How architecture shapes our cities – and our lives

Life and style Inner life Communities which design their own buildings are more likely to be happy and healthy Within these walls: Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Demolition. Photograph:...

A life told through china – the subtle but powerful influence of homeware

Family The ceramicist Molly Hatch researched her family history by finding out about the objects she had loved as a child Molly Hatch in her studio. Family A...

‘A very deep connection’ – what it means to be a sibling

Family The youngest of four, Madeleine Waller knows how sibling relationships shape you. She talks to Giulia Rhodes about her portraits of brothers and sisters Left,...

The art of broken hearts: smashed mannequin to a bottled wedding dress

Relationships The Observer When a couple splits, there are always objects resonant with the love that’s been lost. But what should you do with the stuff?...

An eye for detail: architect John Pawson’s photographs

Interiors The Observer John Pawson is known the world over for his stunningly minimal designs. So what’s he doing publishing colour pictures? ‘I like the everyday. I...

Alphabet art and French clothing for kids: what to buy this week

Life and style Most wanted Min Cooper posters and badges, Melijoe childrenswear, an egg microwave and fair wage clothing… these are some of the things we...

Homes: industrial unit, school canteen, recording studio, squat… and now?

Homes The many lives of one 1930s city building The first floor living/dining and kitchen space with its original parquet floor. The Eames dining chairs are...
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