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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

The 3D printer to go on sale at Maplin

Is the high-street ready for 3D printers?

Maplin have made one small step for the high street not a giant leap for personalised home manufacturing, argues Andrew Walker

Animal magic: model wears Belstaff spring/summer 2013

iStyle: Wild things

Shades of khaki and cream aren't just for wearing on safari, says Lee Holmes

More iWatch trademark filings in Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey

Global tour for trademarks indicates an Apple smartwatch is in the works

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook takes the stage during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2013 in San Francisco, California June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Apple applies to trademark term 'iWatch' in Japan

Move indicates company's intent to create a smartwatch

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Concrete is the material of the moment and we like the industrial feel of these bowls by Katharina Eisenkoeck. £95 for a set, katharinaeisenkoeck.comkatharinaeisenkoeck.com" width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/istyle-bright-young-things-8677588.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Bright young things

This week’s New Designers exhibition offers visitors the chance to buy  a future design classic. Trish Lorenz tracks down the names to watch

Sad day: Johnny Murtagh riding Thomas Chippendale, being interviewed and at the presentation with Lady Cecil

Cecil horse dies after Royal Ascot win

Elation turns to sadness as colt suffers heart attack the day before Sir Henry's funeral

MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D desktop printer on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas

3D printing for dummies: How do 3D printers work?

You've heard the hype about 3D printing but how does it actually work? Andrew Walker explains it's like baking a sliced loaf of bread backwards

The curtain was pulled, and the Xbox One was revealed

Microsoft defends 'holistic' design of Xbox One: Is it sneaking a PC into the living room?

Although most of the anger directed at the new Xbox One has focused on Microsoft’s policies regarding second-hand games, the actual look of the new console has also been met with confusion.

V&A game designer in residence Sophia George

V&A museum appoints first ever 'game designer in residence' to add virtual dimension to its collection

Fans of the Victoria and Albert Museum may soon be able to experience its collection in a totally different way: by playing a computer game.

Stylish reclaimed luggage racks from Metropolitan line trains. From £75, ltmuseumshop.co.uk

iStyle: Make tracks underground

From old train seats to Tube station posters, the next stop could be your house, says Trish Lorenz

The Gov.uk website landed the overall prize at a ceremony in London

The design 'Oscars': Gov.uk website beats the Olympic Cauldron and the Shard to top award

The decision even surprised one of the new site's designers

Hamster shredder: Tom Ballhatchet’s contraption, which allows a hamster to shred its own bedding by turning its wheel, is designed to provoke feelings about climate change and identity fraud. It’s also just about being useful, although it takes the average hamster almost an hour to get through a sheet of paper. Ballhatchet’s other work includes TV packaging that turns into a stand

To unsettle and inform: Central Saint Martins' exhibition shows everyday objects in a new light

Objects on display at Central Saint Martins College's exhibition include a shredder powered by hamsters.

Craftwork: Fort Standard’s marble trivets typify the focus on craft from US design. £65 each, fatelondon.com

Born in the USA

American fashion labels dominate the high street, but now it's time to welcome the country's homewares into our homes, says Trish Lorenz

The gruesome cigarette packaging that could become a design classic

The Design Museum in London includes controversial cigarette packaging in list of possible 'Designs of the Year 2013'

Last night's viewing - The Sound and the Fury: a Century of Music, BBC4; Death in Paradise, BBC1

In the second of his series The Sound and the Fury: a Century of Music, Ian MacMillan addressed what he described as "one of the most ruthlessly experimental periods in the whole history of music." The adverb was intriguing. From whom was pity being withheld exactly? The audience, which explicitly became an irritating inconvenience to some composers? Or the composers themselves, who emerged from the horrors of totalitarianism to find themselves wrapped in a kind of elective cultural tyranny?

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