Oslo, Design City: Part 1
00:00 / 00:00
13 September 2016
Today we bring you the first instalment in a two-part series on Oslo. Monocle’s Henry Rees-Sheridan talks to some of the city’s brightest design minds to learn more about where it’s come from and where it’s heading.
13 September 2016
Photo: Roberto Di Trani
Jan Stavik of The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) tells us about the connection between Norway’s economy and its design scene, Oslo’s architecture boom and the importance of service design.
Share chapter 1
Photo: Kat Green
The vital energy for growth in Oslo’s design scene has to come from young talent. Klubben is a union of young Norwegian designers with varied backgrounds in furniture and product design; founded in 2011, its goal is to promote their work both nationally and internationally. We speak to two Oslo-based members of the group, Runa Klock and Thomas Jenkins.
Share chapter 2
Eleanor Herring is a design writer and lecturer whose most recent book looks at the politics of street-furniture design in postwar Britain. She tells us why the dustbins, lampposts and benches on our streets have been a source of intense debate and power struggle.
Share chapter 3
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle's email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
Monocle on Design - latest episodes
A new gallery and arts venue called The Shed is opening in New York in April. The hook? It has a movable shell that can be adapted to suit different events.
Can canny design save Brazil’s forests and the people who live in them? We speak to São Paulo practice Aleph Zero, which thinks so. Plus: the Copenhagen architect’s office opening up to the public and tech for the year…
Controversy tainted last year's Nobel prize and a visual rebrand was needed. But how do you create a good impression where a bad one lingers?
Monocle’s creative director Richard Spencer Powell joins Josh Fehnert to discuss good, bold (and plain bad) business-card design. Plus, a peek into the studio of an Indonesian architecture practice that’s making waves.
Can a simple logo convey a sophisticated message? We speak to Helsinki-based creative agency Kokoro & Moi and ask why fashion-brand logos are starting to look samey. Plus: we pay tribute to Chicago’s iconic skyline.
As the year ends, we explore some of the highlights from 2018, including California’s mid-century modernism, meeting Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and exploring Alison and Peter Smithson’s renovated Smithson Plaza.
Yukiwa, a 106-year-old family-run business is known throughout Japan for manufacturing elegant items (from napkin rings to a European sherbert trolley) that offer both restaurants and homes pieces with extra panache.
We ask how technology and connectedness are changing product design and transforming everything from homes to our cities. Guests include Kohler’s Mark Bickerstaffe, Ron Bakker of PLP Architecture and Sean Affleck of Make…
While the architects at Foster + Partners await the green light for their Tulip proposal, we explore some of the buildings that could have been but never were.
This week we focus on the festivities at Design Miami, which wrapped last weekend, and visit the Long Island workshop of lighting firm Allied Maker. Plus: what will the military forces of the future be wearing?
The cavernous halls of the Printworks, an old newspaper printing plant in London district Canada Water, have been turned into a major destination for lovers of electronic music. The team behind the project are keen to get…
On the centenary of celebrated (and controversial) Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s birth, we assess his best-known work: the Sydney Opera House. Plus: Pentagram’s latest partner Yuri Suzuki on sound and we find out how to…
London-based research project Das Programm focuses on the industrial-design legacy of Dieter Rams and Frankfurt-based firm Braun. Here Das Programm’s director Dr Peter Kapos talks about the enduring influence of both.
How will fewer resources, a lack of space and new technologies impact the way we build our homes? We seek answers at a new exhibition and talk to a designer about creating tiny homes. Plus: quantifying the value of design…
The 18th century is known for the Enlightenment, a few bloody revolutions and the work of Britain’s most eminent and enduring cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. His journey to prominence is being documented by the Metropo…