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Konfekt Korner

‘Konfekt’ is a sharp, elegant and well-turned-out magazine from the creators of Monocle. ‘Konfekt Korner’ is the podcast: listen now and discover why celebrating chic, understated glamour, seeking out lesser-known stories and opening closed doors has never been more important. Join ‘Konfekt’ editor Sophie Grove and style director Marcela Palek as they take their seats alongside Gillian Dobias every month. Like a really good dinner party, listeners can count on great conversation, insights, ideas and reports from the world of fashion, craft, food and travel – not to mention a sunny soundtrack.

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Slovenian gastronomy, innovative fabrics and a trip to the Biennale:

This episode might whet your appetite: we head to the Soça Valley to meet Ana Ros, head chef of Slovenia’s first Michelin-star restaurant Hisa Franko, take a tasty turn around Barcelona’s Santa Caterina market to sample some Catalan delicacies, and ponder why taste and place are so deeply intertwined. Plus, we take a whirlwind trip to the Venice Biennale and meet the founder of sustainable fabrics pioneer Pyratex.

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1529 Apr 2022
58 min

Slovenian gastronomy, innovative fabrics and a trip to the Biennale: 

This episode might whet your appetite: we head to the Soça Valley to meet Ana Ros, head chef of Slovenia’s first Michelin-star restaurant Hisa Franko, take a tasty turn around Barcelona’s Santa Caterina market to sample some Catalan delicacies, and ponder why taste and place are so deeply intertwined. Plus, we take a whirlwind trip to the Venice Biennale and meet the founder of sustainable fabrics pioneer Pyratex.

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1431 Mar 2022
56 min

Auction houses, Hungarian spas and being a flâneuse: 

As we step out into the April sunshine, we plunge into the thermal waters of a Hungarian spa, explore the history of the tulip and meet Venezuelan artist Sol Calero. Plus: we muse about collecting with Diandra Donecker, the woman behind Grisebach auction house in Berlin, and discover the joys of flânerie.

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131 Mar 2022
1 hour

Kitchen tools, beauty in adversity and the joy of book clubs: 

As spring approaches we look at how our kitchen tools tell the history of humanity; hear from Ukrainian fashion designer Lilia Litkovskaya, who has since been forced to flee her home; visit an exhibition on Kurdish history; and speak to Afghan-German film-maker Zamarin Wahdat. Plus, the joy of book clubs.

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121 Feb 2022
42 min

Swiss sledges, Parisian chocolate and playing Cupid: 

We meet three masters of their craft: the Lindauer family, who have been making sledges in the Swiss mountains for three generations; Debauve et Gallais, the oldest chocolatier in Paris; and Cicely Travers, founder of lingerie brand Isosceles. Plus: writer Fleur Macdonald discusses the art of matchmaking.

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1130 Dec 2021
60 min

Ski style, Alpine architecture and snowy mornings: 

This month’s episode of ‘Konfekt Korner’ is a celebration of the mountains. We learn about the modernist alpine architecture of Charlotte Perriand; meet Sophie Lacoste of French skiwear brand Fusalp; head to the town of Brixen in the Dolomites; and muse on what waking up in the mountains does for your wellbeing. Plus: we meet Icelandic pianist and composer Eydís Evensen.

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1030 Nov 2021
55 min

Cosy knits, festive baking and reinventing the Christmas tree: 

We meet Swiss design duo Rue Hippolyte to find out about their festive décor installation; we learn about the history of the wreath; and pop over to Slovenia to sample some lect, a traditional gingerbread. Plus: we head to Finland to meet the community of grandmothers who create hats for knitwear brand Myssyfarmi; and Caroline Fay-Fright, founder of British brand Hyht, tells us about the challenges and benefits of sourcing wool within the British Isles for her jumpers.

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92 Nov 2021
60 min

Winter warmers, an Icelandic spa and art in Transylvania : 

Sophie Grove speaks to Swiss jewellery designer Cora Sheibani about finding inspiration in the quotidian, while Kimberly Bradley visits the Art Encounters Biennial in Timișoara. Plus, a soak in an Icelandic spa and tips for finding a new winter coat.

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830 Sep 2021
1 hour

Vegetable scents, volcanic vineyards and a harvest festival: 

As the leaves start to turn gold and red, we take stock of the new season. We head to a harvest festival in the Åland islands, learn about sustainable farming for a London florist and an Italian skincare brand, and sample some vegetable-based scents with perfume expert Lizzie Ostrom. Plus: we speak to a winemaker on Mount Etna to learn about the unique qualities of wine produced on a volcano.

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731 Aug 2021
58 min

Leïla Slimani, art parties and jazz clubs: 

Sophie Grove chats to French-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani about her new novel ‘The Country of Others’, Chiara Rimella heads to Glasgow to meet April Crichton of the French-Scottish fashion label, La Fetiche; and Kate Hutchinson tells us about the importance of the jazz club in shaping the genre over the past 100 years.

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630 Jul 2021
54 min

The radical history of swimwear, a glass of rosé and a train trip: 

Sophie Grove, Marcela Palek and Gillian Dobias discuss the history of women's swimwear with V&A senior curator Sonnet Stanfill, before bringing it up to date with Peter Hornung from Swiss fashion brand Round Rivers. Elsewhere, we meet the Viennese family whose world-renowned metal workshop has been passed down through five generations, sample some summer rosé with Chandra Kurt and celebrate the transportive nature of a long train journey.

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525 Jun 2021
50 min

Greek antiques, making scents of summer and creating a splash: 

The latest episode of ‘Konfekt Korner’ is an ode to both summer and the senses, and their ability to spark memories that in turn work as inspiration. Sophie Grove, Marcela Palek and Gillian Dobias meet Slovakian fashion designer Kristína Šipulová to talk about how her country’s long history with traditional embroidery and macramé influences her designs. Then we’re shown around the Greek home of a creative director who recalls memories of treasure-hunting with her mother, and we smell the essence of summer to help us escape to orange groves and forests with perfumer Lyn Harris. Elsewhere, Swiss-Tamil singer Priya Ragu tells us how she draws on her heritage to create perfect summer pop, we learn about a mountain spa treatment called ‘Kneipp’, and Robert Bound muses on the performative nature of diving.

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428 May 2021
50 min

Seasonal shopping, summer pop and sentimental belongings.: 

We celebrate the craft of objects as Sophie Grove speaks to the glassware expert Marie-Rose Kahane and stoneware designer Susanne Poltrago-Persson; and the writer Fleur Macdonald muses on the emotional weight of an inherited pair of shoes. In Ibiza we meet the female farmers who have gone off-grid and traded in heady parties for a quieter life on the land. Then, we head to the market in Rome with food writer Rachel Roddy to pick up some seasonal vegetables and discuss Italian food rituals. And finally, we learn about album cover design with musician Lou Hayter and designer Alice Kunisue.

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330 Apr 2021
52 min

Spring fashion, smart textiles and the sound of the city.: 

Put a spring in your step with the latest episode of ‘Konfekt Korner’, in which we meet Lucinda Chambers and Molly Molloy, founders of fashion brand Colville, and chat to them about sustainability in luxury fashion and their collaborations with craftspeople from around the world. We also hear from Dutch designer Hella Jongerius at her exhibition about weaving in Berlin and head to a new shop in Lisbon that is flying the flag for artisanal goods made in Portugal. Plus: writer Nadia Owusu tells us how her late father and an international upbringing made her fall in love with buskers.

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226 Mar 2021
52 min

Dressage in Vienna, a Persian dinner party and the power of dancing: 

In the second episode of ‘Konfekt Korner’, brought to you from London and Zürich, Sophie Grove, Gillian Dobias and Marcela Palek are joined by Daphné Hezard, editor in chief of ‘Regain’, who reveals one of France’s best-kept secrets: the vineyards on the island of Porquerolles. We also gallop our way to Vienna to visit the world of horse ballet; get the best tips on how to throw a Persian dinner party with art dealer Anahita Sadighi; and sample delicious sourdough at Kora bakery in Athens. Plus: we meet Barcelona-based photographer Iris Humm and the French-Moroccan journalist Marie Le Conte tells us about the power of dance.

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126 Feb 2021
53 min

The art of scent, high-altitude hobbies and an ode to the bath: 

Welcome to Konfekt Korner, a new podcast brought to you by the ‘Konfekt’ magazine team, hosted between London and Zürich. In this first episode, Sophie Grove, Gillian Dobias and Marcela Palek are joined by fashion designers Paula Gerbase and Kazu Huggler; Norwegian artist Sissel Tolaas tells us why you should consider scent when throwing a dinner party; and we head to Austria to cook up some new takes on the classic Viennese cake. Plus: we meet some of the people behind the first issue of ‘Konfekt’, including Egypt-based photographer Roger Anis, and the writer Lou Stoppard who muses on the sanctuary of the bathroom.

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