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'While everyone will agree that the British Library was a little too long in the making, the idea of throwing up a complex theatre at the speed of an office block in Seoul or Guangzhou is a bit potty. . . A little more thought, a little more care, and a lot less arts- world in-fighting might just have turned a trouper into a star.' Jonathan Glancey on Sadler's Wells Theatre. Guardian, 12.10.98

'Ask any self-respecting designer to name the material which has shaped this century, and there will only be one answer. Glass and concrete may have played a leading role in the development of modern buildings, from Gropius and Le Corbusier to Lasdun and Ando. Wood may have been bent and glued by the very best furniture designers, from Aalto and Day to Eames and Gehry. But only plastic is truly synonymous with the industrial acceleration, democratic consumerism and mass disposability of the twentieth century. . .' An unsigned review of Passion Plastiques, a new exhibition in Belgium. IoS, 11.10.98

'Ikea is a home decor shop for people who don't care much about home decor . . . The very fact that the Tories sourced Swedish chairs for their conference is telling. This is the party that did so much to destroy British manufacturing that we have very few mass-produced and half-decent chairs of our own for new, classless bottoms to sit upon.' Jonathan Glancey. Guardian, 6.10.98

'I never wanted white walls. If you have white walls people walk in and say, 'What a lovely space'.' Drew Plunkett, head of interior design at Glasgow School of Art, on remodelling his apartment. Times, 10.10.98

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