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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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Why go to architecture school?:

Does architectural education need an overhaul? We put the question to the heads of two leading architecture schools: London’s Architectural Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Plus: Riba’s play at creating an architecture workshop for children.

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24 May 2018
7 min

Extra: Oficios Asociados: 

Argentinian studio Oficios Asociados was founded five years ago, with the notion of taking control over every aspect of the architectural process, from concept to construction. We visit Buenos Aires to find out more.

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34522 May 2018
30 min

Why go to architecture school?: 

Does architectural education need an overhaul? We put the question to the heads of two leading architecture schools: London’s Architectural Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Plus: Riba’s play at creating an architecture workshop for children.

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17 May 2018
6 min

Extra: Sitting pretty: 

Thonet’s No 14 model chair is a ubiquitous but often overlooked success story of commercial furniture design. The Viennese café chair is still made using just six components, which are easily taken apart for to allow for a simple shipping that has seen the chair become a global icon.

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34415 May 2018
30 min

Jim Olson: framing nature: 

We meet architect Jim Olson to ask how buildings can bring us closer to nature. Plus: we talk making it in the city at London Craft Week and proffer a little advice for younger designers looking to secure space on the exhibition circuit.

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10 May 2018
6 min

Extra: ‘Brasilia: Life After Design’: 

Building a city from scratch may seem like a dream commission but, as Oscar Niemeyer discovered with Brasilia, it isn’t always so simple. We ask documentary-maker Bart Simpson how much the city’s design has dictated the lives of its citizens.

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3438 May 2018
30 min

Meeting Michael Anastassiades: 

We sit down with London-based designer Michael Anastassiades in Milan. Plus a word with a Saudi princess on the nation’s first fashion week and telling our Arsenale from our elbow ahead of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Andiamo.

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3 May 2018
9 min

Extra: Savile Row – a cut above the rest?: 

Clothing trends change faster than the seasons but the tailors of Savile Row have held onto the skills and traditions that have seen them through. But who are the designers shaping its future?

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3421 May 2018
30 min

Made in Britain: 

This week we look at how the ‘made in Britain’ brand is fairing, sit down with UK chair-maker Goodfield and rifle through the textile prints at Liberty department store.

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26 Apr 2018
7 min

Extra: Beirut: a city without monuments: 

Beirut is a city still dealing with past conflict: the bombed-out buildings and abandoned houses speak of the wars that scarred the Lebanese capital in the 20th century. Although it’s a lively place to visit, the lack of physical monuments commemorating its difficulties suggests a city still dealing with a complex past. Nasri Atallah reports.

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34124 Apr 2018
30 min

Milan Design Week digest: 

This year’s Salone del Mobile clocked a record attendance figure. We bring you interviews with designers and buyers in a special report with the highlights worth hearing. Plus a day out in London to consider design for children.

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19 Apr 2018
6 min

Extra: Designer discs: 

To celebrate Record Store Day, Monocle contributor Frederick Bernas visits Roebel in Germany where The Optimal Media plant has combined old and new technology to become a major player in vinyl production.

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34017 Apr 2018
27 min

Design for the long haul: 

On the back of Qantas’s first non-stop Perth-to-London flight, we meet David Caon, the man charged with designing a comfortable long-haul experience. Plus: our first impressions from Milan Design Week 2018. 

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12 Apr 2018
6 min

Extra: Sound design: 

Monocle’s Kenji Hall meets Thomas Fagernes, partner, director and senior architect at Snøhetta, to discuss the company’s new project in the South Korean city of Busan and how the design of such structures should echo their function.

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33910 Apr 2018
30 min

Latin America’s future builders : 

We head to São Paulo, Mexico City and Santiago de Chile to find out which Latin American architects are making waves abroad. Plus: our Fashion editor on why LVMH is playing musical chairs with its designers.

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5 Apr 2018
6 min

Extra: Politics and graphic design: 

From posters to placards, to badges and even buses – graphic design is everywhere in our politics. Monocle’s George McDonagh visits London’s Design Museum for the ‘Hope to Nope’ exhibition, looking at the past decade of political graphic design.

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