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Meeting Sir Terry Farrell:

Architect Sir Terry Farrell’s playful pastiche of styles can be seen from the MI6 building to the Breakfast Television Centre in London. His six-decade career has veered from masterplanning city blocks to building train stations in China. Josh Fehnert sits down with the postmodern master.

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21 Feb 2019
6 min

Extra: Terry Farrell’s Comyn Ching Triangle: 

A tour of Sir Terry Farrell’s Comyn Ching Triangle in London’s Seven Dials. Dr David Knight of the Royal College of Art decodes the maestro’s masterwork in an episode to accompany our feature-length interview with Sir Terry.

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38419 Feb 2019
30 min

Meeting Sir Terry Farrell: 

Architect Sir Terry Farrell’s playful pastiche of styles can be seen from the MI6 building to the Breakfast Television Centre in London. His six-decade career has veered from masterplanning city blocks to building train stations in China. Josh Fehnert sits down with the postmodern master.

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14 Feb 2019
5 min

Extra: Stockholm’s Beauty Council: 

Pushing architectural boundaries can be a challenge in Stockholm. It’s a historic, low-rise, waterfront city and any new developments are policed by a unique state-funded body called the ‘skönhetsrådet’ or Beauty Council. We find out more.

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38312 Feb 2019
30 min

Will design books survive?: 

Has the world of digital turned the page on design book publishing? We ask Phaidon’s new editor at large, Spencer Bailey. Plus: we shed some light on Stockholm’s design week.

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7 Feb 2019
6 min

Extra: Remembering Florence Knoll: 

Florence Knoll’s influence on design in the workplace has been immeasurable, but how will the brand continue her work in a new age?

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3825 Feb 2019
30 min

The robots are coming: 

Why an architecture team is turning to a robotic arm for a helping hand. Plus: we ask a UCL professor for help understanding the ramifications of robots in design and ‘Disegno’ editor in chief Oli Stratford joins Josh Fehnert for a flick through his magazine picks for the month.

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31 Jan 2019
6 min

Extra: Edoardo Gellner : 

Those lucky enough to find themselves in the Dolomites should seek out the work of an overlooked architectural master: Edoardo Gellner.

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38129 Jan 2019
30 min

Toronto: a design city in the making?: 

Is Toronto a design city in the making? Monocle’s Toronto team host a special edition of the programme to assess the state of the city’s design sectors – and their burgeoning influence on design markets elsewhere.

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24 Jan 2019
5 min

Extra: Neue Holzbau: 

From the handsome exposed rafters of an ice rink in Davos to the spa-like wooden trimmings of a new public swimming pool in Nyon, timber specialist Neue Holzbau is refining sporting buildings in Switzerland and beyond.

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38022 Jan 2019
27 min

Weaving: a narrative: 

A journey into the warp and weft of weaving with UK designer Eleanor Pritchard. Plus: why Philippe Starck adores apple skins and rattan is the material of the moment at Maison et Objet.

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17 Jan 2019
3 min

Extra: Room to breathe: 

A new gallery and arts venue called The Shed is opening in New York in April. The hook? It has a movable shell that can be adapted to suit different events.

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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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