Monocle on Design

Self-built homes

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14 November 2017

Episode 318

30 minutes

We visit two unlikely lanes in South London to mull over the legacy (and lessons) of self-built architecture in a city struggling to build enough new homes. Plus, a word with Dennis Tay, the Singaporean success story behind the design-minded retailer Naiise.  

14 November 2017

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Walters Way and Segal Close

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Thirty years after the death of Walter Segal, we visit two of the overlooked architect’s enduring South London projects that show off the merits of self-built homes. Writer Alice Grahame and photographer Taran Wilkhu (both residents) tell us more about their new book on the subject.

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Dennis Tay, founder of Naiise

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Dennis Tay started his design platform Naiise in his bedroom in 2013 with just €2,000 and an optimism about his native Singapore’s budding industrial-design scene. Today his marketplace represents more than 1,000 makers and has shops in Southeast Asia and a new London pop-up.

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