from the magazine

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

More and more decisions, from the music business to the sports field, are being delegated to data. But where does that leave our intuition? Ian Leslie figures it out

They were the stories that shaped a generation. But how, exactly? Katherine Rundell, a fan who is now a novelist herself, works it out

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

  • THE MAGNIFICENT ORSON WELLES

    Visual CV: he came, he saw, he conquered, and then what? To mark Welles's centenary, Matthew Sweet chooses his greatest hits read more »
  • AN EXISTENTIAL HEDGE

    Found in Translation: Simon Willis praises the "dry wit and sharp insight" of a Swedish novel about the ordinary confusions of infatuation read more »
  • THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE SUITCASE

    Applied Fashion: holidays are about getting away from it all. Rebecca Willis wishes that included the stress of packing read more »
  • IN WELSH PATAGONIA

    After years of idle dreams, Jasper Rees visits the valleys in Argentina that have been an outpost of Wales for 150 years read more »
  • MEETING THEIR WATERLOO

    Short Read: for his pick of the talks, and in celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of Waterloo, Anthony Gardner recommends Britain's largest history festival read more »
  • WHAT’S THE BEST SENSE?

    The Big Question: most of us have the fundamental five, and all of us have some that are more abstract. But which do we love best? Julian Barnes, Julie Myerson, Andrew Solomon and four others take their pick read more »
  • WHAT APPLE’S WATCH IS REALLY FOR

    A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage puts Apple's new toy through its paces, goes into space with a team of aliens and enjoys image-editing magic read more »
  • IAN McKELLEN IN ISOLATION

    At the Cinema: how do you follow Gandalf and Magneto? With a Sherlock who is 93 and fighting off senility. Tom Shone is on the case read more »
  • THIS IS WHERE I BELONG

    Six Good Books: Maggie Fergusson recommends the shepherd who is now a bestselling author, Anne Enright's sixth novel and a ripping yarn about the news from Waterloo read more »
  • DAVID ADJAYE’S DESIGN FOR LIVING

    From the National Mall in Washington to a business school in Moscow, David Adjaye makes buildings for the world. Ariel Ramchandani trails the man and his work across continents read more »