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What to wear in 2018:

We’re flying our fashion flag at two of Europe’s leading menswear events: Florence’s Pitti Uomo and Paris Fashion Week Men’s. Plus: ingenious industrial designs at Köln’s interiors fair.

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18 Jan 2018
6 min

On Design 74: Neave Brown’s vision for London: 

The UK is facing a housing crisis, with no immediate solution in sight. The work of Neave Brown, who died last week aged 88, reminds us of the social values (as well as comely buildings) that are the legacy of modernism.

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32716 Jan 2018
30 min

What to wear in 2018: 

We’re flying our fashion flag at two of Europe’s leading menswear events: Florence’s Pitti Uomo and Paris Fashion Week Men’s. Plus: ingenious industrial designs at Köln’s interiors fair.

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11 Jan 2018
5 min

On Design 73: Casio’s timeless wristwatch: 

This unlikely Japanese design has graced the wrists of the famous and infamous (Osama bin Laden and Barack Obama both had one) since 1991. Here we pay homage to a humble masterpiece of industrial design: the Casio F-91W watch.

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3269 Jan 2018
30 min

Naked ambition: redesigning the hospital gown: 

Have you ever wondered why hospital gowns often leave one’s bare essentials exposed? We get to the bottom of it with health-wear company Care + Wear’s cleverly redesigned wearable. Plus: how Campari transplanted its brand from bottle to bar and tracking denim’s heritage with Levi’s vintage offshoot.

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5 Jan 2018
4 min

On Design 72: Peugeot’s design diversity: 

While best known for its cars, Peugeot has a diverse industrial design pedigree – spanning everything from bicycles to boats – that can be traced back to an altogether more homely object: the pepper mill.

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3252 Jan 2018
30 min

Argentina’s awkward architecture: 

Architecture in the Argentine capital is famously chaotic but a fresh crop of designers are giving the city’s skyline renewed elegance. We embark on a guided tour. Plus: Taschen’s ‘The History of Graphic Design’ and the governor of Chiang Mai on the role of design in the city.

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32426 Dec 2017
30 min

Hadid to Calatrava: a year in design: 

In this special programme, we look back at the defining ‘Section D’ moments of 2017, including an exhibition that pondered the legacy of Zaha Hadid, an interview with renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, Budapest’s thoughtful take on its polarising past and how Farfetch OS is eyeing up the future of fashion.

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32319 Dec 2017
30 min

Burton Kramer: 

Renowned Canadian graphic designer Burton Kramer discusses his 60-year career and the state of today’s industry. Plus: a lesson in good gift-wrapping with UK design firm Esme Winter.

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14 Dec 2017
5 min

On Design 71: Caracas’s vertical slum: 

The Centro Financiero Confinanzas high rise in Caracas – popularly known as the Tower of David – has become a monument to Venezuela’s political and economic crisis.

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32212 Dec 2017
30 min

Meeting Ole Scheeren : 

German architect Ole Scheeren talks greenery, density and building business in Southeast Asia. We get Jamie Fobert’s tips for running a successful studio and flick through a design-focused travel guide.

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7 Dec 2017
5 min

On Design 70: Vans: the chequered history of a footwear giant: 

We take a closer look at how Vans rose from California’s 1960s skate scene to become one of the world’s most recognised sportswear brands.

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3215 Dec 2017
30 min

V&A’s new Chinese outpost: 

We mull over the results of the V&A’s new Chinese outpost in Shenzhen’s Design Society, step out with US boot-maker Red Wing and proffer a list of wardrobe essentials for the winter.

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30 Nov 2017
5 min

On Design 69: Camouflage – design hiding in plain sight: 

In any given combat scenario the soldiers, vehicles and weapons are likely to be almost totally covered in camouflage. It’s an essential component of modern warfare. But as a design innovation, it’s younger than you might think.

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32028 Nov 2017
30 min

Design at the dining table: 

Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation president and CEO of the eponymous glassware firm, spills the secrets of successful drinking and dining. Plus: David Mellor Design’s Corin Mellor, choosing chairs with the Design Museum of Denmark and Carl Hansen & Søn, and we set the table with Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé.

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23 Nov 2017
6 min

On Design 68: Spirited design – why the martini glass matters: 

Whether its contents are shaken or stirred, the silhouette of the angular martini glass stems from its prohibition heyday and charts the history of how we drink.

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