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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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Peter Saville:

We speak to Peter Saville, the graphic designer behind iconic album covers for Joy Division and New Order, before taking an advance look at Monocle’s November issue. Plus: German bathroom manufacturer Hansgrohe shares some Water Tunes.

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21 Oct 2021
7 min

Extra: Verner Panton – Colouring a New World: 

We step into the vibrant environments of the Danish furniture and interior designer at the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art and Design.

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52319 Oct 2021
30 min

Peter Saville: 

We speak to Peter Saville, the graphic designer behind iconic album covers for Joy Division and New Order, before taking an advance look at Monocle’s November issue. Plus: German bathroom manufacturer Hansgrohe shares some Water Tunes.

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14 Oct 2021
6 min

Extra: Omer Arbel: 

The co-founder of Vancouver and Berlin-based brand Bocci shares his approach that encourages surprise and continuous material experimentation in the design and manufacturing process.

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52212 Oct 2021
30 min

Iwan Baan, Niwaki, Bruce Kuwabara: 

Iwan Baan discusses his project documenting light and architecture in Burkina Faso and we explore a new shop in London devoted to Japanese gardening equipment. Plus: Bruce Kuwabara reflects on Canada’s design industry.

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7 Oct 2021
7 min

Extra: Kasama Potters: 

We hear about the project bringing handmade Kasama pottery from Japan to the UK.

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5215 Oct 2021
30 min

The varied world of architecture models: 

We explore the weird and wonderful world of architectural models at a new exhibition in London and learn a few tips to transform our wardrobe. Plus: why a city-based architect is focusing on improving rural life.

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30 Sep 2021
7 min

Extra: Bally London: 

We meet Seen Displays, the design studio behind the new Bally flagship in London, to find out how the shop personifies the brand.

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52028 Sep 2021
30 min

Rebuilding Beirut: 

We reflect on the rebuilding of Beirut following the blast last year at the city’s port; visit a new showcase on biophilic design; and discover why the Royal College of Art’s new campus is growing to include facilities for robotics, science and technology.

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23 Sep 2021
6 min

Extra: Tactile Baltics: 

Kätlin Lõbu, co-curator of Tactile Baltics, shares what’s in store at the exhibition that champions contemporary makers from the region. Eighteen designers from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia have produced tableware, textiles, lighting and furniture, which will all be on display at the London Design Festival this year.

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51921 Sep 2021
30 min

3 Days of Design and London Design Festival: 

We venture to 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen. Plus: US-based artist Willie Cole shares his approach to using recycled materials and, at the London Design Festival, we browse a collection from British manufacturers SCP.

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16 Sep 2021
6 min

Extra: Marimekko 70th anniversary auction: 

We hear about Finnish fashion house Marimekko’s 70th-anniversary auction of rare vintage items at Bukowskis, titled ‘The Artists Who Shaped Us’.

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51814 Sep 2021
30 min

Milan Design Week, part two: 

We explore the strength of the Milanese design industry and catch up with Stephen Burks and Malika Leiper to discuss their hybrid studio and gallery in New York

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9 Sep 2021
9 min

Extra: Glass to glass: 

Extra: We visit an exhibition at the Fondazione Berengo Art Space to find out how a collaboration between Berengo Studio and London-based design brand Wonderglass is pushing the boundaries of Murano’s glass-blowing tradition.

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5177 Sep 2021
30 min

Milan Design Week and Salone del Mobile: 

The design world’s biggest event is here – we cover Milan Design Week from our base in the Lombard capital, checking in with emerging designers from Stockholm art and design collective Swedish Girls, visiting Molteni’s space at Supersalone and talking with the co-founder of Danish design studio Karakter.

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2 Sep 2021
7 min

Extra: UAE pavilion, Venice Biennale: 

We catch up with Wael Al Awar of Dubai-based design studio Waiwai following its recent Golden Lion award for the best national pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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