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Thoughtful analysis and topical discussion from our expert contributors.

South Korean Design by Sophie Hastings

A heritage of serious craftsmanship, combined with a cultural renaissance, is creative fuel to a new generation of artist-makers.

African Design by Anna Sansom

African Design: Using a range of local materials – from recycled metal and coconut palms to canoes – and collaborating with local craftspeople, contemporary African designers are attracting international interest.

Collectible design and the circular economy by Clare Dowdy

Upcycling, recycling, and using unusual natural products – designers are pushing boundaries in their quest for sustainability.

Scandinavian Collectible Design by Emma O'Kelly

Scandinavian Collectible Design: If you think Nordic design is about sobriety and function, think again – a new generation of designers is breaking free of their predecessors.

Contemporary Studio Glass by Grant Gibson

Glass is having its moment, argues Grant Gibson.

Travel by Design by Alyn Griffiths

Art hotels are burgeoning - and collectible design is as much part of the furniture as fine art.

Art with Design by Claire Wrathall

In displaying art with design in spaces configured to suggest domestic interiors rather than white cubes, galleries are blurring the distinction between the two.

Growing Design by Grant Gibson

Meet the designers exploring a new frontier of biological processes.

Curating Design by Glenn Adamson

MAK’s bold move to hand over curatorship to contemporary artists has left a powerful legacy.

Hand in Hand by Helen Chislett

Designers are collaborating with artisans to realise unique work - sustaining traditional crafts in the process.

Wide Horizons by Helen Chislett

The market for contemporary African design is evolving.

Feeling is believing by Imogen Greenhalgh

The role of touch and texture in collectible design.

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