Video tape recorder by Sony

The rise and fall of Sony

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Sony was the Apple of its day and more. Stephen Bayley charts its years of creativity unrivalled in the history of consumerism

Cecil Beaton with Mickey the cat, Reddish house (self-portrait)

The genius of Cecil Beaton’s interiors

15 November 2014 9:00 am

The odds were a hundred to one against him. Brought up in bourgeois Bayswater by genteel parents, Cecil Beaton was…


Ukip's logo is quite successful – in communicating a spirit of gung-ho crapness

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Now that the conference season is over, we can compare not just the party policies, but their logos too. Last…

Lego model of Sydney Opera House and merry-go-round

The most inspiring gift for your child this Christmas

14 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the big differences between Frank Lloyd Wright and me is that, when he was nine, his mother gave…


We should be teaching kids to make programs like Word, not how to use them

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Technology is turning the human urge to consume information into an unhealthy addiction. Some of this consumption — reading, following…


The Jaguar F-Type is no E-Type

18 May 2013 9:00 am

In 1951, Arthur Drexler, an influential curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, organised an exhibition called 8 Automobiles.…

At least Prince Charles should be happy with the roof of the new Design Museum in Holland Park

The new Design Museum: Prince Charles will prefer it. But should we?

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Twenty-five years ago I went to St James’s Palace to ask the Prince of Wales if he would open the…

Mauvais goût

2 February 2013 9:00 am

It was dinner at a prize-winning hotel in Burgundy. I looked, stupefied, at an awkward arrangement of trapezoidal plates, unaccommodating…

Coca-Cola’s secular, rubicund, guffawing Santa Claus

In the worst possible taste

15 December 2012 9:00 am

What are the rules of taste at Christmas? How might the fastidious chart a neat path through this garish and…


The Dagenham Dustbin

24 November 2012 9:00 am

For those of us who find passion in national iconography, this is a melancholy historical moment. It’s a very bad…

‘Three Targets’, c.1985–86, by Andy Warhol is to be sold at Christie’s on 12 November, estimate £1–1.5 million

A step away from buying toothpaste

20 October 2012 9:00 am

Fifty years ago it was not possible to bid at auction via the telephone — that first historic telephone bid…

TP 1phono transistor, 1959, designed for Braun by Dieter Rams (left). The iPhone, designed for Apple by Jonathan Ive

Science fiction as reality

15 September 2012 9:00 am

What’s that in your pocket? Magic or art? The near ubiquitous iPhone may be rammed with very new technology, but…


New build

30 May 2012 12:21 pm

The Bauhaus was a sort of university of design, whose progressive ideas eventually fell foul of the Nazis. But as…


Room with a view

28 January 2012 11:00 am

Living Architecture is a new social enterprise that adds a touch of glamour to the traditional British holiday. Instead of…

House rules

8 October 2011 4:45 pm

Britain needs more houses, and the government’s highly unpopular draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) at least asks how to get them — the right question even if it gives the wrong answer.


Underneath the arches

9 April 2011 6:00 am

The Elephant and Castle shopping centre is more of an oddity than an eyesore. It lies like a stricken container ship opposite the dignified columns of the Metropolitan Tabernacle and the sweep of porticos leading to Kennington on the other side of the gyratory system.