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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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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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31417 Oct 2017
30 min

Watch closely: 

Product designer and consultant Jared Mankelow on why launching a watch kept business ticking. Plus: exploring Amman Design Week and a turn at the British Ceramics Biennial.

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12 Oct 2017
6 min

On Design 62: Munich’s Olympic legacy: 

This week Monocle's Mikaela Aitken tells us about the cocooned arenas and tasteful typography of Munich’s Olympiapark.

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31310 Oct 2017
30 min

Past, present and Neutra: 

Architect Tim Campbell reveals what his restoration of Richard Neutra’s Singleton House can teach us about designs – and when renovation means leaving well alone. Plus we’re in Ljubljana to hear from the Future Architecture Festival and how the city’s Design Biennial is rethinking troubled Tito-era architecture.

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5 Oct 2017
4 min

On Design 61: The minarets of Istanbul: 

We take a closer look at the architectural history of Istanbul’s skyline-defining minarets.

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3123 Oct 2017
30 min

It’s a sign: 

How much can swish signage improve the fortunes of a high street business? We’re pointed in the right direction by Vienna’s traditional sign-painters and check in with London’s Luminor Sign Co. Plus: we tour Squire and Partners, a masterfully renovated department-store-turned-office, and talk cork with Portuguese designer Hugo Passos.

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28 Sep 2017
5 min

On Design 60: Greece’s kaikia boats – a maritime design icon: 

The typically short-mast, colourful fishing boats known as “kaikia” that dot Greece’s coastline are descendents of a boat-building tradition that dates back to the Bronze Age. Under threat from modernity, the kaikia’s admirers are pushing back.

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