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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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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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3031 Aug 2017
30 min

Design unwrapped: Packaging special: 

They say it’s what’s inside that counts but we’re unwrapping the importance of packaging. Lola James Harper’s Rami Mekdachi reveals how brown glass gave his fragrance brand an edge, Monocle’s Richard Spencer Powell lists his tips for getting the design right and we sit down in Vitra’s new Pacific Chair with designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.

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27 Jul 2017
5 min

On Design 51: Does trend forecasting fetter designers?: 

Trend forecasting has become big business in the fashion industry. But is there a risk that its prophecies are self-fulfilling, and curbing designers’ creativity?

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30225 Jul 2017
30 min

Driving force: automotive design special: 

Buckle up for a driving tour of the best in automotive design with Gordon Murray, the man behind the McLaren F1 road car. Plus: Monocle’s Robert Bound on the merits of being in the driving seat (and why George Jetson may have a steer on the future of motoring), and the third instalment of our Ljubljana design biennial mini-series.

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20 Jul 2017
3 min

On Design 50: Asmara: Africa’s best-designed city?: 

Unesco recently added the Eritrean capital Asmara to its World Heritage list for its Italian colonial architecture and odd mix of pleasantly preserved modernist buildings. To find out more about the capital of the troubled state – sometimes referred to as Africa’s answer to North Korea – and its peculiar architectural heritage we spoke to Martin Plaut, a fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies here in London.

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30118 Jul 2017
25 min

Design at work: 

Forget gimmicky running tracks, beanbags or an office slide: a well-designed workplace should be creative but still feel professional. We talk to the studio behind HBO’s new Seattle HQ. Plus: architect Richard Meier on the importance of public space in large-scale projects and we’re off for a walk in the Slovenian woods.

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13 Jul 2017
5 min

On Design 49: Why is Norwegian fashion booming?: 

Norway’s fashion designers were once seen as dull and their work was said to pale in comparison to the work of their Nordic neighbours. Now a new crop is changing all that. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella investigates.

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30011 Jul 2017
30 min

Home truths: 

Never mind the tight squeeze, London’s Isokon building offers a lesson in clever housing that today’s architects and developers should heed; we preview a new exhibition celebrating its most famous resident and founder of the Bauhaus School, Walter Gropius. Plus: how Denmark’s Ole Lynggaard brings a shine to jewellery design and a view from Ljubljana’s Biennial of Design.

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6 Jul 2017
4 min

On Design 48: What makes a memorable album cover?: 

Album sleeves provide some of the most recognisable designs in pop culture. But what sets the best apart? Monocle’s Andrew Mueller investigates.

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2994 Jul 2017
30 min

New Austrian fashion: 

Ditch the dirndls and leave out the lederhosen, there’s a fresh crop of fashion designers in the Austrian capital who are taking the nation’s wardrobe in new directions. Alexei Korolyov cuts a dash around town to investigate the city’s sartorial success.

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29 Jun 2017
5 min

On Design 47: How did the T-shirt become an American icon?: 

We trace the evolution of the American T-shirt from humble undergarment to ubiquitous wardrobe staple.

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