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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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‘Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols’:

First published more than 50 years ago, Henry Dreyfuss’s ‘Symbol Sourcebook’ remains a key text for graphic designers. Emily Orr, associate curator at New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, explains why it’s the focus of a new exhibition and how symbols have changed over time.

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11 Jul 2024
9 min

‘Give Me a Sign: The Language of Symbols’ 

First published more than 50 years ago, Henry Dreyfuss’s ‘Symbol Sourcebook’ remains a key text for graphic designers. Emily Orr, associate curator at New York’s Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, explains why it’s the focus of a new exhibition and how symbols have changed over time.

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6659 Jul 2024
39 min

Reimagining design museums 

What is the role of design museums today? We look at projects exploring what these spaces could be, from architectural competitions to exhibitions seeking to curate a nation’s design culture.

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4 Jul 2024
10 min

Habitat at 60 

Since its founding in 1964 by Terence Conran, Habitat has brought contemporary homeware and European flair to UK shoppers. Emma Nelson reports.

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6642 Jul 2024
31 min

Design Parade 

We find out why this international festival in Hyères and Toulon continues to be a boon for young designers. 

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27 Jun 2024
12 min

‘Danish Modern’ 

Design Museum Denmark’s new permanent exhibition explores the evolution of furniture design in the Nordic nation in the past century. Monocle’s Michael Booth reports from Copenhagen.

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26 Jun 2024
24 min

Timelessness Part 4: David Thulstrup, Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Thomas Ibsen 

How do we design for timelessness? And how do we strike a balance between human-centric design features and technical innovation? It’s a topic that V-Zug are unpacking in this special episode of ‘Monocle on Design’ featuring a panel of creatives including David Thulstrup, Josephine Akvama Hoffmeyer and Thomas Ibsen.

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66325 Jun 2024
34 min

Fashion week round-up 

Monocle’s fashion director, Natalie Theodosi, rounds up recent fashion weeks from Florence, Milan and Paris. Plus: we hear from UK tailoring titan Paul Smith. 

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20 Jun 2024
6 min

Extra: 3 Days of Design: GamFratesi 

Stina Gam and Enrico Fratesi, co-founders of the Copenhagen-based design studio, GamFratesi discuss their collaboration with Japanese lifestyle brand Koyori and Michael Anastassiades.

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66218 Jun 2024
33 min

3 Days of Design 2024 

The Monocle team reflects on Copenhagen’s 3 Days of Design festival. We visit the Danish capital’s showrooms, galleries and exhibitions, where a host of leading designers and brands are presenting their latest and greatest wares. We hear from the likes of Kasper Simonsen, Maria Bruun, Bill Amberg and Paula Day.

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13 Jun 2024
13 min

Design Miami Basel 

The 18th edition of Design Miami is under way at Basel’s iconic Messeplatz. We meet some of the award-winning exhibitors whose work is on show this week. 

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12 Jun 2024
24 min

Timelessness, part 3: Jay Osgerby, Simone Farresin and Tosin Oshinowo 

How do we design for timelessness? And how do we strike a balance between human-centric design features and technical innovation? It's a topic that V-Zug discusses in this special episode of ‘Monocle on Design’ featuring a creative panel of Jay Osgerby, Simone Farresin and Tosin Oshinowo.

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66111 Jun 2024
35 min

London Festival of Architecture 

The team meets some of the participants hosting events, walks, exhibitions and open studios across the metropolis. 

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6 Jun 2024
4 min

Keiji Takeuchi 

The Milan-based designer shares some of the principles central to his design process. 

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6604 Jun 2024
29 min

David Rockwell, repurposing seafood waste, Tom Fereday 

Architect David Rockwell reflects on his 40-year career, during which he has created a sense of drama through design, both on and off stage. We also meet emerging designers turning seafood waste into glassware and fashion. Plus: product-and-furniture designer Tom Fereday shares how the Australian industry continues to flourish. 

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30 May 2024
9 min

Lisbon Design Week 

We meet some of the designers participating in the second iteration of the citywide event. 

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