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Architecture & Design

William Kent was an ideas man - the Damien Hirst of the 18th century

Visit Kent’s great gardens rather than this V&A exhibition if you want a more accurate impression of this ‘father of modern gardening’.

Louis Khan: The Power of Architecture - Design Museum

The American architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) is regarded as one of the great master builders of the Twentieth Century. Kahn created buildings of monumental beauty with powerful universal symbolism. This exhibition encompasses an unprecedented and dive

Handmade in Britain 14: Spring Edition - Chelsea Old Town Hall

This is the first Spring edition of the crafts and design fair and the eighth to take place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall. It showcases the work of highly talented designers.

How the V&A's Glamour of Italian Fashion exhibition fell flat

“The only word Elizabeth knows in Italian is ‘Bulgari,’” Richard Burton once said.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion, V&A: Review

The V&A’s spring exhibition examines Italy’s contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War right up until the present day. Separated in to different sections and featuring everything from evening wear to knitted garments, this compr

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

In his recent TV essay on brutalism, Jonathan Meades railed against the Georgian era as representing a kind of anodyne British good taste against which anything more weird or daring or ugly is always unfavourably compared.

From bomb sites to Bulgari: V&A falls under the spell of Italian glamour

The word glamour originally meant magic or enchantment: to "cast a glamour" was to cast a spell to make something appear different from reality.

Designs of the Year 2014: Review

A floating school in a Nigerian lagoon, a transport app and a wheel chair that adapts to the child are just some of the nominations that are up for this year’s Designs of the Year. With a number of designs in numerous categories such as architecture

How William Kent became 18th-century Britain’s master designer

New exhibition at the V&A celebrates the life of the Yorkshireman with ‘polymath talents’ and a ‘magpie-brain’

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum

Initiating the tercentenary of the arrival of the Hanoverians and thus the foundation of our German royal family, this startling and beguiling exhibition of the work of the polymath William Kent (1685-1748) crams 200 objects – drawings, paintings, plan