Edwin Heathcote is the architecture and design critic of the Financial Times and the author of The Meaning of Home.

Photograph of the saleroom of the Continental Havana Company in Berlin, designed by Henry van de Velde in 1899, and published in Innen-Dekoration, October 1899.

From schools to cigar shops – the eclectic vision of Henry van de Velde

The Belgian painter-turned-designer was a prominent figure in the early history of modernism – although his precise role is not so easy to pin down

9 Oct 2019
Drawing of a display case, c. 1940, Lina Bo Bardi. IBCV Archives.

The variety, delicacy and wit of Lina Bo Bardi

In her drawings as in her architecture, the Italian-born Brazilian modernist was ‘radical and magical’

6 Jul 2019
Philip Johnson with models showing ‘the evolution of the modern skyscraper’, shortly before their display at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1933.

The most influential and most detested architect of the modern age

Philip Johnson was not the most talented modern American architect, but he was certainly the most important

15 May 2019
The museum of Het Schip ('The Ship') in Amsterdam, designed by Michel de Klerk and built in 1917–20.

Schip shape – the infectiously bizarre style of the Amsterdam School

Het Schip and other buildings of this early 20th-century movement are both hyper-modern and curiously medieval

6 Apr 2019

The modern architect who gave Budapest a taste of the future

Béla Lajta was one of the most innovative architects of the early 20th century

21 May 2018
Brooch, 1907, designed by Josef Hoffmann. Courtesy Neue Galerie, New York

The business of luxury in modern Vienna

The Wiener Werkstätte was a commercial flop, but its designs still embody the spirit of Viennese modernism

9 Dec 2017

Where will London’s artists work?

As London’s former industrial areas are being redeveloped, artists are running out of affordable studio space. Can a city be a thriving cultural centre if its artists have nowhere to work?

21 Dec 2015