News and Trends

News and Trends
5 reasons to own our 2018 trends issue
Read up on the top trends for the year to come and discover contemporary culture in Japan in our latest issue
Our favourite winners from the World Architecture Festival 2017
A mini showcase of innovative, inspiring architecture around the world
Your Yuletide wish list from Poetry
A range of festive gifts handpicked from one of our favourite design destinations
8 great gift ideas for the festive season
For a more memorable festive gesture, give your loved ones an experience they'll never forget
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is an architectural marvel
The Middle East's new Louvre art museum celebrates the shared stories of humanity
The exterior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Image credit: Mohamed Somji. Designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the new Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first outpost of the Museé du Louvre outside of France. The building is located on the waterfront of Abu Dhabi’s artificially created Saadiyat Island and is founded on a major symbol
Inside Festival reveals the top interiors of 2017
Find out what made the cut, from the Airbnb headquarters in Dublin to an upmarket butchery in Taiwan
Ultra Violet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018
Long favoured by creative visionaries, this enigmatic shade looks to the future
Roche Bobois comes to Johannesburg
The luxury furniture brand has opened a flagship showroom in Kramerville's trendy design district
The 2017 Design Foundation Awards winners
Seven South African achievers were lauded for design, manufacture, commercial success and innovation
Do you read meme?
Nothing delights digital director Zodwa Kumalo more than an amusing home-brewed meme
Zodwa Kumalo When it comes to responding on social media, South Africans sure don’t waste time posting hurriedly assembled memes of a jiving Julius Malema or a disapproving Baleka Mbete (complete with spelling and grammatical errors) after an allegedly scandalous incident. According to Quora, my go-to platform for asking clever people what they think, the term ‘meme’ dates back to Richard Dawkins’ 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene, in which he coined the word ‘to identify a piece of culture being transmitted from one person to another’. So explains BJ Mendelson, author of Social Media is Bullshit. Although it’