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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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Merging architecture with the natural world:

Dutch architect Winy Maas discusses his latest project and the importance of a strong relationship between architecture and the natural world. Plus, we delve into the world of Danish silverware, reflect on the trends coming out of Milan fashion week and explore Swiss sustainability.

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46829 Sep 2020
30 min

Merging architecture with the natural world: 

Dutch architect Winy Maas discusses his latest project and the importance of a strong relationship between architecture and the natural world. Plus, we delve into the world of Danish silverware, reflect on the trends coming out of Milan fashion week and explore Swiss sustainability.

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24 Sep 2020
4 min

Extra: Finding a way : 

Tim Fendley, founder and creative director of design consultancy Applied Wayfinding, explains the importance of engaging people through beautiful design.

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46722 Sep 2020
30 min

Green buildings and landscapes – how do we make them?: 

From sustainable concrete alternatives to urban reforestation, we talk to architects, landscape architects and designers who are finding innovative ways to make their projects – and our planet – just a little bit better.

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17 Sep 2020
6 min

Extra: What exactly is user experience design?: 

User experience design is a term that’s often thrown around by brands when they launch new products. But what exactly is it? Irene Au, former director of UX at Google, explains.

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46615 Sep 2020
30 min

Why are the Danes so good at design? : 

We travel to Copenhagen for the annual 3 Days of Design event to explore what makes Danish design unique and why it can be an important soft-power tool on the international stage.

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10 Sep 2020
8 min

Extra: Venice Glass Week: 

Looking for a crystal-clear take on Venice Glass Week? Monocle’s Ed Stocker checks in with WonderGlass, the brand that bonds traditional Italian craftsmanship with contemporary design.

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4658 Sep 2020
30 min

Business of design: 

Design is a serious business and so is the business of design. We visit the Copenhagen furniture firm with a completely flat-pack inventory and find out about the DNA of bootmaking with heritage brand John Lobb. Plus: the Montréal duo whose newest venture focuses on good design and the stories behind it.

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3 Sep 2020
8 min

Extra: Memorialise: 

Award-winning designer Es Devlin and her longtime collaborator Machiko Weston share their recent digital artwork, “I saw the world end”, marking the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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4641 Sep 2020
30 min

Get moving: 

Get moving: This week we have a spring in our step - we get moving and bring you a few stories that are featured in Monocle’s September issue and much more.

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27 Aug 2020
5 min

Extra: ‘Playgrounds: Artefacts for interaction’: 

Felipe Ferrer, the curator of the Peruvian pavilion, tells us what would have been in store at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale.

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46325 Aug 2020
30 min

Biennale special – part 2: 

In the second of a two-part special, we explore the brilliance of biennales. We imagine what the inaugural Monocle Architectural Biennale could look like with the help of London’s Resolve Collective and Chat architects of Bangkok. Plus: we hear the second half of an interview with Hashim Sarkis, curator of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale.

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20 Aug 2020
5 min

Extra: ‘The Ark Re-imagined: The Expeditionary Pavilion’ : 

The Iraq pavilion curator Rashad Salim shares what would have been in store for the 2020 Venice Biennale of Architecture. 

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46218 Aug 2020
30 min

Biennale special – part 1: 

In the first of a two-part special, we explore the brilliance of biennales by talking to Hashim Sarkis, curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale, about the importance of the event. We take inspiration from the format to imagine what an inaugural Monocle biennale could look like and ask two innovative global practices to take their turn in the curator’s chair.

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13 Aug 2020
5 min

Extra: Old meets new: 

Conran and Partners’ interiors director, Simon Kincaid, on the challenge of renovating the Norman Foster-designed building at 200 Gray’s Inn Road, London.

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46111 Aug 2020
30 min

Alexander McQueen, wildlife crossings and Lee Broom: 

We check out a new exhibition showcasing work from the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen. Plus: how wildlife overpasses in Australia have helped protect native species; and Lee Broom shares his design trajectory.

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