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The future of fashion retail:

We take a look at fashion startup 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 tech differently.

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28925 Apr 2017
30 min

The future of fashion retail: 

We take a look at fashion startup 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 tech 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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2864 Apr 2017
30 min

Apogee architecture: 

We speak to the photographer behind a book documenting the modernist architecture of Palm Springs under the light of the full moon. We also tour the new home of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, and our Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson gives us her Japanese design picks.

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30 Mar 2017
5 min

On Design 34: Who were the women of the Bauhaus?: 

The Bauhaus art and design school preached equality but who’s heard of Lucia Maholy and Marianne Brandt? Design journalist Katie Treggiden digs deeper.

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28528 Mar 2017
30 min

Home truths: 

We visit the Barbican Centre for a new show on postwar domestic architecture in Japan and jump up and down on the beds at Jerusalem’s first design hotel. Plus: a closer look at fashion brand Vetements’ decision to ditch Paris for Zürich.

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23 Mar 2017
6 min

On Design 33: How do you build for a tropical climate?: 

The architectural style tropical modernism is often cited but just as often misattributed. This week Monocle’s Istanbul bureau chief Chris Lord tells us about its unlikely roots and development.

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28421 Mar 2017
30 min

Top-flight design: 

The practice of designing something as large and oft-seen as aeroplane livery deserves deep thought about brand values; we speak to two designers (from our sister firm Winkreative) who have revamped the look of Air Canada's fleet. Plus: a few flush finds from Frankfurt's ISH bathroom design fair and our New York bureau chief on US architecture.

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16 Mar 2017
4 min

On Design 32: Is the broadsheet newspaper here to stay?: 

The decline of the broadsheet newspaper has long been anticipated but in 2017 big papers still reign on newsstands and are looking better than ever. Fernando Pacheco explains why.

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28314 Mar 2017
30 min

Are Antwerp’s best days still ahead of it?: 

Nestled in the heart of Flanders – Belgium’s Dutch-speaking northern region – Antwerp has garnered a reputation in recent years as a regional city with a global reach. Today we bring you interviews with some of its brightest design talents.

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9 Mar 2017
4 min

On Design 31: Dutch courage – who was Hendrik Petrus Berlage?: 

Hendrik Petrus Berlage’s architecture was more than just an aesthetic triumph. His socialist principles literally and figuratively shaped Amsterdam and still influences Dutch designers to this day.

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2827 Mar 2017
30 min

Design at the Rio Carnival: 

We wander through the Oscar Niemeyer-designed sambadrome and get a taste of the design that underpins the colour of the Rio Carnival. Plus: a design-minded new workspace in Brooklyn and a closer look at Canadian architecture and its relationship with the environment.

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