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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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V&A’s new Chinese outpost:

We mull over the results of the V&A’s new Chinese outpost in Shenzhen’s Design Society, step out with US boot-maker Red Wing and proffer a list of wardrobe essentials for the winter.

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7 Dec 2017
5 min

On Design 70: Vans: the chequered history of a footwear giant: 

We take a closer look at how Vans rose from California’s 1960s skate scene to become one of the world’s most recognised sportswear brands.

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3215 Dec 2017
30 min

V&A’s new Chinese outpost: 

We mull over the results of the V&A’s new Chinese outpost in Shenzhen’s Design Society, step out with US boot-maker Red Wing and proffer a list of wardrobe essentials for the winter.

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30 Nov 2017
5 min

On Design 69: Camouflage – design hiding in plain sight: 

In any given combat scenario the soldiers, vehicles and weapons are likely to be almost totally covered in camouflage. It’s an essential component of modern warfare. But as a design innovation, it’s younger than you might think.

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32028 Nov 2017
30 min

Design at the dining table: 

Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation president and CEO of the eponymous glassware firm, spills the secrets of successful drinking and dining. Plus: David Mellor Design’s Corin Mellor, choosing chairs with the Design Museum of Denmark and Carl Hansen & Søn, and we set the table with Monocle’s editor in chief, Tyler Brûlé.

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23 Nov 2017
6 min

On Design 68: Spirited design – why the martini glass matters: 

Whether its contents are shaken or stirred, the silhouette of the angular martini glass stems from its prohibition heyday and charts the history of how we drink.

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31921 Nov 2017
29 min

John Pawson: 

We sit down with master of minimalism John Pawson as he reveals his love of colour in a new photography book, ‘Spectrum’.

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16 Nov 2017
6 min

On Design 67: Michael Bierut: 'Fear of Color': 

This week graphic designer Michael Bierut gives us a sneak peek of an essay from his new book: 'Now You See It and Other Essays on Design'.

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31814 Nov 2017
30 min

Self-built homes: 

We visit two unlikely lanes in South London to mull over the legacy (and lessons) of self-built architecture in a city struggling to build enough new homes. Plus, a word with Dennis Tay, the Singaporean success story behind the design-minded retailer Naiise.  

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9 Nov 2017
4 min

On Design 66: The enduring influence of the Bauhaus: 

The Bauhaus was only in operation for 14 years but its work and ideals have continued to influence designers to this day. We take a closer look at the institution’s living legacy.

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3177 Nov 2017
30 min

Can supersonic flight land a new lease of life?: 

This week we round up of some of the most exciting design developments in travel – in the air and on the ground.

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2 Nov 2017
6 min

On Design 65: Milan’s tall storeys: 

Recent years have seen Milan’s urban developers embrace the skyscraper. But is it genuine modernisation or simply a case of pandering to big-name architects?

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31631 Oct 2017

Questioning modern architecture: 

What most books label the 'history of architecture' is often a celebration of a narrow and subjective canon of works. But should we think differently about how we designate the desirable from the architecturally anonymous? Plus: reports on the winners of the Africa Architecture awards and Ralph Erskine award.

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26 Oct 2017
5 min

On Design 64: Montevideo's Palacio Salvo: a towering presence: 

With its whirling beehive-style top overlooking Montevideo’s skyline, the Palacio Salvo was the tallest building in Latin America for decades. It also happens to have played an outsized role in the life of the Uruguayan capital.

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31524 Oct 2017
30 min

Made in North Korea: 

We examine how product and package design evolves free from exposure to the outside world with Nicholas Bonner’s new book, ‘Made in North Korea’. Plus: ditching the digital with Polaroid’s new instant camera and how Kohler’s flush new idea is helping people build better bathrooms.

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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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