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Architecture in the Amazon:

Can canny design save Brazil’s forests and the people who live in them? We speak to São Paulo practice Aleph Zero, which thinks so. Plus: the Copenhagen architect’s office opening up to the public and tech for the year ahead.

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37915 Jan 2019
30 min

Architecture in the Amazon: 

Can canny design save Brazil’s forests and the people who live in them? We speak to São Paulo practice Aleph Zero, which thinks so. Plus: the Copenhagen architect’s office opening up to the public and tech for the year ahead.

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10 Jan 2019
5 min

Extra: Nobel intentions: 

Controversy tainted last year's Nobel prize and a visual rebrand was needed. But how do you create a good impression where a bad one lingers?

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3788 Jan 2019
30 min

Design: On the cards: 

Monocle’s creative director Richard Spencer Powell joins Josh Fehnert to discuss good, bold (and plain bad) business-card design. Plus, a peek into the studio of an Indonesian architecture practice that’s making waves.

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3771 Jan 2019
30 min

Logo design : 

Can a simple logo convey a sophisticated message? We speak to Helsinki-based creative agency Kokoro & Moi and ask why fashion-brand logos are starting to look samey. Plus: we pay tribute to Chicago’s iconic skyline.

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37625 Dec 2018
30 min

2018 in review : 

As the year ends, we explore some of the highlights from 2018, including California’s mid-century modernism, meeting Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and exploring Alison and Peter Smithson’s renovated Smithson Plaza.

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20 Dec 2018
6 min

Extra: Yukiwa – Japan’s silver service: 

Yukiwa, a 106-year-old family-run business is known throughout Japan for manufacturing elegant items (from napkin rings to a European sherbert trolley) that offer both restaurants and homes pieces with extra panache.

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37518 Dec 2018
30 min

The Internet of Things: 

We ask how technology and connectedness are changing product design and transforming everything from homes to our cities. Guests include Kohler’s Mark Bickerstaffe, Ron Bakker of PLP Architecture and Sean Affleck of Make Architects.

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13 Dec 2018
6 min

Extra: Absent architecture: 

While the architects at Foster + Partners await the green light for their Tulip proposal, we explore some of the buildings that could have been but never were.

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37411 Dec 2018
30 min

Design Miami: 

This week we focus on the festivities at Design Miami, which wrapped last weekend, and visit the Long Island workshop of lighting firm Allied Maker. Plus: what will the military forces of the future be wearing?

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6 Dec 2018
7 min

Extra: Printworks: 

The cavernous halls of the Printworks, an old newspaper printing plant in London district Canada Water, have been turned into a major destination for lovers of electronic music. The team behind the project are keen to get the most out of their building, which also happens to be a historical landmark in its own right.

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3734 Dec 2018
30 min

Remembering Jørn Utzon: 

On the centenary of celebrated (and controversial) Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s birth, we assess his best-known work: the Sydney Opera House. Plus: Pentagram’s latest partner Yuri Suzuki on sound and we find out how to design a fire.

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29 Nov 2018
10 min

Extra: Brains and Braun: 

London-based research project Das Programm focuses on the industrial-design legacy of Dieter Rams and Frankfurt-based firm Braun. Here Das Programm’s director Dr Peter Kapos talks about the enduring influence of both.

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37227 Nov 2018
30 min

Home futures: 

How will fewer resources, a lack of space and new technologies impact the way we build our homes? We seek answers at a new exhibition and talk to a designer about creating tiny homes. Plus: quantifying the value of design.

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22 Nov 2018
7 min

Extra: Chip off the old block: Thomas Chippendale: 

The 18th century is known for the Enlightenment, a few bloody revolutions and the work of Britain’s most eminent and enduring cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. His journey to prominence is being documented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the exhibition ‘Chippendale’s Director: The Designs and Legacy of a Furniture Maker’.

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37120 Nov 2018
30 min

Hem line: 

A sit-down with Petrus Palmér, CEO and founder of Stockholm furniture firm Hem. Plus: we decamp to Dubai to see if the desert is fertile ground for a new crop of design thinkers and look at why Sweden says no to a new Apple store.

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