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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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Conserving architecture in Asia:

We venture to Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore to find out how architects retain the local character and culture of historic buildings, while redesigning sites for contemporary use.

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8 Apr 2021
8 min

Extra: A real character: 

In Taipei, Clarissa Wei shares the challenges faced by font designers who produce full traditional Chinese character sets from scratch.

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4956 Apr 2021
30 min

Conserving architecture in Asia: 

We venture to Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore to find out how architects retain the local character and culture of historic buildings, while redesigning sites for contemporary use.

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1 Apr 2021
5 min

Extra: ‘After The Australian Ugliness’: 

Editor Naomi Stead takes us through her new title, a contemporary response to Australian architect Robin Boyd’s seminal text that was published in 1960.

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49430 Mar 2021
30 min

Ikea art, Sunspel and Rudolph de Harak: 

We explore how Ikea is bringing products created by renowned artists and designers to the masses, and take a trip to the Sunspel clothing factory. Plus: modernist graphic design and the latest design news from the southern states of the USA.

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25 Mar 2021
6 min

Extra: All Blues: 

Fredrik Nathorst and Jacob Skragge of the Swedish jewellery brand share their approach to designing a physical retail space.

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49323 Mar 2021
30 min

Rivers: Turning the tide: 

From blank canvases for public art projects to quiet spaces for relaxation and reflection, we explore the myriad ways in which rivers and waterways continue to shape our built environment.

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18 Mar 2021
7 min

Extra: Artikel: 

We visit the new Copenhagen clothing shop from the Danish brand, where Gabriele Dellisanti learns about the company’s research-led approach to producing apparel.

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49216 Mar 2021
30 min

Suited and booted: 

From footwear to jackets, we explore the trends that are leading the way when it comes to style. Plus: the latest design news from Tokyo.

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11 Mar 2021
8 min

Extra: ‘Reconstructions – Architecture and Blackness in America’: 

We visit the Museum of Modern Art’s latest exhibition in New York City. The show’s co-curators Mabel Wilson and Sean Anderson give Monocle’s Henry Rees Sheridan a tour.

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4919 Mar 2021
30 min

Is the materials industry changing for the better?: 

Materials are fundamental to any design project but in the quest for more sustainable buildings and products, they’re taking on even greater importance than ever before. From an eco-friendly sample platform to chemical-free textile fibres and an innovative new marquetry material, we explore how the industry is changing.

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4 Mar 2021
6 min

Extra: Capture and Weave: 

We hear from textile artist Anna Ray, winner of the Brookfield Properties Craft Council Collection Award 2021, and represented by House on Mars Gallery.

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4902 Mar 2021
30 min

Back to school: 

It’s back to school for a look at some of the most innovative design-education projects around the globe. We hear about a collaboration between Birkenstock and Central Saint Martins in London; The School of Architecture in Arizona; and a leading glass and ceramics programme on a tranquil island in Denmark. Plus: the latest design news from Berlin.

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25 Feb 2021
7 min

Extra: Vienna’s sound identity: 

Vienna might be famed for its classical music but the city has also won awards for the sound identity of its public transport. Monocle’s Alexei Korolyov meets the reassuring voice of Vienna.

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48923 Feb 2021
30 min

Braun: 

To celebrate Braun’s centenary, we reveal why the German company’s designs are so revered and why its future is looking just as bright. Plus: a new installation in Zürich.

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18 Feb 2021
6 min

Extra: No Isolation : 

No Isolation has developed communication tools to reduce involuntary loneliness and social isolation since 2015. We find out how their work helps young people with long-term illness to stay connected to the classroom.

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