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

Hella Jongerius: Misfit, Phaidon £29.95

Misfit is an impressive monograph celebrating the work of the contemporary Dutch designer Hella Jongerius.

Abramovich left feeling blue after cleaners flood his 'secret nightclub'

Building work on a so-called secret nightclub underneath Chelsea Football Club's west London stadium, which is lavishly appointed with a £150,000 waterfall, suffered a serious setback when cleaners inadvertently flooded the venue's hi-tech stage.

Less was more: When it comes to classic design, Dieter Rams stands the test of time

dieter rams tests "good design" against 10 basic measures. According to him, it should be innovative and useful, aesthetic and honest, unobtrusive and long-lasting; it must make a product understandable, be thorough down to the last detail, and it must be concerned with the environment. Finally: "Good design should be as little design as possible." During the course of his career, which spans more than 50 years, Dieter Rams has successfully acted out these key principles again and again, pioneering some of the most successful and enduring products of the 20th century.

Perfect products: The best in modern industrial design

A new exhibition highlights the best in modern industrial design. Here, its curator picks his Top 10.

Fit for purpose: The Design Museum celebrates global style of the past 150 years

A Le Corbusier villa, David Chipperfield coffee cups, 1931 Citroën 2CV... in writing, the best works of design are just names and numbers. But assemble the objects in a room, and allow people to walk around them, and their timeless resonance can be felt immediately.

For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and their enemies by Robert Irwin

A little bit of the other

Investors snap up Bauhaus collectibles

Contemporary furniture not only looks fantastic but it could be a good investment, says Gwyn Jones

My Home: Morag Myerscough

In the process of reshaping her home, designer Morag Myerscough created a space that became her own retail outlet. Mary Wilson reports

Focus: You know where you can stick these

Now that the chairman has quit, the Design Museum is in serious trouble, says Stephen Bayley, in a frank personal account of a row that started with flowers...

Smart Americans say 'Hi' to the Saabaru

Svenska Aeroplan may have finally found the mainstream success it has been seeking for the past 20 years, says Hilton Holloway
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003