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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.


Design / Manufacturing

Renewed shelf life

Monday 9 February

No matter how grand or simple the residence, Ikea has its place in most people’s homes but it’s been a while since the furniture giant’s designs have felt essential. Monocle’s Tom Morris thinks that might soon change.

We were all raised with them: Billy bookcases, the Isamu Noguchi-style rice-paper lamps and the Alvar Aalto-esque armchair (the one that’s kept in a glass cage in-store and is being flexed over and over to show how durable…


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Tuesday 3 February

A look at business-minded design, with Paola Navone at Ercol and Alexander Girard at Vitra, we take a tour of Manhattan’s new One Madison building and reappraise some magnificent UK office blocks just awarded official…


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