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Greek revival :

The Greek economy is improving despite a ruinous financial crisis, and today more Athenians are heading home and looking to help shape the city for the better. Our Athens-themed dispatch delves into three industries (from urban planning to fashion and hospitality) to see how design is offering new solutions in this ancient city.

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21 Nov 2019
5 min

Extra: In praise of shade: 

The planet is getting warmer and city residents are starting to feel the heat in buildings designed for cooler climes. Air conditioning is one – somewhat wasteful – solution but should architects and designers consider throwing some shade instead? Roll up, roll up, for our report on the merits of awnings.

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42319 Nov 2019
30 min

Greek revival : 

The Greek economy is improving despite a ruinous financial crisis, and today more Athenians are heading home and looking to help shape the city for the better. Our Athens-themed dispatch delves into three industries (from urban planning to fashion and hospitality) to see how design is offering new solutions in this ancient city.

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14 Nov 2019
4 min

Extra: City security: Oslo’s new neighbourhood: 

Oslo is currently redesigning its government quarter. The administrative buildings here were damaged by a terror attack in 2011 and are set to be demolished to make way for shiny new replacements and large public parks to boot. We meet the architects behind the over-hall.

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42212 Nov 2019
30 min

London with Simon Jenkins: 

Author and historian Simon Jenkins talks to Josh Fehnert about how London came to look the way it does. Plus: Architectural historian Elain Harwood on the UK’s overlooked art deco buildings.

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7 Nov 2019
6 min

Extra: Show stoppers: 

How do you redesign the familiar and the everyday? We visit London’s Ace Hotel, which recently invited Diego Faivre, Boaz Cohen and Shay Alkalay to refresh objects such as doorstops and rugs as part of the ‘Custom Exercise’ design project.

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4215 Nov 2019
30 min

Keeping it natural : 

We meet celebrated architect Tom Kundig, co-owner and design principal of Seattle-based partnership Olson Kundig, to discuss how his enthusiasm for natural materials flows into his work. Plus: Maria Cheung of London-based architects and designers Squire and Partners joins us to discuss how to design workspaces that are creative, productive and fun.

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31 Oct 2019
6 min

Extra: Game changers: 

Mattel have released a new braille edition of classic card game Uno. Games expert Dr Michael James Heron explains design choices encouraging wider accessibility for the visually impaired in board games and card games.

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42029 Oct 2019
30 min

Bold futures: 

We head to Eindhoven to check out the best of Dutch Design Week. Plus: how the Cold War shaped Vienna’s architecture and Rob Dickins introduces The Architects Underground at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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24 Oct 2019
7 min

Extra: Seeing double: 

We visit Baltimore’s Post Typography to learn how founders Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen grew a successful design and branding agency from their beginnings as collaborators in the city’s music scene.

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41922 Oct 2019
30 min

The politics of pattern : 

We discuss the politics of pattern design with writer and curator Priya Khanchandani and architect Sam Jacob, whose exhibition at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale challenges established norms. Plus: staying in Portugal, we head to Modtissimo, the trade fair in Porto that shows off the nation’s best textiles.

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17 Oct 2019
7 min

Extra: Best seats in the house: 

We speak to Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon of London’s Pinch Design about how to create furniture that’s elegant yet homely.

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41815 Oct 2019
30 min

Stanley Donwood: 

We speak to the artist, illustrator and designer about his new book, ‘There will be no Quiet’, collecting his designs for Radiohead album covers over the past three decades. Plus: production designer Anna Rhodes on making music videos for artists including Kanye West, Rufus Wainwright and Laura Marling.

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10 Oct 2019
6 min

Extra: ‘Sound in Mind’ with Yuri Suzuki: 

We speak to the sound designer and audio-branding specialist about his new showcase, currently at London’s Design Museum.

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4178 Oct 2019
30 min

Heart of glass: 

A visit to Venice Glass Week to speak with makers and experts such as Rosa Barovier and Simone Cenedese, who discuss their delicate and highly skilled work. Plus: Czech sculptor, glass and product designer Rony Plesl.

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3 Oct 2019
7 min

Extra: The Antwerp Six: 

In the late 1980s a group of fashion graduates piled into a van with their collections, drove to London and took the British Designer Show by storm, forging the futures of the so-called Antwerp Six.

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