Contributors / Sarah Balmond

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Talent spot

Tokyo Designers Week is a long-established annual event featuring two key fairs: 100% Design and DesignTide. Monocle visited at the end of last year and found a healthy ambition to champion fresh talent. Here’s our pick…

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Turning the tables

Carl Malmsten was one of Sweden’s greatest furniture designers and thanks to his grandson, Jerk Malmsten, his legacy continues. Last year at the Carl Malmsten shop, 96 per cent of sales were in Sweden.

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Møller light

The AP Møller School in Schleswig, northern Germany, is luring design aficionados with its groundbreaking architecture. School has never been so cool, or soft power so clever.

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Power block

We have fallen for elements of urban living in many different cities and have often dreamed of being given a city block where we could bring them together. Now with the help of a team of leading architects, we have done…

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Salone stars

At Rho, the Salone Internazionale del Mobile’s main stamping ground, over 2,500 exhibitors were spread over 490,000 sq m. The city’s showrooms and galleries were bustling too and the Euroluce lighting fair, was equally…

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Bath time

The most anticipated date on the bathroom industry calendar is the ISH (International Sanitation Heating) fair in Frankfurt. Monocle was there to seek out the latest and the best in taps, sinks, baths and toilets.

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Make it better

Akershus University Hospital was created by CF Møller on the principle that good design makes you feel better. Well lit and easy to navigate, it is fitted with bespoke, locally crafted furniture, and state-of-the-art hea…

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Far sighted

Set up nearly four years ago by three engineering graduates, Aptomar is one of the many innovative young start-ups thriving in Trondheim, the tech capital of Norway. The firm’s latest maritime navigation equipment is not…

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Design dialogue

In the first edition of Monocle’s Design Dialogues, an intimate series of discussions on key design issues, we throw the spotlight on the future of the workplace. You can also listen to the full discussion at [monocle.com]…

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National Pride

Security concerns- and a lack of imagination - have been responsible for the emergence of the bunker-style embassy building. But it doesn't have to be that way. Monocle surveys the designs a nation can be proud of, and…

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Arty party

Everybody who is anybody in the world of architecture goes to the Venice Biennale. So why were there so few good ideas this time?

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Welcome home

From fashion through to toys, outsourced production lines are closing down and the spotlight is being placed firmly back on local industries and economies. As well as the individual benefits companies stand to gain from…

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Upwardly mobile

This year’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile defied the credit crunch with an optimistic mood and a record number of visitors – 348,000 in total, 29 per cent more than 2007, 210,000 of whom came from abroad. Visitors from…

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Best in class

School architecture needn’t be grey, dull and uniform. The inspired redesign of Oslo International School by architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs is not just ticking style boxes but proves that an exciting study environment has a…

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Fast Finnish

In Finland, organic produce makes up just 1.5 per cent of the food market. One deli is feeding this nascent movement by creating a new fast-food retail concept that combines fresh, healthy fare with well-thought-out design…

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This is the way

Schiphol, JFK and now Frankfurt airports have all turned to one Dutch designer to create the perfect signage systems. Paul Mijksenaar tells Monocle about his crusade to take the art of wayfinding in a new direction.

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This is the way

Schiphol, JFK and now Frankfurt airports have all turned to one Dutch designer to create the perfect signage systems. Paul Mijksenaar tells Monocle about his crusade to take the art of wayfinding in a new direction.

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A study in scarlet

Andreas Ferm and Jani Kristoffersen founded their practice DRD-A in 2003. Soon to relaunch as Guise, they are taking on ever more ambitious builds but also apply their ingenuity to smaller projects, such as the Stockholm…

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Salon rangers

Milan’s I Saloni – the collective name for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and its associated offshoots such as Salone Ufficio and SaloneSatellite – are the most important events in the design calendar, with over 2,300…

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Swell guys

British microbrand Finisterre has introduced some blue-sea thinking into a global surfwear market that’s worth around €9bn a year. It produces just six high-tech, low-impact garments and when the surf’s up, the team grab…

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The coast is cleared

Is your country too small? Make it bigger. As nations reclaim record amounts of land from the sea, Monocle reports from Singapore (20 per cent larger than a century ago) and the Netherlands (around 25 per cent reclaimed…

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Off the rails

Victor La Fleur’s unique approach to sourcing brands from across the world has enabled him to build a miniature clothing empire in his home town of Verbania – and to predict what is going to sell in 2008.

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Roots finder

Provenance is set to become key as we turn our backs on products made at dodgy factories in who-knows-where. Consumers want authenticity and, as many companies have found, they’re happy to pay for it.

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