Monocle on Design

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26 November 2019

Episode 424

30 minutes


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This special edition of the programme is hosted by our team in Toronto, unpicking Canada’s design credentials, from graphic design and architecture to the country’s fine roster of design festivals.

26 November 2019

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Chapter 1

14 minutes


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Chapter 1

Toronto design: the state of the city

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Monocle’s bureau chief in Toronto, Tomos Lewis, sits down with three figures from Canada’s design sector. Featuring Deborah Wang of the DesignTO festival, Fidel Pena of the Underline graphic design studio, and Karen Kang of the IDS Toronto design expo.

14 minutes

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Chapter 2

7 minutes


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Canadian modern architecture

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“Canadian Modern Architecture, 1967 to the present” is a new survey of modernist design in Canada. Elsa Lam, the book’s co-editor, explains how Canada’s modernist architects adapted to a diverse, sometimes brutal, landscape to realise their designs.

7 minutes

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Chapter 3

4 minutes


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Chapter 3

Yabu Pushelberg

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George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg founded their eponymous design studio in Toronto in 1980. They speak to Monocle’s Will Kitchens about their latest project: a line of homeware objects.

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