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Material world:

We speak to three young designers innovating with new materials at Interzum furniture production fair in Köln. We also ask if renovation and demolition have betrayed the values of Britain’s post-war architecture, and do a stocktake of the new shop at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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25 May 2017
5 min

On Design 42: How did the Fender Telecaster hit all the right notes?: 

Six decades after its debut, Fender’s Telecaster model remains one of the most iconic and enduring electric guitar designs. What’s more, it was the first commercially successful one. The reason? Sound design, of course.

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29323 May 2017
30 min

Material world: 

We speak to three young designers innovating with new materials at Interzum furniture production fair in Köln. We also ask if renovation and demolition have betrayed the values of Britain’s post-war architecture, and do a stocktake of the new shop at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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18 May 2017
5 min

On Design 41: How ‘Jantelagen’ shaped Stockholm’s fashion: 

‘Jantelagen’ – the ‘law of Jante’ – describes the Nordic mentality that celebrates the collective and not standing out from the crowd. Paradoxically, its application in fashion has helped designers from Stockholm distinguish themselves on the world stage.

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29216 May 2017
30 min

Eco chamber: Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017: 

We bring you interviews and analysis from the world’s premier forum on sustainability in fashion.

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11 May 2017
5 min

On Design 40: Why can’t jet design keep moving?: 

The commercial air-travel industry is moving fast but passenger jets have looked much the same for decades. Tristan McAllister asks why Boeing’s iconic 737 and 747 are hard to beat.

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2919 May 2017
30 min

Making it in the city: 

Voices from London Craft Week including its founder and chairman Guy Salter, British designer Jonathan Anderson and Barbara Geary Truan, secretary general of The Michelangelo Foundation. Plus, a report from Singapore’s Art Book Fair.

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4 May 2017
7 min

On Design 39: Will Vienna’s ‘Ladenschilder’ last another century?: 

This week Alexei Korolyov reports on shop signage, or ‘Ladenschilder’, from a city that’s preserved the art better than most: Vienna.

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2902 May 2017
30 min

The politics of architecture: 

On today’s show we visit two exhibitions looking at the meeting point of architecture, design and politics in two very different contexts. Plus, Archdaily editor James Taylor-Foster rounds up the latest developments in architecture and design.

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27 Apr 2017
4 min

On Design 38: Who is Shigeru Miyamoto?: 

If you’ve ever played a Nintendo games console you’ve probably enjoyed the work of Shigeru Miyamoto. The company’s driving creative force trained as a designer. Here Monocle’s David Phelan takes a closer look at his life and work.

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28925 Apr 2017
30 min

The future of fashion retail: 

We take a look at fashion start-up Farfetch’s plans to harness digital data to change bricks-and-mortar shopping. Plus, we explore the often hidden interiors of Singapore’s ubiquitous HDB housing blocks, talk mobile architecture and meet a San Francisco designer doing technology differently.

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20 Apr 2017
5 min

On Design 37: Who was Josef Frank?: 

Stockholm’s design chops are much touted but one practitioner from Austria helped shape the scene more than most locals. Josh Fehnert explores the legacy of the late Josef Frank.

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28818 Apr 2017
30 min

Hit the lights: more from Salone del Mobile 2017: 

We round off our coverage of this year’s edition of Salone del Mobile with a look at some of the Milanese design fair’s more conceptual exhibits.

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13 Apr 2017
5 min

On Design 36: Can Toronto’s signs show the way forward?: 

Breakneck development is straining Toronto’s already splintered visual identity. But could the city’s signage point the way to blending its past with its future? Monocle’s Toronto bureau chief Tomos Lewis reports.

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28711 Apr 2017
30 min

Salone del Mobile 2017: 

The world's biggest interior design fair wrapped up last week in Milan. In this episode we bring you a report from the show, including conversations with some of the biggest names in design.

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6 Apr 2017
4 min

On Design 35: Has Hario brewed the perfect coffee-dripper?: 

In a world of increasingly complex kitchen contraptions, Japanese glassware maestro Hario proves that less can be more with the right design and materials. Monocle 24’s Bill Leuty looks into the history of the brand and pays tribute to his favourite product: the V60.

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