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Section D

Everything you need to know about the world of design, from furniture to fashion and craft to architecture. Expect fresh stories, new finds and designers and all the latest news from the world’s most exciting studios.

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Room for improvement: On this week’s Section D we turn our attention to the notion of “the room” – how to decorate, design and construct it – with a trilogy of reports from France, the UK and Switzerland.

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2252 Feb 2016

Room for improvement: 

On this week’s Section D we turn our attention to the notion of “the room” – how to decorate, design and construct it – with a trilogy of reports from France, the UK and Switzerland.

22426 Jan 2016

A fresh approach: 

We take stock of the designers, architects and fashion folk who are pioneering a fresh approach to their respective trades. At Milan Men’s Fashion Week Caruso, Trussardi and Rossignol all venture down different paths while accessories brand Valextra overhauls its flagship store. We speak to BMW’s head of design Adrian Van Hooydonk in Munich and try out some of the latest launches at the IMM Cologne furniture fair.

22319 Jan 2016

Pitti Uomo: 

We bring you a special report from Pitti Uomo, Florence’s annual menswear extravaganza. Monocle’s Jamie Waters and Chiara Rimella bring you interviews with the makers, designers, thinkers and buyers at the most exciting show in the menswear calendar.

22212 Jan 2016

London Collections Men: 

The great and the good of menswear flocked to the UK capital this week for London Collections Men. To mark the occasion, we bring you a special report from the show. We also look at what else is going on in the city and check out a new concept store in Shoreditch.

2215 Jan 2016

New year, new design: 

We set you up for a brand new year of design, beginning with a chat between Josh Fehnert and Monocle’s design correspondent David Plaisant about what’s in store for 2016. We also head to Rio to check out the newly inaugurated Museum of Tomorrow. Plus: we talk to Mario Piazza, one of the editors of a new book from Moleskine about renowned Dutch designer Bob Noorda.

22029 Dec 2015

New twists on old themes: 

On today’s show we focus on designers finding a way to balance heritage with the demands of the present and the future. We talk textiles with Polly Leonard, editor of ‘Selvedge’ magazine, and explore how the Australian Christmas is coming of age through design. Plus: a conversation with Guido Biondi, creative director of Italian jeans company Roy Rogers, and an inflatable refugee centre in Berlin.

21922 Dec 2015

Best of Section D 2015: 

Josh Fehnert looks back over the design highlights of the past year. Featuring Renzo Piano, Michael Bierut and Isay Weinfeld, as well as reports from some of the best design shows of 2015.

21815 Dec 2015

Design Miami 2015, Part 2: 

More reports from Miami including interviews with renowned urban theorist Richard Florida; Michael Boodro, editor in chief of ‘Elle Decor’; and Gaston Isoldi, the newly announced director of Maison & Objet Americas. Plus: we check in on an exhibition in London that is looking at the fruitful crossover between architecture and disco in 1960s and 1970s Italy.

2178 Dec 2015

Design Miami 2015: 

Today we pack our trunks, slip on our shades and head to South Beach to chart our favourite Floridian finds from the festivities at Design Miami. Featuring Joe Gebbia, Rogerio Fasano and Yves Béhar, as well as our highlights from the show.

2161 Dec 2015

Interior life: 

This week we turn our attention to interiors, from Italian furniture to Kuwaiti entertainment spaces. We get a masterclass in interior design from renowned British designer Tara Bernerd. Plus Graeme Brooker, head of interior design at London's Royal College of Art, gives us an insight into how he's training the next generation of talent.

21524 Nov 2015

Going their own way: 

We shine a spotlight on the makers and companies doing things their own way. From Vienna to Melbourne, cushy hotel interiors to factories past and present, Monocle celebrates independence across the spectrum of design.

21417 Nov 2015

Future of design: 

We discuss the role of design in our cities and the future of fonts with legendary graphic designer Lance Wyman. Plus, we take a little time to learn about a London-based watch fair that’s ticking over nicely.

21310 Nov 2015

Architecture and urbanism: 

We peruse the displays at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. Then we take a look at post-war buildings across England and hear from some longstanding East London manufacturers who are bucking the trend of constant change that’s come to define their neighbourhoods.

2123 Nov 2015

From Chicago to Rovaniemi : 

We hear how the Windy City is trying to reposition itself as a world centre of architecture and discuss the work of Finnish master Alvar Aalto in the remote Lap city of Rovaniemi. Plus: which products we think no good home should be without this year and a look back at Expo Milano 2015 as it finally closes its doors.

21127 Oct 2015

Logo modernism: 

Josh Fehnert investigates the modernist roots of the corporate logo by speaking to the editor of a vast new compendium on the subject. As Adobe Photoshop celebrates its 25th anniversary we look at the impact this program has had on those who make images. Plus we meet the team at urban design studio Wayward and those behind bag brand Hill & Friends.

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