June sees the return of our Design Directory issue. Kicking things off, we gather the best up-and-coming architecture practices on the roof of London’s Battersea Power Station, in a high-flying start to our annual Architect’s Directory.

After this inner-city slicking, we head into the countryside, for rural retreats in a radically transformed farmstead in Suffolk; a bold but bijou barn conversion in Provence, and Jamie Fobert’s ancient Galacian bolthole. From here, we venture into Albion Barn sculpture park in Oxfordshire, to showcase the latest layerable menswear.

We can't keep away from the bright lights for long. It's back to London in time to see Conrad Shawcross’ pendulums swing in to St Pancras Station, then off to Paris, where Daniel Buren treats us to a sculptural striptease. Zurich's next on the European city trail, as we see this months’ limited-edition cover artist Jenny Holzer construct a monumental battering ram at Hauser & Wirth. Next, it’s off to Copenhagen to visit a newly remodelled bar in gastro-hub Noma’s HQ.

Discover this year’s hotly tipped architectural talents and promising practices from around the world

Calling us home, our annual Kitchen & Bathroom special goes full steam ahead, with 54 coolly composed pages of culinary kit and perfect porcelain. This year, we discover that fantasy islands aren’t the stuff of legend, and precision showering hits all the right spots.

Getting comfortable, we take a trip down a Milanese memory lane, as Picky Nicky shows off his Salone del Mobile best bits, and we remember the most Instagrammed project of this year’s design fair – Marc Ange’s dreamy-pink sun lounger.

But it’s not all horizontal happenings. We get down to design-minded business with the (jam-packed) W* House. Here, room by refined room, we arrange our dream objects, ephemera and furniture.

Hungry work. Thankfully, dinner is served by British artists Langlands & Bell, who have cooked up a prehistoric feast of braised gurnard with patacones, washed down with a drop of crisp Biddenden cider. Enjoy!

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