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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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Top-flight design:

The practice of designing something as large and oft-seen as aeroplane livery deserves deep thought about brand values; we speak to two designers (from our sister firm Winkreative) who have revamped the look of Air Canada's fleet. Plus: a few flush finds from Frankfurt's ISH bathroom design fair and our New York bureau chief on US architecture.

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28421 Mar 2017
30 min

Top-flight design: 

The practice of designing something as large and oft-seen as aeroplane livery deserves deep thought about brand values; we speak to two designers (from our sister firm Winkreative) who have revamped the look of Air Canada's fleet. Plus: a few flush finds from Frankfurt's ISH bathroom design fair and our New York bureau chief on US architecture.

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16 Mar 2017
4 min

On Design 32: Is the broadsheet newspaper here to stay?: 

The decline of the broadsheet newspaper has long been anticipated but in 2017 big papers still reign on newsstands and are looking better than ever. Fernando Pacheco explains why.

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28314 Mar 2017
30 min

Are Antwerp’s best days still ahead of it?: 

Nestled in the heart of Flanders – Belgium’s Dutch-speaking northern region – Antwerp has garnered a reputation in recent years as a regional city with a global reach. Today we bring you interviews with some of its brightest design talents.

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9 Mar 2017
4 min

On Design 31: Dutch courage – who was Hendrik Petrus Berlage?: 

Hendrik Petrus Berlage’s architecture was more than just an aesthetic triumph. His socialist principles literally and figuratively shaped Amsterdam and still influences Dutch designers to this day.

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2827 Mar 2017
30 min

Design at the Rio Carnival: 

We wander through the Oscar Niemeyer-designed sambadrome and get a taste of the design that underpins the colour of the Rio Carnival. Plus: a design-minded new workspace in Brooklyn and a closer look at Canadian architecture and its relationship with the environment.

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2 Mar 2017
5 min

On Design 30: Will LA lose its iconic palm trees?: 

Palm trees have been one of the most recognisable symbols of Los Angeles for decades. But as many of the city’s trees near the end of their lives and the city opts to plant native flora the future is uncertain. Josh Fehnert gets to the root of the matter.

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28128 Feb 2017
30 min

Fixing Madrid Fashion Week : 

We report from Madrid Fashion Week and meet its recently installed director, Charo Izquierdo, and ask if the Spanish capital can ever rival London, Paris or New York. Meanwhile, architecture critic Michael Webb on why we need more apartment buildings and a closer look at a boundary-blurring project from Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar.

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23 Feb 2017
6 min

On Design 29: What is metabolic architecture?: 

This week Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson tells us about Metabolism, an obscure and futuristic Japanese architectural movement from the 1960s that drew on influences ranging from living organisms to communism.

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28021 Feb 2017
30 min

Meeting Santiago Calatrava: 

A sit-down with the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, plus a digest of what you might have missed from Stockholm Design Week.

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16 Feb 2017
4 min

On Design 28: How did Portugal fall in love with azulejos?: 

Monocle’s Lisbon correspondent Trish Lorenz explores the enduring appeal of azulejos — the decorative tiles that have been a mainstay of Portuguese craftsmanship and design since the 16th century.

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27914 Feb 2017
30 min

Stockholm syndrome: 

We report from Stockholm Design Week, including emerging talents and design at the Norwegian Embassy. Meanwhile, as Netflix releases a new documentary series about design, we speak to one of its producers, former ‘Wired’ editor in chief Scott Dadich.

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9 Feb 2017
4 min

On Design 27: Will Rome warm to its new congress centre?: 

The building has recently opened after a 16-year wait. Designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, it is an aesthetic triumph – but a fraught political climate has made for a mixed reception.

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2787 Feb 2017
27 min

Glazed and confused: 

We visit a show at Central Saint Martins that shines a light on ceramics design. Plus, a visit to a Portuguese rug atelier who is fusing traditional techniques with a contemporary aesthetic, and a conversation with photographer Paul Barbera about his new book documenting the workspaces of some of the biggest creative talents in Japan.

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2 Feb 2017
4 min

On Design 26: Can you own a colour?: 

This week design journalist Kassia St Clair unpicks a row that’s rolling on in the aftermath of sculptor and artist Anish Kapoor’s much-publicised attempt to copyright a colour. We hear who’s come out red faced and which parties stayed whiter-than-white in the fall out.

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27731 Jan 2017
30 min

The design game: 

This week we don our sporting colours to mull over the role of stadiums in our cities and think about the role of colour in sport. Plus, a tour of a modernist complex in Belo Horizonte by the late Oscar Niemeyer.

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