Monocle on Design

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17 May 2016

Episode 240

30 minutes

We get comfortable with a mainstay in the world of industrial design and chart the history, meaning and importance of the humble chair.

17 May 2016

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Chapter 1

Peter Fiell on the chair as a design object

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The co-editor of Taschen’s coffee-table staple ‘1000 Chairs’ tells us why the chair is so important as a design object and how it has developed in the modern era.

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Knud Erik Hansen on classics and copycats

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Knud Erik Hansen is the CEO of Carl Hansen & Søn, a Danish furniture-maker and the largest manufacturer of furniture by renowned Danish designer Hans J Wegner. He joins us on the phone from New York to discuss the brand’s values and the threat posed by copycat producers.

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Reiko Kaneko on moving from ceramics to furniture

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Reiko Kaneko made her name as a ceramicist but has recently turned her hand to furniture design in a collaboration with renowned London-based modern furniture manufacturer and retailer SCP. She tells us about her Orlando chair.

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Solar-powered, design-minded benches in Belgrade

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A public bench can be more than just a place to sit. The Strawberry Tree is a solar-powered seat that can charge your phone while you enjoy the view. Monocle’s Belgrade correspondent Guy De Launey investigates.

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