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Everything you need to know about the world of design, from furniture to fashion and craft to architecture. Expect fresh stories, new finds and designers and all the latest news from the world’s most exciting studios.

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Animal architecture:

How do we design for our furry, scaled and feathered companions? We talk to architect Asif Khan about his work for man’s best friend, profile the designers who are making creature comforts a priority and unpack the best in product design for dogs.

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47227 Oct 2020
30 min

Animal architecture: 

How do we design for our furry, scaled and feathered companions? We talk to architect Asif Khan about his work for man’s best friend, profile the designers who are making creature comforts a priority and unpack the best in product design for dogs.

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22 Oct 2020
8 min

Extra: International Library for Fashion Research : 

Elise By Olsen, founder of the International Library for Fashion Research, explains how the new globally accessible archive will help to decentralise the field.

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47120 Oct 2020
30 min

Apple Watch: a contemporary design icon: 

We interview the executive behind the Apple Watch and drop into the south of France for a fashion festival. Plus: Monocle’s Ivan Carvalho heads to Porto Fashion Week, an event that spotlights the creative collaborations between designers and Portugal’s textile producers.

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15 Oct 2020
9 min

Extra: Copenhagen’s Palads Teatret: 

What happens when a popular heritage building is set for demolition? We visit Copenhagen’s Palads Teatret, a train station turned cinema, to learn the fate of its pastel-coloured façade.

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47013 Oct 2020
30 min

Design on film: 

Ever wondered where archive footage is collected for documentaries about designers? Or who designs film sets and props? Hear the answers as we explore the life of furniture-maker George Nakashima, visit backlots in Hungary and talk to graphic designer Annie Atkins.

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8 Oct 2020
5 min

Extra: How does electronic music influence design?: 

From instruments that inspire product and industrial-design techniques, to the look of album-cover art and gig posters, the connections between electronic music and design are abundant. We visit the Design Museum to find out more

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4696 Oct 2020
30 min

Why does Milan have a new design week?: 

In lieu of Salone del Mobile this year, Milan has created a new event for designers seeking inspiration and industry insight: Design City Milano. We visit the showrooms, galleries, and workshops taking part.

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1 Oct 2020
5 min

Extra: ‘Designing Lightness’: 

Ed van Hinte, co-author of ‘Designing Lightness’, on why creating with weight reduction in mind isn’t as simple as it sounds.

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46829 Sep 2020
30 min

Merging architecture with the natural world: 

Dutch architect Winy Maas discusses his latest project and the importance of a strong relationship between architecture and the natural world. Plus, we delve into the world of Danish silverware, reflect on the trends coming out of Milan fashion week and explore Swiss sustainability.

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24 Sep 2020
4 min

Extra: Finding a way : 

Tim Fendley, founder and creative director of design consultancy Applied Wayfinding, explains the importance of engaging people through beautiful design.

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46722 Sep 2020
30 min

Green buildings and landscapes – how do we make them?: 

From sustainable concrete alternatives to urban reforestation, we talk to architects, landscape architects and designers who are finding innovative ways to make their projects – and our planet – just a little bit better.

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17 Sep 2020
6 min

Extra: What exactly is user experience design?: 

User experience design is a term that’s often thrown around by brands when they launch new products. But what exactly is it? Irene Au, former director of UX at Google, explains.

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46615 Sep 2020
30 min

Why are the Danes so good at design? : 

We travel to Copenhagen for the annual 3 Days of Design event to explore what makes Danish design unique and why it can be an important soft-power tool on the international stage.

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10 Sep 2020
8 min

Extra: Venice Glass Week: 

Looking for a crystal-clear take on Venice Glass Week? Monocle’s Ed Stocker checks in with WonderGlass, the brand that bonds traditional Italian craftsmanship with contemporary design.

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4658 Sep 2020
30 min

Business of design: 

Design is a serious business and so is the business of design. We visit the Copenhagen furniture firm with a completely flat-pack inventory and find out about the DNA of bootmaking with heritage brand John Lobb. Plus: the Montréal duo whose newest venture focuses on good design and the stories behind it.

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