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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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3 Days of Design and London Design Festival:

We venture to 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen. Plus: US-based artist Willie Cole shares his approach to using recycled materials and, at the London Design Festival, we browse a collection from British manufacturers SCP.

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23 Sep 2021
6 min

Extra: Tactile Baltics: 

Kätlin Lõbu, co-curator of Tactile Baltics, shares what’s in store at the exhibition that champions contemporary makers from the region. Eighteen designers from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have produced tableware, textiles, lighting and furniture, which will all be on display at the London Design Festival this year.

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51921 Sep 2021
30 min

3 Days of Design and London Design Festival: 

We venture to 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen. Plus: US-based artist Willie Cole shares his approach to using recycled materials and, at the London Design Festival, we browse a collection from British manufacturers SCP.

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16 Sep 2021
6 min

Extra: Marimekko 70th anniversary auction: 

We hear about Finnish fashion house Marimekko’s 70th-anniversary auction of rare vintage items at Bukowskis, titled ‘The Artists Who Shaped Us’.

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51814 Sep 2021
30 min

Milan Design Week, part two: 

We explore the strength of the Milanese design industry and catch up with Stephen Burks and Malika Leiper to discuss their hybrid studio and gallery in New York

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9 Sep 2021
9 min

Extra: Glass to glass: 

Extra: We visit an exhibition at the Fondazione Berengo Art Space to find out how a collaboration between Berengo Studio and London-based design brand Wonderglass is pushing the boundaries of Murano’s glass-blowing tradition.

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5177 Sep 2021
30 min

Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile: 

The design world’s biggest event is here – we cover Milan Design Week from our base in the Lombard capital, checking in with emerging designers from Stockholm art and design collective Swedish Girls, visiting Molteni’s space at Supersalone and talking with the co-founder of Danish design studio Karakter.

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2 Sep 2021
7 min

Extra: UAE pavilion, Venice Biennale: 

We catch up with Wael Al Awar of Dubai-based design studio Waiwai following its recent Golden Lion award for the best national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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51631 Aug 2021
30 min

Leica, Nike and Zanat: 

We speak to world-renowned German camera brand Leica about its move into the mobile phone market. Plus: we hear about Nike’s sports uniform design process and get to know a Bosnian furniture brand recognised by Unesco.

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26 Aug 2021
6 min

Extra: Humanrace: 

We speak to the team behind the design of Pharrell Williams’ Humanrace skincare brand.

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51524 Aug 2021
30 min

Paul Smith, Alvar Aalto Week, Ishkar: 

British designer Paul Smith shares his design for a new Mini vehicle and we visit Alvar Aalto Week in the Finnish town of Kouvola. Plus: we meet Ishkar, a company helping to preserve traditional craftsmanship in conflict-affected countries.

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19 Aug 2021
4 min

Extra: The Gonçalo chair: 

Ivan Carvalho takes us through the curvilinear craftsmanship found in the classic chair produced by Arcalo.

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51417 Aug 2021
30 min

Biennales, fairs and expos: 

We explore some of Europe’s best design events, from Design Biennale Zürich to Copenhagen Fashion Week. Plus, we speak to Nina Marenzi, the founder of Future Fabrics Expo, which focuses on sustainable materials.

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12 Aug 2021
5 min

Extra: Unesco additions: 

Unesco has announced additions to its World Heritage List, including sites in South America and examples of modern architecture. Lucinda Elliott discusses the places newly recognised for their cultural significance.

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51310 Aug 2021
30 min

The Tange family legacy: 

Architect Paul Noritaka Tange on the challenges of continuing a design legacy with his Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Plus, the team meets Yinka Ilori at his vibrant 3D-printed basketball court in London’s Canary Wharf.

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5 Aug 2021
4 min

Extra: Cassina Pro: 

Cassina’s CEO Luca Fuso shares the Italian furniture brand’s newest collection.

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