Embracing the eye

From all the magazines that arrived to Bloom Yellow in our new quest, icon was one of those that stood out from the rest. Clean and beautifully designed, it's one of the world's finest architecture and design magazines, with a whole content to keep an eye on. Every month there are interviews with the most exciting architects and designers in the world, insights to the best new buildings, analyses to the most interesting new cultural movements and technologies, and reviews on an eclectic range of exhibitions, books, products and films.
Magnificent and accessible, rigorous and insightful, icon shows you exactly what's happening in architecture and design today, and what it means for the future.
Since the first issue in 2003 they've won a dozen awards, including magazine of the year (twice), best architectural journalist and best critic at the International Building Press awards, and best designed business-to-business magazine and best use of typography at the Magazine Design Awards. If we could sell a lot icon's every month we were doing a very good action and Macau, for sure, would be a better place to live. So please come and get it. Order and subscribe it! Indulge yourself!
We have started with the August issue, the 062 edition of icon, it comes with a colourful cover hand-stained by Fernando Brizio. Inside, the Portuguese designer talks about his work and his debt to Buster Keaton. Also profiled this issue is Junya Ishigami, widely tipped as the next big thing in Japanese architecture and a young master of post-SANAA minimalism. And icon explores Dominique Perrault’s Ewha Womans University in Seoul, a glass-and-steel chasm dressed up as a hill.
Meanwhile, has design photography lost touch with reality? Computer rendering and photo retouching have become so prevalent that some designers no longer want their products to look real – they ask them why. In news, there’s new work from Álvaro Siza, Zaha Hadid, Jurgen Bey and Tom Dixon, and Andrea Branzi talks about the crisis in architecture. In review, there’s psychosis at the Hayward, a musical building in New York and an expensive piece of gadgetry in a pint glass.
Is that enough for a magazine?


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