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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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The French Riviera, surfing and beach bags:

This episode is about leaving the urban world behind. We dive into the tumultuous ocean mastered by surfers in the film ‘Girls Can’t Surf’, reflect on the essence of holiday style in photography book ‘Light on the Riviera’, pack our favourite Odile Collective beach bag and muse on the dog days of summer.

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181 Aug 2022
60 min

The French Riviera, surfing and beach bags: 

This episode is about leaving the urban world behind. We dive into the tumultuous ocean mastered by surfers in the film ‘Girls Can’t Surf’, reflect on the essence of holiday style in photography book ‘Light on the Riviera’, pack our favourite Odile Collective beach bag and muse on the dog days of summer.

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1730 Jun 2022
60 min

The power of cooking, pottery and ice: 

This episode is a burst of summer optimism and inspiration. We ponder the joy of Studio Pottery, discuss the power of cooking with Shiza Shahid of ‘Our Place’ and take the temperature of the art world with an incisive review of Art Basel. Plus: curator Corinne Mynatt tells us about the history of ice, from cold houses of ancient Persia to the wonders of the modern freezer.

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1631 May 2022
53 min

Sun-soaked hosting, handmade knives and tennis: 

This episode looks at the meaning behind the things we own and the craft that goes into them. We meet knife-maker Holly Loftus in her small London studio, speak to Ajiri Aki, an entrepreneur who deals in antique linens and beautiful crockery, and journalist Fleur MacDonald muses on the iconic white Airtex and green turf that signal the arrival of June’s tennis season.

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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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