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Coffee with David Chipperfield :

We check in with David Chipperfield to talk coffee pots and ask how the right kind of design can help combat our obsession with consumerism. Plus: are designers under constant pressure to innovate?

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18 Apr 2019
6 min

Extra: Tbilisi’s hopeful horizons : 

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Tbilisi has fallen into disrepair and any new developments, despite being hastily erected, are left empty. But there’s hope: the first architecture biennial since the 1980s is imminent.

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39216 Apr 2019
30 min

Coffee with David Chipperfield : 

We check in with David Chipperfield to talk coffee pots and ask how the right kind of design can help combat our obsession with consumerism. Plus: are designers under constant pressure to innovate?

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11 Apr 2019
5 min

Extra: Why go to the Milan Furniture Fair?: 

Salone Del Mobile is one of the biggest dates in the design diary but why do so many people flock to the city?

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3919 Apr 2019
30 min

Salone del Mobile 2019: 

Patricia Urquiola mulls over the Milan furniture fair and Robert Bound muses on the art of the meet-and-greet. Plus hotelier and textile designer Kit Kemp talks to Josh Fehnert about her winsome new book.

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4 Apr 2019
5 min

Extra: Japan’s 2020 vision : 

The countdown to Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics has already begun. And as Japan unveils the designs commissioned for the event, one question arises: what can good design do for a country’s image?

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3902 Apr 2019
30 min

Why craft matters: 

The intersection of craft and utility at the inaugural Harewood House biennial and the opening of retailer Galeries Lafayette’s latest space in Paris.

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28 Mar 2019
5 min

Extra: LA’s Sixth Street Viaduct: 

The Sixth Street Viaduct, best known as a drag-race hotspot from films such as ‘Grease’ and ‘Drive’, is about to get a new look as part of a $450m regeneration project.

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38926 Mar 2019
30 min

Architecture and the silver screen: 

We’re in Tinseltown for the Architecture and Design Film Festival. Josh Fehnert talks to founder Kyle Bergman and Los Angeles’ chief design officer and filmmaker Christopher Hawthorne about the city’s sometimes uneasy relationship with its own buildings.

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21 Mar 2019
5 min

Extra: Future bridge-builders: 

Bridges have long bound our societies together. But in recent years their role in our cities has changed and they’re reinvigorating urban life. We examine how a simple feat of engineering becomes an engaging public space.

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38819 Mar 2019
30 min

The quiet architect: Kevin Roche: 

The Irish-born Pritzker prize-winning architect Kevin Roche died this month at the age of 96. We revisit his lifetime of achievements in a feature-length interview with the maestro recorded in 2016.

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14 Mar 2019
6 min

Extra: Best brew: Bialetti’s Moka pot: 

After suffering bad debts, Italian product manufacturer Bialetti hopes the Moka pot can perk up its future.

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38712 Mar 2019
27 min

Sydney style: Akira Isogawa: 

We head to Sydney to meet Japanese-born Australian fashion designer Akira Isogawa in his atelier and talk about his childhood in Kyoto, his take on slow fashion and the first major exhibition exploring his career. Plus: what London should have learned from the Thamesmead housing estate.

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7 Mar 2019
7 min

Extra: What makes an album’s artwork a hit? : 

Album covers can be as coveted as the discs they serve as packaging for. But what does it take to achieve iconic status?

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3865 Mar 2019
30 min

Meeting Stefan Sagmeister : 

We visit New York-based graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister to talk about growing up in Austria, his big break in album art and why taking sabbaticals is so important.

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28 Feb 2019
5 min

Extra: Right on time: Vienna’s Silver Arrow: 

The Silver Arrow, the first generation of Vienna’s U-Bahn trains, was awarded the state design prize in 1981. Today the train is approaching its final destination but the design is not yet scheduled for departure.

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