Monocle on Design

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2 February 2016

Episode 225

28 minutes


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On this week’s Section D we turn our attention to the notion of “the room” – how to decorate, design and construct it – with a trilogy of reports from France, the UK and Switzerland.

2 February 2016

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Maison & Objet part 1

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Furniture and homeware tradeshow Maison & Objet is an important stop-off before the big releases that are usually saved for the Milan furniture fair come April. But with so many international tradeshows marking the path to Milan, how do the brands keep buyers interested and engaged? Monocle’s Chiara Rimella brings us this special report.

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Maison & Objet part 2

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Chiara joins Josh in the studio to talk about her experience at Maison & Objet, beloved of exhibitors, buyers, fanciful decorators and anyone with an interest in kitting out a home.

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David Collins Studio

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London-based David Collins Studio, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is a respected voice in the world of hotel and hospitality design. The studio’s work includes the lauded bars at Claridges and the Blue Bar the the Berkeley Hotel, as well as residential, retail and restaurant design from Hong Kong to Hungary. Creative director Simon Rawlings explains his approach to interior design to Monocle’s Ilana Hanukov.

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Swissbau

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From how to decorate our rooms to designing them, we finally arrive at the raw materials. This January Monocle’s Markus Hippi headed to the Swiss construction tradeshow Swissbau in Basel to catch up with the latest happenings in the construction industry. Featuring Stefan Cadosch, president of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects, and architect Frank Lattke.

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