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We visit Geneva city hall, newly revamped by architecture firm Bonhôte Zapata to help foster dialogue and democracy.
We look at the legacy of avant garde fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli through a new show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs and learn about Rana Salam’s use of colour. Plus: Nic Monisse on the ideal summer house.
Emerging designer Federica Biasi tells us how to strike the balance between trendy and timeless.
Architect Tosin Oshinowo discusses material development in Nigeria, and we visit the new offices of design studio Commune in Los Angeles. Plus, we meet designer Faye Toogood in her London studio.
How can designers engage the public in conversations about urban design? Monocle’s executive editor Nolan Giles reflects on the example set by Concéntrico, an architecture and design festival in Logroño, Spain.
Architect Mario Cucinella discusses smog-eating ceramics and his ecologically sustainable 3D-printed house. Plus: we hear how indigenous technologies could be used to improve cities by 2040 and learn about design solutions…
We head to Lyon, a city with a storied tradition in textiles, to see how the craft of silk-weaving is being kept alive.
From a contemporary take on Congolese textiles to a Sarajevo-based coppersmith challenging stereotypes, we meet some of the people working hard to ensure a future for traditional crafts.
We head to the observation deck of the Torre Glòries skyscraper to visit ‘Cloud Cities Barcelona’ with artist Tomás Saraceno.
We meet some of the myriad makers doing wonderful things with materials, including a hand-built sauna in central London, a Copenhagen silversmith and a new glue-less shoe from Nike.
Our Balkans correspondent, Guy De Launey, visits the Slovenian capital for the world’s longest-running design biennial.
We tour Europe for a men’s fashion round-up, taking in Florence, Milan and Paris. Plus: we discuss a new book showcasing the craft cultures that have shaped fashion in Africa for centuries.
Marie-Louise Høstbo, creative director of Fritz Hansen, reflects on the Danish Embassy in London, and the design pieces featured there.
Highlights from the design calendar, with reports from Tallinn, Basel and Copenhagen.
We head to an exhibition that focuses on the table, looking at what this utilitarian item can and should be.