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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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June issue preview:

A look at some of the stories hitting the newsstands in Monocle’s June issue. We visit a cinema in Switzerland that has undergone a restoration and share interviews with creative giants Samuel Ross and Sabine Marcelis. 

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65928 May 2024
30 min

June issue preview 

A look at some of the stories hitting the newsstands in Monocle’s June issue. We visit a cinema in Switzerland that has undergone a restoration and share interviews with creative giants Samuel Ross and Sabine Marcelis. 

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23 May 2024
16 min

NYCxDesign 

Monocle’s US Editor, Christopher Lord, shares some highlights from this year’s edition of the design festival. 

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65821 May 2024
29 min

A Tropical Modernism special 

We pay a visit to London’s Victoria & Albert museum, where a new exhibition is dedicated to the architectural style. We also reflect on the work of Sri Lankan practitioner Geoffrey Bawa. 

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16 May 2024
12 min

‘Craftworks’ 

We visit the inaugural edition of the public exhibition, which is taking place as part of this year’s London Craft Week.

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15 May 2024
22 min

Timelessness, part 1: David Thulstrup, Llisa Demetrios and Rikke Frost 

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, which features a creative panel of David Thulstrup, Llisa Demetrios and Rikke Frost.

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65714 May 2024
30 min

Design Miami, Aware, Aram at 60 

The furniture shop and brand Aram celebrates its 60th birthday and we meet Jesse Lee, Design Miami’s newest owner. Plus: we head to Copenhagen where a new exhibition examines the relationship between architecture and the senses.

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9 May 2024
9 min

Reuse, Refill, Rethink 

At the Museum of Brands in London, this exhibition considers how refillable, returnable and repurposed packaging has changed over time. Lucrezia Motta reports.

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6567 May 2024
31 min

Skateboarding 

How has a plank of wood with four wheels ollied, kick-flipped and carved itself a space in design history? The team considers the humble skateboard’s effect on the industry.

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2 May 2024
7 min

Studiomake 

James Chambers profiles the varied roster of work produced by the Thai practice, which includes architecture, furniture and fabrication. 

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65530 Apr 2024
29 min

Monocle Design Awards 

Highlights from this year’s edition of the Monocle Design Awards, celebrating excellence across all disciplines.

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25 Apr 2024
9 min

Capsule 

The founder and deputy editor of the Milanese platform discuss what radical design means today, as well as the company’s approach to translating stories from the printed page into physical space.

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65423 Apr 2024
29 min

Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile, part 2 

In the second edition of our Milan Design Week special, Oki Sato and Sophie Lou Jacobsen join us at our pop-up studio. Plus: we discuss a new title that reproduces the final notebook of architect Louis Kahn and explore an astronomical-inspired work by Benedetta Tagliabue for lighting specialist Artemide. 

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18 Apr 2024
7 min

Nuova at Milan Design Week 

Rodrigo Caula and Enrico Pietra are the co-founders of Nuova, a California-based research and innovation luxury-design practice. At this year’s Milan Design Week, they took over Milanese bistro Via Stampa for their immersive installation emulating 1970s Americana.

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65316 Apr 2024
30 min

Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile, part 1 

We’re in Italy for Milan Design Week. At our pop-up Monocle Radio studio we meet Giopato & Coombes, Matteo Thun, Yves Béhar and Orior Furniture’s Ciaran McGuigan.

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11 Apr 2024
5 min

The FDC1 armchair 

The sculptural lounge chair fashioned from powder-coated steel and leather has had a revival thanks to French furniture brand Objekto. Stella Roos considers its history – and its designer – Brazilian architect and artist Flávio de Carvalho.

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