from the magazine

Short Read: on her new album, Bjork combines her strange sound with her private pain. Hazel Sheffield is captivated

My Madeleine: on long, hot road trips to the coast, Dominique Botha’s family found respite in an Afrikaans picnic

Short Read: for her pick of the exhibitions, Olivia Weinberg recommends an immersive show in which musicians break the silence at London’s National Gallery

Reading the Game: for some sportsmen, it’s enough to climb the mountain once. Ed Smith thinks they might have a point

THEME OF THE WEEK...FURNITURE DESIGN

She should be world-famous for her innovative designs—and would be, had Le Corbusier not intervened. But, as Michael Watts reports, Eileen Gray's story now has a happy ending, thanks partly to a new film

They command spectacular prices—but is a chair designed by an architect really any better than one by a furniture designer? Ruth Metzstein talks to the people putting bums on seats

A Matter of Taste: Kassia St Clair explains why mid-century sofas look like a dachshund, and where you can buy your own

Man in a Suit: Rupert Blanchard, an upcycling furniture-maker, tells Georgia Grimond about his passion for materials