauty of the materials.
Savannah, Georgia based Korean-Brazilian designer Eny Lee Parker's love for terracotta goes far beyond the odd planter and carafe.
Nestled in a forest clearing in Sant Cugat del Vallès, north of Barcelona, is a remarkable house which looks sculptural and futuristic in equal measures.
The skiing season might be over, but that doesn't stop us from dreaming about the perfect mountain escape, especially if the chalet in question is as stylish as this.
The Craft of Thread Wrapping is an ongoing project by Swedish Chilean designer Anton Alvarez to create objects using different materials bound with colourful glue-coated threads.
The desire to leave a mark in the world is part of human nature.
Never one to let creativity restricted by material limitations, Swedish designer Erik Olovsson has created a series of highly appealing stools using nothing more than pine blocks and paint.
What do you get when you mix mid-century design style with a dash of contemporary attitude?
Paris is well known for its grand boulevards and elegant buildings.
Regen is a unique system of making garments devised by Wendy Andreu, a designer fascinated by materials.
Ceramicists Baptiste Ymonet and Vincent Jousseaume have been treading the fine line between art and design with great success since they founded Atelier Polyhedre in 2007.
Denmark has a strong heritage of outstanding furniture design, but its reputation doesn't just rest on design classics from past masters.
Roxanne Flick's Abstraction tables are inspired by the pioneers of Cubism.
There is much sculpturally shaped furniture around but sculptures as furniture are somewhat harder to find.
During our visit to New Designers 2016 we came across these beautifully crafted brass watering cans designed by George Riding.
At a time when attention is focused on grand geopolitical issues it is easy to lose sight of the basic elements of life that we take for granted, such as the air we breathe in.
As the reassessment of Brutalism gathers pace we are excited to discover the ceramic sculptures of Bethany Stafford.
Plywood is often seen as a cheap and cheerful material, beloved of design students and a staple of DIY projects.
Clerkenwell Design Week is upon us and one of our favourite venues is the atmospheric former prison cells at the House of Detention, where the soft glow of the Solid Spin Lamps by Tamma Design really shone out from the crowd.
We have previously covered the sculptural and minimalist works of Luur, the interdisciplinary studio of American designer Christopher Stuart.
The architects at Marc&Co have designed a bijou studio nestled in a sub-tropical garden in Brisbane which shows how to combine the work environment with the great outdoors.
Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam showcased a new collection of lamps at the Ventura / Lambrate design district at the recent Milan design week.
Traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge lighting technology are the building blocks for the refined lighting collection from Anglo-Italian design duo Giopato & Coombes.
London-based designer Michael Anastassiades has created a series of occasional furniture for Herman Miller every bit as sculptural and minimalist as his well known designs for lights.
Daphne Laurens is a young Dutch designer best known for designing the Sofalamp and Fruitlamp for Cappellini.
The 3D printing revolution marches on with a clever design by Design Libero which transforms used PET bottles into beautiful vases.
Nestled in the woods outside Austin in Texas, not too far from the Colorado River, is a stunning house remarkable as much for its sculptural presence as for its eco-credentials.
Designers are often accused of putting their creative visions above that of their clients, but this apartment in Singapore designed by Produce Workshop shows how you can create compellingly original interior spaces when the designers apply their creativity sensitively to accommodate the client's personality.
You may be forgiven for thinking this is a preview of the villain's lair in the next James Bond movie, but this is in fact a family house which boasts remarkable environmental credentials as well as striking good looks.
As the Autumn Winter 2016 women's collections draw to a close, we look back on the whirlwind tour that took fashionistas from New York to Paris via London and Milan.
Luur is a multi-disciplinary design studio from the US with a sleek, streamlined aesthetic which feels utterly fresh and contemporary.
A few years ago the world was hit by the washi tape craze, where masking tape in a proliferation of colours and patterns are used to decorate just about every surface, promising endless creativity as long as one is willing to get down and sticky.
The 3D printing juggernaut crosses another frontier with glass as the latest material.