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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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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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29827 Jun 2017
30 min

Israeli design special: 

At only 69 years old, Israel is a young country with countless identities. But what does this mean for the nation’s contemporary designers, artists and makers? We take a design-minded tour of the country to find out.

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22 Jun 2017
4 min

On Design 46: What can Düsseldorf teach us about urban planning?: 

In transitioning from a city designed for cars to a city designed for people, Düsseldorf proves that even sacred cows – in this case the city’s beloved ‘Tausendfüssler’ overpass – can sometimes be sacrificed for the greater good.

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29720 Jun 2017
30 min

New frontiers of design: 

We take a look at how the design industry is exploring new frontiers: the RIBA’s new venue in Liverpool, the advent of outdoor lighting with the chief executive of Flos and what to watch out for in the menswear industry.

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15 Jun 2017
5 min

On Design 45: Did Norman Foster invent the modern office in Ipswich?: 

The Willis Corron building in Ipswich launched Norman Foster’s career and set the standard for modern offices in the unlikeliest of settings.

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29613 Jun 2017
30 min

California: designing freedom: 

London’s Design Museum looks at the Golden State’s influence, we speak to the co-chief executive of one of the biggest architecture and design firms in the US and we meet one of the people responsible for some of the most recognisable rock art of all time.

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8 Jun 2017
4 min

On Design 44: Vertical gardens: a breath of fresh air for overcrowded cities?: 

As a city grows, the need for greenery becomes ever more acute while the space available for it becomes ever scarcer. How to solve this paradox? One solution is to grow upwards.

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2956 Jun 2017
30 min

Illustration: the state of the art: 

We talk to two leading illustrators about the past, present and future of the art form. Plus, eyewear innovation in Vienna and modern office furniture from Another Country.

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