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2031 Sep 2015

Home from home: 

As ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’ hits the shelves we take a look at the products, places and people that make for some of the best places to live. We visit furniture shop Førest London and hear from architect Pascal Flammer who built a “stöckli”, or farmstead, for his family. Plus: we take a virtual tour of Barcelona’s remarkable Walden 7 apartment complex.

20225 Aug 2015

Graphic greatness: 

David Plaisant takes a look at graphic-design master Lance Wyman as a new monograph on his work, including his artwork for the Mexico 1968 Olympics, hits the shelves. We also speak to world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind as he reveals the tower he has designed for Jerusalem. Plus: we take a look at chic yet sustainable womenswear in Iceland.

20118 Aug 2015

What’s your craft? : 

In today’s episode we tour workshops and studios from Canada to Cornwall. In Berlin we meet maverick perfumer Geza Schön, in Toronto we talk to leather craftswoman Robin Ackitt of Ship Island Leather and in Cornwall we get a masterclass in blacksmithing from Tristan Kessel and James Kerr. But first we hear from entrepreneur Helen Osgerby on her new Simple Shape online platform and shop.

20011 Aug 2015

When is heritage historic? : 

As London’s 1998 British Library is granted the highest level of protection, we ask what constitutes heritage and what makes this building so special. We also open up our summer suitcase of fashion and other beach essentials as the season hots up. Plus: as Washington DC opts for an official font, we ask if Neutra is the right decision.

1994 Aug 2015

Holiday notes: 

We meet Barcelona-based designer Marcel Baer whose brand Octaevo is inspired by the Mediterranean. We also pop into the London concept store Wolf & Badger. Plus we go to Queens to hear the new beats of Sensory Percussion, a gadget designed for drummers.

19828 Jul 2015

Taking shape : 

As the Olympic Games in Rio approach, our correspondent dons a hard hat and takes a look at the near-completed Olympic Village. Plus we visit the ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ exhibition in Ramallah, Josh Fehnert meets the Polish developers of new design application Tylko and we look at the history of the US Embassy in Havana as it re-opens.

19721 Jul 2015

Modernist Los Angeles : 

We take a tour of iconic modernist complex Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles, designed by Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra. We also hear from Madrid, where an exhibition charts the history of coming second in architecture and speak to Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar. Plus: we find out about the architectural side of Toronto’s Pan American Games.

19614 Jul 2015

Designed for living : 

We head to the Indonesian city of Bandung where architect-turned-mayor Ridwan Kamil is redesigning the concept of public space for a new generation. We also talk men’s fashion for the season ahead with Daphné Hézard and mull over the future of Chinese architecture with Shanghai studio Neri&Hu. Plus: we visit three monolithic apartment buildings in Montréal that offer a snapshot of how good design can outlive fads.

1957 Jul 2015

Fair’s fair : 

Josh Fehnert meets the founders of ‘Fiera’, a new magazine that catalogues the output of the world’s design fairs. Plus Tom Morris meets design impresario Kelly Hoppen, David Plaisant goes to Battersea Power Station to check up on the progress of Phase One and we report from Toronto’s annual RAW Canvas conceptual architecture event.

19430 Jun 2015

Ben van Berkel: 

UNStudio's founder Ben van Berkel speaks to Josh Fehnert about the Canaletto tower where London's Islington and Shoreditch districts meet. Plus we meet Brazilian jewellery designer Monica Pondé, Copenhagen's technology and environment mayor and discuss contemporary Norwegian design with ambassador Mona Juul.

19323 Jun 2015

Sheffield on show: 

We head to Sheffield Design Week as the city pushes itself as a centre for design in the shadow of its manufacturing heritage. We talk to designer Ilse Crawford about The Pier, a new premium lounge for Cathay Pacific, and meet CEO of Montblanc, Jerome Lambert.

19216 Jun 2015

Let’s play!: 

David Plaisant investigates the legacy of brutalist architecture on the playground at the RIBA in London. We also hear from Ottawa, where a memorial is causing planning controversy, and Fernando Augusto Pacheco seeks pleasure and pain at a new exhibition on shoes.

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