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Heart of glass:

A visit to Venice Glass Week to speak with makers and experts such as Rosa Barovier and Simone Cenedese, who discuss their delicate and highly skilled work. Plus: Czech sculptor, glass and product designer Rony Plesl.

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10 Oct 2019
6 min

Extra: ‘Sound in Mind’ with Yuri Suzuki: 

We speak to the sound designer and audio-branding specialist about his new showcase, currently at London’s Design Museum.

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4178 Oct 2019
30 min

Heart of glass: 

A visit to Venice Glass Week to speak with makers and experts such as Rosa Barovier and Simone Cenedese, who discuss their delicate and highly skilled work. Plus: Czech sculptor, glass and product designer Rony Plesl.

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3 Oct 2019
7 min

Extra: The Antwerp Six: 

In the late 1980s a group of fashion graduates piled into a van with their collections, drove to London and took the British Designer Show by storm, forging the futures of the so-called Antwerp Six.

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4161 Oct 2019
30 min

Form, function and the future: 

We visit the Mingeikan – the Japan Folk Crafts Museum – to speak to its director-designer Naoto Fukasawa, who has used Japan’s Mingei crafts movement to inform his globally renowned products. Plus: we look at design’s future and the role of artificial intelligence with Daisuke Ishii, Sony’s chief art director, discussing the brand’s ‘Affinity in Autonomy’ installation.

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26 Sep 2019
3 min

Extra: A higher power: 

In an increasingly secular society, designs for worship are changing to reflect the needs of parishioners, many of whom crave calm in busy cities. Monocle’s Design editor Nolan Giles takes a closer look at modern religious architecture.

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41524 Sep 2019
30 min

London Design Festival: 

We bring you the best from London Design Festival, including interviews with festival director Ben Evans, experimental designer Marlène Huissoud and Sir Ian Blatchford of the Science Museum, Italian furniture master Patrizia Moroso and sculpture designer Liz West. Plus Paul Cocksedge explains how he made his standout “Please Be Seated” installation.

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19 Sep 2019
6 min

Extra: ‘Exploring the city’: 

Ahead of our full report from the event, we speak to Ben Evans, co-founder and director of London Design Festival, about how temporary spaces can inspire lasting change in a city’s design outlook.

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41417 Sep 2019
27 min

Under the covers: 

We welcome back design writer Katie Treggiden to run through the sharpest magazines and publishing projects catching her eye. Plus: our creative director Richard Spencer Powell talks about designing not only the latest edition of the magazine but a new soon-to-launch title from the Monocle stable.

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12 Sep 2019
6 min

Extra: ‘Creative Spaces’: 

We speak to Ted Vadakan who co-founded LA art-and-design brand Poketo along with Angie Myung. He talks about their new book ‘Creative Spaces’.

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41310 Sep 2019
30 min

Istanbul’s design future: 

Monocle’s Nolan Giles explores an Istanbul neighbourhood that is being reinvigorated by design and pays a visit to the city’s Bilgi University Faculty of Architecture. Plus: we check out Design Week Helsinki and speak to Philippe Brocart, managing director of world-leading interiors fair Maison et Objet.

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5 Sep 2019
7 min

Extra: Inner worlds: 

A look at hidden design and architecture that's tucked away from the street, as we speak with photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre about their project "Budapest Courtyards".

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4123 Sep 2019
30 min

Outside the box: 

Author Shiromi Pinto speaks to Josh Fehnert about her architecturally informed novel ‘Plastic Emotions’, which details the relationship between Sri Lankan modernist architect Minnette de Silva and Swiss-French design icon Le Corbusier. Plus: in praise of courtyards and the latest design headlines from Katie Treggiden.

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30 Aug 2019
6 min

Extra: Supermarket sweep: 

We check out supermarket design and learn why the architecture of one outlet in London, created by architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, is now protected as a heritage site.

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41127 Aug 2019
30 min

Landscape architecture, a portrait: 

Architecture prizes are many but what about an award for the all-important spaces between buildings? We speak to the founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation to find out more. Plus: a look at the prints and textiles of William Morris, and a preview of the Design Biennale Zürich.

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22 Aug 2019
4 min

Extra: Smooth ride : 

The story of the Yamaha Passol, the minimalist motorcycle from Japan, whose design helped pave the way for some of today’s more zippy two-wheeled wonders.

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