Design / Architecture

Whatever happened to windows?

Thursday 2 April

The epidemic of floor-to-ceiling fenestration across our new housing developments is to the aesthetic and social detriment of our cities says Monocle’s Tom Morris.

The hoarding has just come down on a new residential complex just round the corner from Midori House. What a surprise, it’s another cubic monstrosity with what has become as familiar to Londoners as pigeons: floor-to-cei…


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Tuesday 31 March

We head to Cannes for the Mipim trade fair – the annual jamboree for the world’s property developers – to discover the crucial role that architects will play in building great estates for the future. We also meet British…



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Tuesday 24 March

A global whip-round of this week’s design stories. Tom Morris goes to Baselworld watch fair and we meet the new president of Finnish design house Marimekko. Plus we go to Rio see the bikinis of Lenny Niemeyer and to Fran…



Design / Furniture

Making an entrance

A collaborative exhibition between Fabrica and Airbnb at Salone del Mobile will examine hospitality and hearty welcomes. That it will all take place at a magnificent private home made Monocle only too happy to accept an…


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Tuesday 17 March

Section D takes a special look at the incredible creations of the most important fashion designer of his time: Alexander McQueen. We take a tour of the V&A Museum’s vast retrospective and discuss McQueen’s legacy with The…



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Tuesday 10 March

A focus on African design: Tom Morris sits down with French art director Pierre-Christophe Gam and architect and furniture designer Ifeanyi Oganwu. Plus we hear from the Vitra Design Museum where contemporary African design…


Design / Architecture

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…



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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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