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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Tuesday 27 January

With the international design fairs now in full swing we continue our tour as Tom Morris visits the Köln furniture fair. We also call in at Berlin fashion week and preview Design Shanghai, coming up later this year.



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Tuesday 20 January

From the Pitti Uomo menswear fair in Florence, Tom Morris talks to some of the most sartorially sensitive signori at the prestigious fashion event.


Design / Fashion

Following suits

Monday 19 January

One of the world’s most loved menswear events, Pitti Uomo, has just finished in Florence. But Monocle’s Tom Morris thinks this global gathering of the perfectly attired still needs a little more international flavour.

The 87th edition of biannual menswear trade show Pitti Uomo in Florence closed this weekend. The outlook of the show was sunny and not just due to the mild weather, which brought out the usual swarm of peacocks parading…


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Tuesday 13 January

As the autumn/winter season hots up in the world of fashion, we meet some of the designers at the London Collections: Men event. Plus, we stay sharp for good design with a visit to the annual Helsinki Knife Show.



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Tuesday 6 January

We meet one of Portugal’s most sought after interior designers Nini Andrade Silva on her home island of Madeira, hear from Portland Oregon where a postmodernist monument has just been spared the wrecking ball, and head to…



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Tuesday 30 December

We tour Gaudí's Torre Bellesguard in Barcelona, witness continuing architectural controversy in Belgrade and meet typographic legend Eric Spiekermann in Berlin.



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Tuesday 23 December

We explore the links between art and design with artist-cum-architect Anish Kapoor and London's Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic tells us about his new book.


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