Monocle on Design

Tokyo Olympics special

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20 July 2021

Episode 510

30 minutes


Photo: Naoyuki Obayashi

Join us in Tokyo for the Olympic Games. From medals and pictograms to uniforms and venues, we hear how designers have shaped the event. Plus: get the lowdown from gold medallist Connor Fields on Team USA’s Ralph Lauren-designed opening-ceremony uniform.

20 July 2021

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


Photo: Naoyuki Obayashi

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Chapter 1

Tokyo check-in

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Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson talks us through the designs to look out for at this year’s games, including recycled medals and impressive new structures.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

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Ralph Lauren and Team USA

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Connor Fields won gold in men’s BMX at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games. We sat down with him to discuss the importance of a well-designed opening-ceremony uniform – and how Team USA will be kept cool in the Tokyo heat.

8 minutes

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Chapter 3

12 minutes


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Chapter 3

Olympic fashion

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Writer and editor Jamie Waters takes us through the uniforms to look out for at the games.

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