Monocle on Design

Sustainable design

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1 March 2016

Episode 229

28 minutes

What does sustainability really mean? From architecture and automobiles to product design and fashion, we tackle the issue of sustainability in design. Architect Tom Kundig and Rama Gheerawo of London’s Royal College of Art tell us what sustainability means to them and Benjamin Hubert, head of design agency Layer, explains how he balances sustainable values with commercial interests. Plus: Monocle’s Jamie Waters brings us his picks of the sustainable items found in the fashion cupboard of Midori House.

1 March 2016

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Tom Kundig

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Architect Tom Kundig offers his perspective on the debate around sustainability and design, something he has seen develop over the course of a 50-year career. Tom recently published ‘Tom Kundig: Works’, his third book with Princeton Architectural Press.

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Rama Gheerawo

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Rama Gheerawo works at the Royal College of Art, home to the oldest vehicle-design programme in the world. We spoke to him in his office at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design to find out more about how sustainability has shaped the development of automotive design.

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Benjamin Hubert

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Benjamin Hubert is a London-based designer and the founder of Layer. He thinks designers have a responsibility to produce “more than just the next nice chair” but this doesn’t stop him working with corporate clients such as Nike, Braun and BMW. Benjamin tells us what sustainability means to him and how he maintains his values while working with big brands.

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Jamie’s closet

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Fashion’s ever-changing priorities and products sit uncomfortably with the idea of sustainability – but there are exceptions. Jamie Waters takes us through three sustainable picks from the Monocle fashion closet.

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