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Graphic design digest :

Coming up today we’re talking graphic design and digging into the archives to find some of our favourite recent interviews. We discuss the art of data visualisation with Steven Heller and Josh Fehnert asks Julius Wiedemann about the golden age of mid-century logos.

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2 Apr 2020
4 min

Extra: Courtyard living: 

Charmaine Chan, design editor for ‘South China Morning Post’ believes that courtyards offer an excellent urban solution to domestic solitude. She explains how they can be hubs of community and calm.

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44231 Mar 2020
30 min

Graphic design digest : 

Coming up today we’re talking graphic design and digging into the archives to find some of our favourite recent interviews. We discuss the art of data visualisation with Steven Heller and Josh Fehnert asks Julius Wiedemann about the golden age of mid-century logos.

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26 Mar 2020
8 min

Extra: Setting the scene: 

In the age of coronavirus, broadcast news has never been more important. We visit Bloomberg TV's London HQ, designed by Norman Foster, to find out what it takes to build a cutting-edge news set.

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44124 Mar 2020
29 min

Architecture and the media, design in Asia and Josef Frank: 

This week we offer some design-minded diversions from the heavy headlines. We talk design in Asia with Hong Kong-based editor Suzy Annetta and Josh Fehnert discusses how Austrian designer Josef Frank found favour in Sweden.

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19 Mar 2020
7 min

Extra: Eileen Gray: 

Underappreciated in her lifetime, the career of late Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray is the subject of a timely new exhibition at The Bard Graduate Center Gallery in New York. Jennifer Goff, curator of the Eileen Gray collection at the National Museum of Ireland, tells us more.

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44017 Mar 2020
29 min

Ilse Crawford, Yasmeen Lari and Vienna’s mall maestro : 

British designer Ilse Crawford discusses her appetising revamp of Helsinki's Alvar Aalto-designed Savoy restaurant. Plus: we meet Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari, and Josh Fehnert discusses malls and the future of retail.

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12 Mar 2020
6 min

Extra: 'Cars: Accelerating the Modern World': 

'Cars: Accelerating the Modern World' is an exhibition at London's V&A museum examining the shifting role of the automobile in everything from social style to mechanics. We speak to its curator, Brendan Cormier.

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43910 Mar 2020
30 min

Lahore, the kimono and the Pritzker prize: 

We talk improvised urbanism in Lahore and how the kimono influenced the world of fashion. Plus: Josh Fehnert interviews Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, winners of this year’s Pritzker prize for architecture.

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5 Mar 2020
8 min

Extra: Wayfinding: a design history of the National Park Service: 

The National Park Service spans hundreds of sites across the US, including monuments, seashores, memorials and parks. Brian Kelley and Jesse Reed survey the design history of the agency's visual identity.

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4383 Mar 2020
30 min

Meeting Willo Perron, Aric Chen and Jill Magid: 

Designer Willo Perron talks about creating a stage-show that pops for everyone from Jay Z to Florence and the Machine. Plus a word with Design Miami’s curatorial director and a documentary maker on her latest film all about Mexican architect Luis Barragán.

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27 Feb 2020
7 min

Extra: Fungus among us: 

How can nature help us when it comes to building products that last? Enter seaweed, silk and cellulose. And how about a few design tips taken from the humble mushroom? Monocle’s Christy Evans unearths some answers.

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43725 Feb 2020
30 min

Designing Austria : 

We’re focusing on the small but mighty nation of Austria and delving into the country’s craft and design clout. Josh Fehnert grills our design editor Nolan Giles on the alpine nation’s high design, we visit an exhibition on Austrian fashion in Vienna and we talk to fashion designer Lena Hoschek.

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20 Feb 2020
5 min

Extra: Go with the flow – riverside revival: 

The banks of Oslo’s Akerselva River are experiencing a wave of change. Landscape architect and planner Ola Bettum explains how to redesign a riverside.

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43618 Feb 2020
30 min

Headline design: 

Oli Stratford of Disegno joins us for the design headlines. Plus, a visit to “The Porcelain Room” exhibition in Milan, and we speak with the design minds behind family-run Italian furniture business Living Divani.

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13 Feb 2020
7 min

Extra: Who was Corita Kent?: 

Director of Los Angeles’s Corita Art Center, Nellie Scott, tells us more about the ethos of artist, educator and designer Corita Kent, who worked in LA and Boston and was an influential figure in the pop art movement.

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