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Don’t look back in anger

Wednesday 4 March

After an awkward exit from one of London’s nostalgia-fuelled Routemaster bus revamps, Monocle’s Tom Morris questions the desire to mine the past when designing for the future.

Last week I was on the bus reading a newspaper story about the shelving of plans to rebuild The Crystal Palace, the cast-iron, steel and glass monument to modernity that was built for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851…


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Tuesday 3 March

The story behind 'Björk: Archives', the new print volume accompanying the Icelandic superstar’s retrospective at MoMa. Plus, adaptive architecture with Bjarke Ingels, the opening of Barcelona’s Museu del Disseny and we take…



Design / Provenance

Flying colours

Family business turned worldwide brand Benetton is about much more than high-street fashion. It bought and breathed new life into a roadside food chain and has funded a number of creative projects via its research centre…


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Tuesday 24 February

A conversation with high-minded Italian architect Renzo Piano about his aim of thinking big for his home nation’s suburbs and we look to the Netherlands where fans are celebrating the creator of Miffy the rabbit – master…



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Tuesday 17 February

A look at the new Japan-themed Issue 81 of Monocle with the magazine’s photo-director Poppy Shibamoto. Plus, a look back at the career of industrial-designer Kenji Ekuan, we savour the scent of Parisian perfumers Ex Nihilo…



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Tuesday 10 February

Introducing a showcase of the best young South Korean architects. Plus artist Anne Howeson’s drawings of London's King's Cross, FilmDoo’s film-poster competition and architectural cut-outs from Poland.


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