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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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Temporary architecture:

We cast an eye over ephemeral architecture and consider the enduring role of temporary buildings. Although most designers build structures to last, there are some benefits to our health and even our skylines to creating spaces that are made to be dismantled.

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45714 Jul 2020
30 min

Temporary architecture: 

We cast an eye over ephemeral architecture and consider the enduring role of temporary buildings. Although most designers build structures to last, there are some benefits to our health and even our skylines to creating spaces that are made to be dismantled.

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9 Jul 2020
8 min

Extra: Alexander Girard: 

One of the leading figures in US postwar design, Alexander Girard was a polymath who created everything from bold graphics and textiles to colourful branding for Braniff International Airways.

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4567 Jul 2020
30 min

Up in the air: 

We talk airplane interiors with Adam White, director of Factorydesign, and ask journalist Anthony Paletta why airports are designed with short-haul in mind. Plus: we jet off to Helsinki for an exhibition that celebrates the capacity of travel to broaden our horizons. All aboard.

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2 Jul 2020
9 min

Extra: George Him: 

Olivia Ahmad, exhibition curator at the House of Illustration shares the story of Polish graphic designer George Him.

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45530 Jun 2020
30 min

Islamic geometric design: 

We discuss the origins of tessellations in Islamic art and ask how architecture affects our work-life balance. Plus: author Shelley Klein recounts her childhood in a mid-century house in Scotland and we preview Monocle’s city-themed July/August issue.

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25 Jun 2020
5 min

Extra: Debbie Millman: 

We check in with graphic designer and educator Debbie Millman to discuss staying connected in divided times and moving learning online.

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45423 Jun 2020
30 min

Design with the times: 

Designer Dr Danah Abdulla joins Josh Fehnert for a round-up of the design headlines and author Julia Watson talks about indigenous design. Plus: Erin Lilly of Kohler shares some insights.

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18 Jun 2020
7 min

Extra: Tragic floor: 

Pilot and photographer Bill Young tells of the mesmerising, bizarre and sometimes questionable carpets found in hotels around the globe.

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45316 Jun 2020
30 min

Philip Johnson, Helsinki Design Week and the Taiwan Design Research Institute: 

We talk with the author of a new biography of US architect Philip Johnson, find out the latest from Helsinki Design Week and spotlight the rebranding of the Taiwan Design Research Institute.

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11 Jun 2020
4 min

Extra: In praise of back-issues: 

Monocle’s Robert Bound delves into his archive and explores the wonders of wending his way through back issues of magazines.

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4529 Jun 2020
30 min

The fine print: 

This week we’re leafing through a few of our favourite print titles. How has interiors magazine ‘Apartamento’ shifted its lens on the home in recent months? What does the editor of Hong Kong-based ‘Design Anthology’ think about Asia’s post-pandemic design prospects? Roll up for our glossy, newsy and knowing print-themed special edition.

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4 Jun 2020
6 min

Extra: Championing craft: 

Monocle’s design editor Nolan Giles visits the factory of the fine timber furniture brand Ercol to see how it continues to champion craftsmanship.  

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4512 Jun 2020
30 min

Meet your makers: 

Monocle’s Josh Fehnert talks to our Tokyo bureau chief, Fiona Wilson, about how traditional crafts can help us to rethink manufacturing moving forwards. Plus: we hear from the visionaries behind furniture brands Another Country and Living Edge, from London and Australia respectively.

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28 May 2020
8 min

Extra: Consider the corridor: 

Writer and academic Roger Luckhurst shares the utopian ideals behind the humble corridor.

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45026 May 2020
30 min

Back to work: 

Linda Morey-Burrows, principal director of architecture and design firm MoreySmith, on how lockdown has changed the world of work. Plus: Canadian designer Jamie Wolfond on staying lively in a lockdown and Brisbane-based commentator Lindy Johnson on getting architects back to work.

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