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As London Design Festival gets underway, designer Jasper Morrison joins Josh Fehnert to talk about the threads linking fashion and industrial design. Plus: we wrap our series with finds from Maison et Objet in Paris.

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21 Sep 2017
8 min

On Design 59: A brief history: 

Men’s briefs have become a firm fixture in the underwear department. But it wasn’t always so. Ben Rylan tracks their evolution.

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31019 Sep 2017
30 min

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As London Design Festival gets underway, designer Jasper Morrison joins Josh Fehnert to talk about the threads linking fashion and industrial design. Plus: we wrap our series with finds from Maison et Objet in Paris.

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14 Sep 2017
5 min

On Design 58: How to refurbish a Soviet cinema: 

This week Monocle’s Melkon Charchoglyan takes a peek behind the curtain at how the old cinemas of the Soviet Union are being brought back to life – some more tastefully than others.

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30912 Sep 2017
30 min

Home truths: Maison et Objet: 

A special report from the halls of this biannual design fair in Paris. We hear from managing director Philippe Brocart and pick out some fine finds from Begg & Co, Marimekko and Kristina Dam.

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7 Sep 2017
5 min

On Design 57: How do you upholster a commuter train?: 

Upholstering seats used by millions of people each day is no mean feat. Thankfully for Londoners, a line of ingenious designers have proven themselves up to the job of outfitting commuter trains.

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3085 Sep 2017
30 min

Licence to kiln: 

Is clay making a comeback? Design journalist Katie Treggiden discusses her new book that profiles 25 makers across six cities. And have you ever wondered why most passports are just one of four colours? We speak to an editor who’s been investigating how countries use design to express their international identity.

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31 Aug 2017
5 min

On Design 56: Reviving an icon: 

Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Nacional, designed by world renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, reopened its doors earlier this year after being shut for more than 20 years. Monocle’s Sheena Rossiter tells us more about this masterpiece of hospitality architecture.

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30729 Aug 2017
30 min

Reinventing retail: 

Can Arket reimagine the way we shop? We take a tour of the H&M Group’s latest all-encompassing retail experience and consider how to revive the department-store model. Plus: we ask whether cities have been too quick to embrace the cycle scheme and extol the virtues of the humble carpark.

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24 Aug 2017
6 min

On Design 55: Ella Hansen – the woman who saved Carl Hansen and Søn: 

Furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen and Søn is a third-generation family-run Danish business. It was established by Carl Hansen in 1908, taken over by his son Holger Hansen in 1934 and then run by his two grandsons, first Jørgen Gerner and now Knud Erik. What most accounts of the company tend to gloss over, however, is the 20 years for which Holger’s wife Ella Hansen ran the company.

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30622 Aug 2017
30 min

Boom or bust: statues in the city: 

Statues are important civic landmarks so what can instating and removing them say about a city and its relationship to its past? We find out how Budapest is remembering its Soviet history. Plus: we talk to curator and architect Aaron Betsky about his handsome new title and augur the future of robotics in design at the Vienna Biennale.

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17 Aug 2017
7 min

On Design 54: Off the rail: saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Vienna’s trams: 

Many of Vienna’s older (and better-designed) trams are being phased out. We track the history of the vehicle that’s long kept the Austrian capital moving.

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30515 Aug 2017
30 min

Design in print: 

As some of architecture and design’s flagship titles lag, are the smaller independents asking the biggest questions? Journalist Katie Treggiden joins us for a review of the newsstand. Plus we speak to IA Collaborative’s Dan Kraemer about his mission to revive and reprint a long-lost title he thinks every designer should own.

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10 Aug 2017
5 min

On Design 53: How did a flip-flop become a Brazilian icon?: 

As Brazil weathers turbulent economic times, footwear brand Havaianas stands out as a homegrown success story. Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco takes a closer look at the designers of the world’s most ubiquitous flip-flop.

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3048 Aug 2017
30 min

Rethinking modernism: 

Modern marvel or bleak box? Modernism is one of the most divisive architectural movements of the 20th century. We talk to Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, founding directors of The Modern House and authors of a new book that argues why it’s time for us to reassess our definition of modernity. Plus: the new mapping tool offering architectural tours of London and our selection of three standout autumn fashion campaigns.

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3 Aug 2017
5 min

On Design 52: Who was Austen St Barbe Harrison?: 

After the British captured Jerusalem in 1917, they decided to preserve everything behind the 16th-century walls of the Old City. But outside, modernity was calling and Austen St Barbe Harrison, the city’s chief architect, would change the city forever.

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