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Everything you need to know about the world of design, from furniture to fashion and craft to architecture. Expect fresh stories, new finds and designers and all the latest news from the world’s most exciting studios.

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Design for the community:

Community involvement in the design process is good for the public and creatives alike. We meet Yinka Ilori, the designer whose artworks have brightened many civic spaces, and visit Tableau Zürich, the Swiss outdoor gallery bringing art to the public. Plus: a preschool in rural Vietnam that puts its local community at the heart of the project.

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17 Jun 2021
7 min

Extra: ‘Two Sides of the Border’ : 

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao discusses her new book ‘Two Sides of the Border: Reimagining the Region’. Its aim? To look at the shared histories, cultures and economics of the US and Mexico through the lens of architecture and design.

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50515 Jun 2021
30 min

Design for the community: 

Community involvement in the design process is good for the public and creatives alike. We meet Yinka Ilori, the designer whose artworks have brightened many civic spaces, and visit Tableau Zürich, the Swiss outdoor gallery bringing art to the public. Plus: a preschool in rural Vietnam that puts its local community at the heart of the project.

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10 Jun 2021
11 min

Extra: Design Shanghai: 

Zhuo Tan, director of Design Shanghai, discusses the return of colour and positive attitudes to the trade booths at this year’s event.

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5048 Jun 2021
30 min

London Design Biennale: 

The team touches down at the London Design Biennale at Somerset House. We speak to this year’s artistic director Es Devlin and the curators and designers behind the Ghanaian, French, Chilean and African Diaspora pavilions.

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3 Jun 2021
6 min

Extra: ‘Mid-Century Home’: 

We speak to Marco Guagliardo, founder and editor in chief of online magazine ‘Mid-Century Home’. He shares the journey of the digital platform that highlights the evolution of modernist interiors, furniture and architecture.

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5031 Jun 2021
30 min

Venice Biennale, part two: 

From wood-framed construction to the world in 2038, we meet the entrants from the US, Britain and Germany. Plus: we reflect on diversity at the biennale.

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27 May 2021
7 min

Extra: Gio Ponti: 

Produced in close collaboration with the Ponti Archive, a new book on the Italian architect, designer and art director offers a comprehensive account of his output.

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50225 May 2021
30 min

Venice Biennale, part one: 

We visit the long-awaited Venice Architecture Biennale. In the first instalment of a two-part special, we explore this year’s theme – ‘How will we live together?’ – and meet entrants from Hungary, Grenada and Denmark.

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20 May 2021
9 min

Extra: The SAS Royal Hotel: 

We visit a new exhibition at the Danish Architecture Center, looking at Arne Jacobsen’s SAS Royal Hotel.

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50118 May 2021
30 min

Rebuilding schools in Beirut: 

We speak to an architect involved in the repair of public schools in Beirut, cross to Helsinki to check out a new retail concept store, and visit a new Aldo Rossi exhibition in Rome.

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13 May 2021
7 min

Extra: Home Farm Cooking: 

The designers John and Catherine Pawson discuss their new cookbook and adjusting to a slower pace of life in the Cotswolds.

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50011 May 2021
30 min

Episode 500: A celebration: 

In this milestone episode, we catch up with some of the figures who have helped to define Monocle’s relationship with design, including our editor in chief Andrew Tuck and creative director Richard Spencer Powell.

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6 May 2021
6 min

Extra: ‘Patented: 1,000 Design Patents’: 

Author and architectural designer Thomas Rinaldi shares why patents provide a window into the history of modern design and encompass everything from petrol stations to mobile phones.

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4994 May 2021
30 min

Monocle Design Awards: 

From a Korean beer mascot to centuries-old Japanese pottery, we meet some of the winners in the inaugural Monocle Design Awards.

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29 Apr 2021
7 min

Extra: David Thulstrup: 

David Thulstrup’s eponymous studio is best known for combining modern design with classic Scandinavian heritage. A recent recipient of a Monocle Design Award for the beautiful Tank bar stool, his latest work has focused primarily on the hospitality sector. We caught up with him to discuss these projects and how good design can help to create memorable hospitality experiences.

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