Nordic cool and Japanese minimalism make great design bedfellows, as the simple and sleek collections from Finnish design collective Kaksikko show.
It's not an exaggeration to say that Piaggio, the creator of the Vespa scooter, changed the concept of mobility.
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.
Always complaining about not having enough time? French designer Bina Baitel has designed a unique clock which encourages you to take the time to enjoy time.
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?
We may be in deepest winter but it's never too early to start planning for the spring clean.
The annual graduate show of Design Academy Eindhoven is a veritable treasure trove of great design ideas, too numerous to document in full.
Recycling and upcycling may be all the rage, but these products often end up looking haphazard and artisanal.
Korean designer Juno Jeon is well known for his Alive Furniture Series, featuring cabinets with wooden "scales" which move as the drawers are open and closed.
Ability to create ambience is the key to success for any interior design scheme, but how?
In a world full of noise, wouldn't it be great if we were able to tune out parts of the soundscape in order to focus on the sounds we really want to hear?
When Puck Dieben was a little girl she liked to build structures out of bedlinen and towels.
Often we take simple things in life for granted and fail to appreciate the value they add.
A certain Swedish furniture company may have popularised flatpack furniture, but it is young designer Christian Heikoop's Glissade collection which injects a much needed dash of panache to this much maligned category.
Regen is a unique system of making garments devised by Wendy Andreu, a designer fascinated by materials.
Graphic designs which play on perspectives may be old hat, but to apply such designs to rugs? Now that's fresh.
Sanne Visser is a designer who likes to push the boundaries of materials.
Say goodbye to awkward silences at the dining table with Kathleen Reilly's collection of playful table accessories which promise to rewrite dining rituals and put the art into party.
Reinforcements have just arrived at the frontline of guerrilla gardening with Vanessa Harden's collection of subversive gardening tools.
A new breed of Nordic brands is propelling Scandinavian design into the 21st century and Danish newcomer New Works is right at the forefront.
The most creative designs often come from random thoughts of a wandering mind, and so it was for the Parallel Choice Assortment collection of furniture and accessories by German brand Dante Goods and Bads.
Autumn might be closing but it's never too late to start your little patch of indoor nature, especially with the help of these clever products spotted at Maison & Objet in Paris.
We love a good modular shelving system so we were more than excited when we came across Text Block at Maison & Objet in Paris.
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.
Furniture and lighting should first and foremost be functional, but sometimes a touch of whimsy can turn unremarkable objects into something more thought-provoking.
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.
As the rain came falling down during a recent afternoon stroll in Copenhagen, we sought refuge at the Georg Jensen shop and were delighted to come across the new Urkiola collection of tableware by Patricia Urquiola.
The Euro 2016 football tournament might be over, but the buzz surrounding Wales, the surprise package of the tournament, lingers on.
During our visit to New Designers 2016 we came across these beautifully crafted brass watering cans designed by George Riding.
With all the political upheaval these days it is easy to lose faith in politicians.
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.
Can something as mundane as switching a light on and off become a remarkable experience in itself?
As the reassessment of Brutalism gathers pace we are excited to discover the ceramic sculptures of Bethany Stafford.
Lauren Nauman is a ceramicist with an experimental bent.
For those who think "interactive" means jabbing fingers on touchscreen devices, this pinball table designed by Soo Hyeon Goo is a useful reminder of the pleasures of actually touching and playing with different materials.
One of the standout talents at the recent DMY design exhibition in Berlin is Troels Fiensted from Copenhagen.
Airplane trolleys have long been a favourite target of upcycling projects by designers but few have been as ambitious as Studio Knol and Christiaan Bakker, who were commissioned by KLM to create a multi-functional cabinet from a "cluster" of airplane trolleys.
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.
Progressive Czech glass specialists Lasvit put on a spectacular show during the design week in Milan, showcasing a wide range of installations, lights and accessories which threatened to outshine the neo-classical splendour of the Palazzo Serbelloni where they were shown.
New York based designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings, better known as Fort Standard, like to push the boundaries with the possibilities of materials.
Melbourne-based designer Ross Gardam showcased a new collection of lamps at the Ventura / Lambrate design district at the recent Milan design week.
Our lives may be enhanced by mobile and computer devices, but until further advances in battery technology we remain slaves to ugly charging cables.
Traditional craftsmanship and cutting edge lighting technology are the building blocks for the refined lighting collection from Anglo-Italian design duo Giopato & Coombes.
Klass Kuiken is one of those designers whose source of creativity is his fascination with production processes.
Nestled in a corner of the Salone Satellite area of the Salone del Mobile in Milan were exquisite chandeliers with strong sculptural shapes and a delicate demeanour.
Geography, as we learned at school, is the study of nature and our relationship with it.
One of the pleasures of attending the Salone del Mobile in Milan is to discover intriguing new designers in unexpected settings.
Over the past few years designers have been delighting in pushing the creative possibilities of unusual and mixed materials - first there was copper, then marble.