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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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By the book:

On today’s show we book in some time with the writers, commissioners, printers and editors behind the design world’s budding publishing scene.

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24919 Jul 2016
00:30:00

By the book: 

On today’s show we book in some time with the writers, commissioners, printers and editors behind the design world’s budding publishing scene.

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24812 Jul 2016
00:30:00

Light relief: 

We turn the spotlight back on itself and take a look at the state of the lighting-design industry. We talk to the man behind lighting giant Flos, visit Vienna’s brightest new-builds and meet the Danish lighting designers making it in the city.

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2475 Jul 2016
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Making room: 

This week we check out a design-minded solution to rising studio rents, take the temperature after the first month of the much-discussed Venice Architecture Biennale and bring you a few seasonal wardrobe fixes from three far-flung destinations. Plus: we alight in Japan to see a new generation of trains that are covering ground by slowing down.

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24628 Jun 2016
00:30:00

Course of nature: 

From architecture to fashion and engineering, we turn our attention to the influence that nature and naturally inspired design is having on the industry.

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24521 Jun 2016
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Fashion forward – Pitti Immagine Uomo: 

Last week menswear trade show Pitti Immagine Uomo held its 90th edition in Florence. We bring you a report from the event, highlighting the burning issues and best exhibitors at one of the most prominent fixtures in the menswear calendar.

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24414 Jun 2016
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Brand national: 

We examine the ways that design can reflect and influence national identity.

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2437 Jun 2016
00:30:00

‘Reporting from the front’ – Venice Architecture Biennale: 

We decamp to Veneto in northern Italy for a report on the best from the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Chilean curator (and recent Pritzker Prize-winner) Alejandro Aravena has invited the designers of 61 national pavilions to explore how architecture can tackle some of the pressing social and political concerns of our times. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports.

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24231 May 2016
00:30:00

What’s in a logo?: 

Today we mull over the benchmarks of branding and the benefits of a likeable logo. We talk nation branding and Canada’s visual identity with Toronto correspondent Chris Frey and chart the rise and fall of logos in fashion. Plus: we hear the history of the iconic Olivetti icon and Josh Fehnert asks a partner from Pentagram about the rules for designing a decent visual identity.

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24124 May 2016
00:30:00

Joys of spring: 

We head to Beirut to take the temperature of the nation’s design scene and pop into a pottery studio in Copenhagen for a masterclass in the ceramic arts. We also talk to a type foundry finding inspiration in its archives and get a few summertime sartorial tips from Monocle’s Jamie Waters.

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24017 May 2016
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Sitting pretty: 

We get comfortable with a mainstay in the world of industrial design and chart the history, meaning and importance of the humble chair.

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23910 May 2016
00:30:00

On the money: 

This week we unearth a few treasures in an industry not so synonymous with design – that of money. We ask the team at Snøhetta how they revamped the Norwegian bank note, consider how the Balkans’ turbulent past is reflected in its various currencies and visit the British Museum for a lesson on world history through numismatics. Plus: Adrian Shaughnessy joins us to discuss the handsome new Unit Editions tome ‘Graphic Stamps’.

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2383 May 2016
00:28:57

Flying colours: 

On today’s show we shine a light on the most fundamental of visual delights: colour. We chart the tale of three intriguing hues with journalist Kassia St Clair, consider the importance of colour in defining certain cities with author John Sutcliffe and dip into the world of indigo dyeing.

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23726 Apr 2016
00:27:52

How do you cover design?: 

Today we turn our editorial gaze back onto our own turf and consider how to cover a subject as diverse and delightful as design in print and online. Are magazines as influential as they used to be and do clicks and online articles pay the bills? We also mull over the effects of the industry on editorial and graphic design with art director Francesco Franchi.

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23619 Apr 2016
00:27:56

Fair do’s: Salone del Mobile: 

On today’s show we report from the vanguard of good design Salone del Mobile, Milan’s messy behemoth of a party for the design industry that overtook Lombardy’s capital last week.

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23512 Apr 2016
00:30:00

Women in architecture: 

This week we hone in on the role of women in architecture and design. We consider the life and legacy of Zaha Hadid, speak with two leading female architects about their work and re-evaluate a few women who have been overlooked in the history of architecture.

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