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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.

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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London, United Kingdom

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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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English

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Midori House, 1 Dorset Street, London, W1U 4EG, UK +44 20 7725 4388


Episodes

Extra: Stan Lee and comic-book art

11/15/2018
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Comic-book fans are mourning the passing of Stan Lee, who helped to make a niche industry popular and lucrative. We discuss the growing appreciation of graphics and ask whether comic-book illustrators are due more recognition.

Duration:00:08:27

Elemental: the work of Alejandro Aravena

11/13/2018
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We meet Pritzker prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena to talk politics, climate change and architecture’s role in turbulent times. Plus: what is director Wes Anderson up to in Vienna?

Duration:00:28:54

Extra: The big Apple

11/8/2018
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Steve Jobs once said ‘Design is how it works’ – and it was a mantra that became a cornerstone in the success of iPhone. This week, as Apple launches its new iPad Pro (the latest in a long line of recent releases), we look back at some of the design features that introduced touchscreens, among many other technological advancements.

Duration:00:06:44

Meeting Olafur Eliasson

11/6/2018
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What can designers learn from artists – and where does one discipline end and the other begin? We sit down with Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson to find out. Plus: London-based watchmaker Uniform Wares on keeping time with the industry and our Fashion editor’s chat with a brand worth knowing.

Duration:00:29:20

Extra: Strings attached: Gibson guitars

11/1/2018
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It’s been a turbulent few months for Nashville’s Gibson guitars, which has just announced former Levi’s president James Curleigh as its new CEO. That’s music to the ears of fans of the ailing brand, with a proposed revamp aimed at retuning the business. We look back at the designs that made Gibson a headliner in the first place.

Duration:00:05:35

The Barbican estate: living with a legend

10/30/2018
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Fifty years since the first residents moved in, we explore life in London’s much-discussed brutalist housing complex. Plus: a tour of Sweden’s newly reopened National Museum after a five-year transformation.

Duration:00:27:36

Extra: Bricking it

10/25/2018
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“Bricks and mortar” is a phrase that evokes feelings of safety, reliability and permanence – but do these ancient materials pass muster in a world of sparkling glass towers? One architecture firm we spoke to thinks so. Henley Halebrown recently celebrated the traditional brick-built trope (with a twist) in the recently completed University of Roehampton’s Chadwick Hall.

Duration:00:07:38

Architecture for animals

10/23/2018
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We ask what designers dream up when they put animals at the centre of their thinking, see the silkscreen printers pushing on in Beirut and visit a Stirling prize-winning building to augur the future of the news industry.

Duration:00:28:18

Extra: Centre Point – taming a white elephant

10/18/2018
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The Centre Point building has been a firm fixture of the London skyline since its completion in 1966. Designed by George Marsh, its 33 storeys have remained virtually empty ever since. Together with Conran + Partners, Almacantar has redeveloped the Grade II-listed building with heartening intentions: but can it redesign public opinion?

Duration:00:06:37

‘Why Materials Matter’

10/16/2018
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We peek inside the innovative Berlin-based design company that’s developing pollution-eating façades to tackle city smog. Plus: Mexican architect Frida Escobedo on her love of traditional materials and a discussion on the ethics of what we build with in new book ‘Why Materials Matter’.

Duration:00:25:08

Extra: The Frankfurt kitchen

10/11/2018
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Considered to be a milestone in domestic architecture, we trace the roots of the modern kitchen back to 1920’s Frankfurt and the woman who cooked up a storm within in: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky.

Duration:00:08:25

Hostile architecture

10/9/2018
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We look at the ups and downs of ‘hostile’ or ‘defensive’ architecture, those prickly interventions designed to curb anti-social behaviour, vandalism and lingering. Plus: a new book about weaving and a special dispatch from Vienna Design Week.

Duration:00:24:56

Extra: Designing Disneyland

10/4/2018
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Will Disney’s theme parks continue to uphold the ideals of Walt’s original vision?

Duration:00:09:23

Fixing public space

10/2/2018
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Public space in cities is increasingly scarce, we seek out an example in Lebanon that’s getting it right. Plus: Monocle’s Fashion editor Jamie Waters on why Celine’s new creative director is causing a stir and a report on the designers who call Vancouver home.

Duration:00:27:59

Extra: Remembering Robert Venturi

9/27/2018
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We discuss the reluctant father of postmodernism and his life and work partner, Denise Scott Brown. Venturi redefined not only how buildings should look but how we should think about architecture’s role in the world.

Duration:00:08:15

‘California Captured’

9/25/2018
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We make for the sun-soaked hills of southern California to examine the post-war modernist-architecture boom (and mine a few lessons for today). Plus: Josh Fehnert talks to Katie Treggiden about London Design Festival.

Duration:00:27:05

Extra: The UK’s post-war prefabs

9/20/2018
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In post-war Britain, prefabricated houses were a temporary solution to a sudden housing problem; but 70 years on, some homes are still standing.

Duration:00:05:46

Meeting Renzo Piano

9/18/2018
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A London exhibition sheds new light on maestro Renzo Piano’s life work; we sit down with the man himself. Plus: we head Las Vegas to discover how graphic design has shaped Sin City.

Duration:00:28:54

Extra: Middle Eastern masonry

9/13/2018
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Architects, stonemasons and engineers in the Middle East have used ablaq for hundreds of years. Examples are found across Spain, the Middle East and North Africa, showing how architectural techniques pre-date the borders of modern states. Our correspondent in Beirut, Lizzie Porter, visits a restoration project in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli.

Duration:00:08:30

Meeting Manuel Aires Mateus

9/12/2018
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We meet Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus at his new headquarters to talk new projects, the value of teaching and why he’d never open a studio anywhere but Lisbon. Plus: Maison & Objet’s designer of the year, Ramy Fischler, and our picks from the London Design Biennale.

Duration:00:27:32