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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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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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23 Feb 2017

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.

28021 Feb 2017

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.

16 Feb 2017

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.

27914 Feb 2017

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.

9 Feb 2017

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.

2787 Feb 2017

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.

2 Feb 2017

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.

27731 Jan 2017

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.

26 Jan 2017

On Design 25: Can wearing a headscarf define a nation?: 

Few items of clothing have as much symbolism stitched into their history as the keffiyeh. Mary Pelletier explains how this traditional scarf became a political icon in Palestine.

27624 Jan 2017

Zaha Hadid: artist or architect?: 

We visit an exhibition of drawings and paintings that cast light on the formative years of the late Zaha Hadid and ask about the enduring pull of the French capital in the world of couture, with a rundown of January’s packed fashion calendar. Plus: the finest from Paris’s preeminent design tradeshow Maison & Objet.

19 Jan 2017

On Design 24: How did Portugal perfect the pavement?: 

By arranging small flat pieces of stone by hand to form patterns and images, Portugal created one of its most iconic symbols: the ‘calçada portuguesa’, or Portuguese pavement. Monocle 24’s Carlota Rebelo mulls over the path that the craft has taken.

27517 Jan 2017

Pitti Uomo 91: 

We head to Florence to bring you a report from the 91st edition of Pitti Uomo, one of the most exciting events in the menswear calendar.

12 Jan 2017

On Design 23: What can a title sequence add to a film?: 

This week Ben Rylan, presenter of ‘The Cinema Show’, takes a closer look at an often overlooked piece of cinematic design: the opening title sequence. Though less and less common, the title sequence can be a powerful tool for setting the mood of a film. And when we asked Ben what his favourite title sequence was he replied: “There can be only one: 1978’s ‘Superman’.”

27410 Jan 2017

Sneaker special: 

On today’s boxfresh show we step into the well-worn world of wearable design as we cast our gaze streetward and talk shoe design with a 30-year veteran of the industry from Nike and an Argentinian cobbler making shoes to last. Plus: the new magazine for footwear aficionados.

5 Jan 2017

On Design 22: Is India building the wrong kind of architecture?: 

James Taylor-Foster, European editor at large at architecture website ArchDaily, surveys the state of Indian architecture and suggests a blueprint for a 21st-century vernacular.

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