Monocle on Design

Monocle Design Awards

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4 May 2021

Episode 499

30 minutes


Photo: Kohei Take

From a Korean beer mascot to centuries-old Japanese pottery, we meet some of the winners in the inaugural Monocle Design Awards.

4 May 2021

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Chapter 1

9 minutes


Photo: Juan Felipe Rubio

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Chapter 1

Best Urban Intervention: The Underline

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Inspired by New York’s High Line, this James Corner Field Operations-led design utilises areas underneath Miami’s elevated railway to create vital outdoor space.

9 minutes

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Chapter 2

4 minutes


Photo: Jonas Marguet

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Chapter 2

Best Mascot Revival: Oriental Brewery

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The South Korean brewery’s resurrection of 1980s baseball mascot Lala Bear has found its way onto clothing and even emojis. We explore the growing ‘Newtro’ trend that it reflects.

4 minutes

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Chapter 3

8 minutes


Photo: Felix Odell

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Chapter 3

Best New Talent: Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg

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We caught up with the South African designer to discuss her collaborative platform The Ninevites and her efforts to make the design industry less Eurocentric.

8 minutes

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Chapter 4

6 minutes


Photo: Kohei Take

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Chapter 4

Best in Craft: Kasama pottery

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The rural Japanese town of Kasama, famed for its centuries-old pottery industry, has become a magnet for free-spirited potters who prefer not to stick to the rules.

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