Monocle on Design

Paul Smith, Alvar Aalto Week, Ishkar

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24 August 2021

Episode 515

30 minutes

British designer Paul Smith shares his design for a new Mini vehicle and we visit Alvar Aalto Week in the Finnish town of Kouvola. Plus: we meet Ishkar, a company helping to preserve traditional craftsmanship in conflict-affected countries.

24 August 2021

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Chapter 1

13 minutes


Photo: Courtesy of MINI

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Chapter 1

Paul Smith

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We meet with the celebrated British designer to discuss his latest project, the Mini Strip, a concept car made in collaboration with Mini and BMW.

13 minutes

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Chapter 2

5 minutes


Photo: Courtesy of Alvar Aalto week

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Chapter 2

Alvar Alto Week

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Monocle correspondent Petri Burtsoff heads to the town of Kouvola, Finland, to explore Alvar Aalto Week. The annual event celebrates architecture and design from the Finnish architect.

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Chapter 3

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Photo: Aiala Hermando

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Ishkar

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The London based retailer shines a light on craftspeople in countries often overlooked due to conflict and instability. From Yemen to Afghanistan, they bring jewellery, clothes and homeware to a global customer base.

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