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186 5 May 2015

Quality assured: 

Famed Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld speaks to Tom Morris on the importance of quality of life and we look back at some of our departing design editor’s favourite Section D moments. Plus we take a tour of Madrid’s iconic Edificio Princesa apartment complex.

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185 28 Apr 2015

Salone special: part two: 

In the second part of our Salone del Mobile series, Tom Morris meets Piero Gandini – the CEO of leading lighting manufacturer Flos – Carole Baijings of Dutch brand Scholten & Baijings and designers Michael Anastassiades and Lee Broom to discuss their newest products.

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184 21 Apr 2015

Salone special: numero uno: 

The first of our two-part selection from Milan's Salone del Mobile where we meet world-class designers Jasper Morrison, Rodolfo Dordoni and Ronan Bouroullec.

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183 14 Apr 2015

Salone del Mobile preview: 

We meet George Nakashima’s daughter, who discovered two of her father’s designs for carpetmaker Edward Fields and is now working with the company to bring them to life. Plus we’re joined by the editor of ‘Modern Design Review’, Laura Houseley, to flick through the second edition of the magazine and we look at glass design with one of the men behind the Lasvit Temple of Light at this year’s Salone del Mobile.

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182 7 Apr 2015

Making a splash: 

We take a tour of one of Oscar Niemeyer’s lesser-known buildings in Lebanon – the Tripoli International Fair – and investigate Tiffany’s new CT60 watch collection with the firm’s vice-president, Nicola Andreatta. Plus: a new swimming pool that allows you to swim in the Hudson River and Belgian duo Muller Van Severen, who create beautifully innovative furniture.

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181 31 Mar 2015

Nautical fashion: ahoy, there! : 

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 designer Thomas Heatherwick in Singapore and, from Breton tops to Jean-Paul Gaultier, we look at the influence of the maritime world on fashion.

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180 24 Mar 2015

From bikinis to bathrooms: 

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 Frankfurt for the ISH bathroom design fair.

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179 17 Mar 2015

McQueen: the man and the masterpieces: 

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 Gentlewoman deputy editor Caroline Roux and the Financial Times’ men’s fashion critic Charlie Porter.

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178 10 Mar 2015

African design: 

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 and post-colonial modernist architecture are put on show

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177 3 Mar 2015

Björk in print : 

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 a closer look at Rio’s Zerezes sunglasses.

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176 24 Feb 2015

Design legacy: 

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 graphic-designer Dick Bruna.

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175 17 Feb 2015

Design in Japan: 

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, visit London’s Soane Museum and discuss craftsmanship in Italian design.

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