from the magazine

The Line of Beauty: a single piece of cloth has kept out the elements across centuries and continents. Samantha Weinberg unfolds a heady tale

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

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