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Icon Magazine

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Being one of the world’s leading architecture and design magazines, Icon provides you with a monthly insight into the minds of the most successful and exciting architects and designers, alongside new and upcoming technologies, as well as cultural movements.  

Icon Magazine is split into three sections of Lifestyle, Architecture and Objects. With features on innovative technology, fashion, cities, restaurants and areas with intriguing design scenes - Icon Magazine covers all aspects. Enjoy each digital issue whenever, wherever - whether it’s on your commute to work, whilst travelling on holiday or perhaps just lounging at home.

Subscribe to Icon Magazine today, to stay up to date on all aspects of the world of design and architecture. 

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Single Digital Issue June 2016
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Icon  |  June 2016  

In our latest issue – out now – John Jervis argues that postmodernism has left London with a pretty turgid legacy, while Hugh Pearman looks back at the greatest hits (and misses) of the inimitable Zaha Hadid
In March, the architecture world lost a true original in Zaha Hadid. Spiky, opinionated and with occasional diva-ish tendencies, Hadid left some writers unable to separate her personality from her buildings. But it is her work on which she will ultimately be judged, so it seemed fair, in this issue, to appraise the successes and failures of her 30-year career.
We also combed our archive for snippets from our coverage. This magazine has been among Hadid’s fiercest critics. Some of this, I think, was down to timing: Icon launched at a moment when the sheen of the kind of globalised, dare I say iconic, architecture Hadid purveyed was beginning to fade, and adopted an appropriately provocative stance.

Nevertheless, our investigations yielded some gems. In an early issue, Hadid talked fondly of her student days in London, going clubbing and generally looking for mischief. By then, she was a bona fide starchitect – with typical foresight, Icon had already harnessed her pulling power, putting her on the cover of its third issue. The off-cuts from that photo shoot, one of which is above, have never been published and reveal the architect’s warm and playful side. She will be greatly missed.

While Hadid’s parametricism has slipped out of fashion, postmodernism has come roaring back. An unfortunate development, according to Icon’s John Jervis, who argues that the British strain of the movement, which found its spiritual home in London’s Square Mile, has left us with a pretty turgid legacy.

Time to rip it up and start again?

Icon Magazine was established as a British design and architecture magazine in 2003, by Marcus Fairs, who was the first digital journalist to be awarded with an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The magazine is part of the Media 10 group and celebrated its 150th issue in 2015, where a redesign took place and it was split into the three sections that you enjoy today - Lifestyle, Architecture and Objects.

The magazine is tailored to appeal to all design enthusiasts, whether that individual has an interest in a specific designer or architect or a particular trend that is taking place. With critiques and reports placed between articles, this magazine supplies readers with both expert opinions and facts on all the latest designs, exhibitions, architecture and cultural movements.

Beautifully presented, whilst being both rigorous and insightful, Icon Magazine provides you with the perfect insight into everything that is happening in architecture today, and what this means for the future.  


A digital subscription to Icon Magazine is perfect for any design enthusiast, enjoy:

  • Insight into the most up-to-date trends
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  • Analysis of cultural movements and technologies
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