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The international icon: Kengo Kuma
The beauty of Japanese design has won fans around the world but it takes great panache to translate it to large-scale projects. We sit down with architect Kengo Kuma in his Tokyo office to talk about the recently completed Japan National Stadium. It’s a building that has given a new lease of life to traditional craftsmanship and stimulated local economies.
The bold business owner: Takeshi Yamanaka
In 1928 Maruni Wood Industry was born out of a fascination with the masterful carpentry in ancient shrines. Today its furniture is found in the Californian headquarters of Apple as well as airport lounges, galleries and restaurants around the world. We meet the company’s president to talk about the challenges of managing a family-run business.
The future of Japanese craftsmanship
To celebrate our book about Japan, we are presenting a new film series that dives into the intriguing ecosystem that has preserved Japanese traditional skills over centuries. Meet the people who are future-proofing the age-old know-how.
Day and night
To celebrate the launch of A. Lange & Söhne's limited-edition timepiece Datograph Up/Down Lumen, we speak to architect Joe Morris and photographer Polly Tootal about their creative processes – and how light informs their practice.Find out more about the watch here.
Funkhaus: on the same wavelength
We tour the stunning studios and recording halls of Funkhaus, east Berlin’s former communist broadcasting house.
Parc de Belloch: the home of Catalonian design
Show-stopping design firm Santa & Cole takes inspiration from the Catalonian countryside and being just far away enough from bustling Barcelona.
From traditional calligraphy to rare gold-leaf techniques, hand-worked lettering is back in demand. Monocle Films meets three sign painters whose eye-catching signs lend character to cities – and help businesses stand out.
Made in Vienna
Craftsmanship has been at the beating heart of Vienna for hundreds of years; Monocle Films visits three family-run companies that have made tradition relevant.
Fuorisalone 2016: Design on display
Running parallel to Milan’s furniture fair, Fuorisalone is a series of citywide events dedicated to design. Monocle Films spotlights the latest products and ideas on exhibit.
Salone del Mobile: Best in show
Salone del Mobile, the furniture world’s premier event, saw record attendance for its 2016 edition in Milan. Monocle Films visited the fair and showrooms throughout the city to discover the highlights.
MonocleWien Products: Austrian artistry
Dazzling silver flatware, a clear leader in the glassware game and sturdy alpine-inspired furniture: we survey Vienna’s best inner-city makers.
Housewarming: Fabrica and Airbnb
Monocle films explores the art of a warm welcome with Fabrica’s design team on the eve of a special collaboration with Airbnb at the Palazzo Crespi in Milan at Salone del Mobile.
Making a point
In a competitive world driven by technological advances, some artisan producers are staying resilient and challenging the mass-produced industry. Monocle films visits entrepreneurs in Istanbul, Cape Town and Mallorca who champion the art of craft.