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Product designer and consultant Jared Mankelow on why launching a watch kept business ticking. Plus: exploring Amman Design Week and a turn at the British Ceramics Biennial.

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19 Oct 2017
6 min

On Design 63: The throwaway brilliance of Bic: 

How a French company specialising in stationery, lighters and razors became one of the most commercially successful design brands in the world.

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31417 Oct 2017
30 min

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Product designer and consultant Jared Mankelow on why launching a watch kept business ticking. Plus: exploring Amman Design Week and a turn at the British Ceramics Biennial.

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12 Oct 2017
6 min

On Design 62: Munich’s Olympic legacy: 

This week Monocle's Mikaela Aitken tells us about the cocooned arenas and tasteful typography of Munich’s Olympiapark.

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31310 Oct 2017
30 min

Past, present and Neutra: 

Architect Tim Campbell reveals what his restoration of Richard Neutra’s Singleton House can teach us about designs – and when renovation means leaving well alone. Plus we’re in Ljubljana to hear from the Future Architecture Festival and how the city’s Design Biennial is rethinking troubled Tito-era architecture.

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5 Oct 2017
4 min

On Design 61: The minarets of Istanbul: 

We take a closer look at the architectural history of Istanbul’s skyline-defining minarets.

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3123 Oct 2017
30 min

It’s a sign: 

How much can swish signage improve the fortunes of a high street business? We’re pointed in the right direction by Vienna’s traditional sign-painters and check in with London’s Luminor Sign Co. Plus: we tour Squire and Partners, a masterfully renovated department-store-turned-office, and talk cork with Portuguese designer Hugo Passos.

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28 Sep 2017
5 min

On Design 60: Greece’s kaikia boats – a maritime design icon: 

The typically short-mast, colourful fishing boats known as “kaikia” that dot Greece’s coastline are descendents of a boat-building tradition that dates back to the Bronze Age. Under threat from modernity, the kaikia’s admirers are pushing back.

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31126 Sep 2017
30 min

London Design Festival: 

We explore the London Design Fair with the man in charge, Jimmy MacDonald. Plus: we get crafty at a week of activities organised by Portuguese Makers and meet the well-heeled gents at Italy's Micam footwear fair.

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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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