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I'm a design journalist and entrepreneur and the founder and editor-in-chief of online architecture and design magazine Dezeen (

One of the world's most popular and influential design websites, Dezeen gets over a million unique visits every month and was named as one of the 100 most important forces in global design by both Time magazine and AD magazine.

Previously I was launch editor of international architecture and design magazine Icon, which I edited from 2003 to 2006. Before that I worked for and on a variety of publications including The Guardian, Wallpaper*, Blueprint, The Independent, Building Magazine and Building Design.

I'm the author of the best-selling book Twenty-First Century Design, first published in 2006 by Carlton Books. The first edition sold out and was reissued in June 2009. My second book, Green Design, was published in March 2009 by Carlton Books.

I edited and wrote much of Dezeen Book of Ideas, a compilation of over 100 of the most original and inspiring designs from, which was published in September 2011.

My television experience includes Profiles: Philippe Starck, which I wrote and presented for BBC4 in 2003, and numerous on-screen contributor roles in documentary series including Home (BBC2, 206) and The National Trust (Channel 4, 2004).

I have won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002), Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004), Launch of the Year for Icon magazine (2003), BSME Brand-Building Initiative of the Year (2002) and AOP Digital Business Publisher of the Year for Dezeen (2012).

I live and work in London and am married with two children. My interests include gardening, snowboarding and playing guitar.

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From vast architectural projects to modest one-off pieces of salvaged furniture, "Green Design" shows how the design world is responding to the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century. Emerging trends in green design are covered, such as recycling and ethical sourcing. Also considered is the parallel issue of social sustainability, where the welfare of factory workers is given equal importance to environmental issues, and the idea of Cradle to Cradle enterprises, where a product can be reused over several product histories or unending 'loops'. By showcasing existing green innovations as well as visionary projects that will be built in the coming years, including the world's first zero-carbon city, "Green Design" paints a future where technology and ethics merge.

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Lecturer, entrepreneur, curator and award-winning journalist Marcus Fairs, formerly founding editor of icon magazine, is editor of online design magazine Dezeen ( He has appeared on BBC TV, notably in his documentary about Philippe Starck (2003) and Home (2006). In autumn 2007 Marcus devised and curated the Trash Luxe exhibition of recycled design at Liberty's London. He lives in London, England.

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