Monocle on Design

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18 August 2015

Episode 201

30 minutes


Photo: Phaidon

In today’s episode we tour workshops and studios from Canada to Cornwall. In Berlin we meet maverick perfumer Geza Schön, in Toronto we talk to leather craftswoman Robin Ackitt of Ship Island Leather and in Cornwall we get a masterclass in blacksmithing from Tristan Kessel and James Kerr. But first we hear from entrepreneur Helen Osgerby on her new Simple Shape online platform and shop.

Bruce Mau is a design thinker and co-founder of Chicago-based studio Massive Change Network. He discusses his new book and the importance of optimism and care in design.

18 August 2015

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Simple Shape

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Josh Fehnert sits down with entrepreneur Helen Osgerby, whose new online platform and shop brings together some of the best in British craft and making. Plus: Rowan Ottesen of the City Works paper workshop is on hand to show his wares.

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Geza Schön, perfumer

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Monocle’s Susan Stone meets maverick Berlin perfumer Geza Schön at his studio. They talk about making perfume that celebrates the intellectual woman and the notes that make up his signature as a perfumer.

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Ship Island Leather, Toronto

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We visit the workshop of leather craftswoman Robin Akitt, maker of fine bags, backpacks, aprons and more.

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The blacksmiths of Cornwall

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Imogen Kimber travels to Penzance in Cornwall, where blacksmiths Tristan Kessel and James Kerr are keeping a centuries-old craft alive.

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