Design

Design everything for the disabled and you can’t go wrong

16 December 2017 9:00 am

About 30 years ago, BT introduced a telephone handset with enormous keys. It was intended for people with serious visual…

The making of a happy home: cold milk for tea. A 1930s advertisement for General Electric

How cool is your fridge?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The fridge may have saved us from food poisoning, but is it now poisoning the planet, wonders Stephen Bayley

The forgotten history of the Tube’s ‘poster girls’

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Lara Prendergast celebrates the ‘poster girls’, the little-known women artists who helped to emancipate the London Underground

‘Soviet Union Art Exhibition’, Zurich 1931, by Valentina Kulagina

How I fell under the spell of Soviet propaganda posters

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Fraser Nelson on how he – and so many others – fell under the spell of Soviet propaganda posters

Part elevation of a new house in New Delhi, 2017, by George Saumarez Smith

The architectural trads are back – we should celebrate

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I’m sitting across a café table from a young man with a sheaf of drawings that have an archive look…

Spot the swastika: Fiorentina striker Gabriel Batistuta in 1992

The art of the football shirt

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The early 1970s was football’s brute era of Passchendaele pitches and Stalingrad tactics. The gnarled ruffians of Leeds United —…

When it comes to politics, perception is more important than ‘truth’

21 October 2017 9:00 am

I hate to tell you this, but every time you watch television you are being duped. In fact there are…

Man machine: Fritz Kahn’s ‘Der Mensch als Industrieplast’, 1926,which shows the body not so much as a sacred temple as as a churning and industrious factory

Medicine needs a redesign

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Exhibit A. It is 1958 and you are barrelling down a dual carriageway; the 70 mph limit is still eight…

iPhone 8 Plus, unveiled last week at the new Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Headquarters, Cupertino, California. The new features include a Retina HD display, A11 Bionic Chip and wireless charging

How the iPhone came to rule the world

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Rory Sutherland doesn’t have an iPhone. But he knows why you do

‘Cnidarians’ from Haeckel’s book Art Forms in Nature, 1899–1904

Art nouveau owes a lot to this dodgy German biologist and his dazzling illustrations

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Over the winter of 1859–60, a handsome young man could be seen patrolling the shores of the Gulf of Messina…

Plywood at its most curvaceous, acceptable and collectible: Alvar Aalto armchair, 1930 (left), and moulded plywood chair by Grete Jalk, 1963

How plywood helped us win the second world war

8 July 2017 9:00 am

The V&A’s Plywood show has much to teach us about human nature, says Tanya Harrod

Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma, 1969, photography by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson

The album art that dazzled a generation

29 April 2017 9:00 am

James Walton talks to Aubrey Powell, the man behind the album art for virtually every 1970s rock band you can think of

American beauty: ‘Standard Station’, 1966, by Ed Ruscha

How art chronicled the birth – and death – of the American dream

11 March 2017 9:00 am

How art chronicled the birth – and death – of the American dream, by Stephen Bayley

There’s a revolution on Britain’s streets that newspapers never mention

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers,’ remarked the journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht,…

A curse on silky teabags

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Beware this poncy material and its flavour-free brews

I’m selling our Aga. Here’s why

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The case against Britain’s most overrated kitchen appliance

Money shot: banknote from the time of Kublai Khan, 13th century

From Kublai Khan to Charles Dickens: the birth and death of paper money

10 September 2016 9:00 am

As the Age of the Polymer dawns, Daisy Dunn looks back on the history of the banknote

The Soho Hotel Botero

For actors and other children: Soho Hotel’s Refuel Bar and Restaurant

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The Soho Hotel is an actors’ hotel. They come for press junkets and interviews that reveal nothing because there is…

The internet of stupid things is crowding out real innovation

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Back in the 1980s a colleague of mine was paranoid about being burgled. Before he went away on a two-week…

Form, function and confusion: the Design Museum in 1989

How the Design Museum lost its way, by co-founder Stephen Bayley

13 August 2016 9:00 am

London’s Design Museum is on the move. But it lost its way long ago, says co-founder Stephen Bayley

Britain is absent from the V&A’s new Europe galleries. Are they trying to tell us something?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

Before cheap flights, trains were the economical way to discover Europe and its foibles. Personally, I enjoyed the old fuss…

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

Two wheels good: Belgian racing cyclist Eddy Merckx on the track, 1970

The bicycle may have triumphed over the car but it’s far from perfect

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The bicycle may have triumphed over the car but it’s far from perfect, argues Stephen Bayley

The Heckler: why we must stop Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Thomas Heatherwick is the most famous designer in the United Kingdom today and has an unquestionable flair for attention-grabbing creations.…

Hot seats: Charles and Ray Eames posing with chair bases

The couple behind the world’s most famous chair

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Peter Mandelson, in his moment of pomp, had his portrait taken by Lord Snowdon. He is sitting on a fine…