Monocle on Design

From Chicago to Rovaniemi

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3 November 2015

Episode 212

27 minutes


Photo: Chicago Architecture Biennial

We hear how the Windy City is trying to reposition itself as a world centre of architecture and discuss the work of Finnish master Alvar Aalto in the remote Lap city of Rovaniemi. Plus: which products we think no good home should be without this year and a look back at Expo Milano 2015 as it finally closes its doors.

3 November 2015

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Chapter 1

8 minutes


Photo: Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Chapter 1

Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Monocle’s Lee Bey reports from the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. Named “The State of the Art of Architecture”, the three-month exposition started this October and features 60 installations and exhibitions by architects and designers from 30 countries.

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Photo: Juho Kava

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Not just for Christmas

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Josh Fehnert and Clare Dowdy discuss the architectural legacy of Alvar Aalto in Finland’s northern city of Rovaniemi.

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Chapter 3

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Product pick

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Our pick of the crop from the Monocle Design Directory, with objects for the kitchen, sitting room and beyond.

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Chapter 4

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Arrivederci Expo

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Expo Milano 2015 has come to a close and visitor numbers have impressed even the most negative commentators. Our design correspondent David Plaisant talks to Milan correspondent Ivan Carvalho about the past six months.

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