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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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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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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.

Duration: 00:06:01

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.

Duration: 00:28:50

On Design 61: The minarets of Istanbul

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

Duration: 00:04:40

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, a masterfully renovated department-store-turned-office, and talk cork with Portuguese designer Hugo Passos.

Duration: 00:29:22

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.

Duration: 00:05:52

London Design Festival

We explore the London Design Fair with the man in charge, Jimmy MacDonald. Plus: we get crafty at a week of activities organised by Portuguese Makers and meet the well-heeled gents at Italy's Micam footwear fair.

Duration: 00:26:58

On Design 59: A brief history

Men’s briefs have become a firm fixture in the underwear department. But it wasn’t always so. Ben Rylan tracks their evolution.

Duration: 00:08:01

Fair play

As London Design Festival gets underway, designer Jasper Morrison joins Josh Fehnert to talk about the threads linking fashion and industrial design. Plus: we wrap our series with finds from Maison et Objet in Paris.

Duration: 00:29:00

On Design 58: How to refurbish a Soviet cinema

This week Monocle’s Melkon Charchoglyan takes a peek behind the curtain at how the old cinemas of the Soviet Union are being brought back to life – some more tastefully than others.

Duration: 00:05:34

Home truths: Maison et Objet

A special report from the halls of this biannual design fair in Paris. We hear from managing director Philippe Brocart and pick out some fine finds from Begg & Co, Marimekko and Kristina Dam.

Duration: 00:29:33

On Design 57: How do you upholster a commuter train?

Upholstering seats used by millions of people each day is no mean feat. Thankfully for Londoners, a line of ingenious designers have proven themselves up to the job of outfitting commuter trains.

Duration: 00:05:07

Licence to kiln

Is clay making a comeback? Design journalist Katie Treggiden discusses her new book that profiles 25 makers across six cities. And have you ever wondered why most passports are just one of four colours? We speak to an editor who’s been investigating how countries use design to express their international identity.

Duration: 00:26:37

On Design 56: Reviving an icon

Rio de Janeiro’s Hotel Nacional, designed by world renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, reopened its doors earlier this year after being shut for more than 20 years. Monocle’s Sheena Rossiter tells us more about this masterpiece of hospitality architecture.

Duration: 00:05:22

Reinventing retail

Can Arket reimagine the way we shop? We take a tour of the H&M Group’s latest all-encompassing retail experience and consider how to revive the department-store model. Plus: we ask whether cities have been too quick to embrace the cycle scheme and extol the virtues of the humble carpark.

Duration: 00:26:55

On Design 55: Ella Hansen – the woman who saved Carl Hansen and Søn

Furniture manufacturer Carl Hansen and Søn is a third-generation family-run Danish business. It was established by Carl Hansen in 1908, taken over by his son Holger Hansen in 1934 and then run by his two grandsons, first Jørgen Gerner and now Knud Erik. What most accounts of the company tend to gloss over, however, is the 20 years for which Holger’s wife Ella Hansen ran the company.

Duration: 00:06:05

Boom or bust: statues in the city

Statues are important civic landmarks so what can instating and removing them say about a city and its relationship to its past? We find out how Budapest is remembering its Soviet history. Plus: we talk to curator and architect Aaron Betsky about his handsome new title and augur the future of robotics in design at the Vienna Biennale.

Duration: 00:28:47

On Design 54: Off the rail: saying ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to Vienna’s trams

Many of Vienna’s older (and better-designed) trams are being phased out. We track the history of the vehicle that’s long kept the Austrian capital moving.

Duration: 00:07:28

Design in print

As some of architecture and design’s flagship titles lag, are the smaller independents asking the biggest questions? Journalist Katie Treggiden joins us for a review of the newsstand. Plus we speak to IA Collaborative’s Dan Kraemer about his mission to revive and reprint a long-lost title he thinks every designer should own.

Duration: 00:27:26

On Design 53: How did a flip-flop become a Brazilian icon?

As Brazil weathers turbulent economic times, footwear brand Havaianas stands out as a homegrown success story. Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco takes a closer look at the designers of the world’s most ubiquitous flip-flop.

Duration: 00:05:13

Rethinking the modern movement

Modern marvel or bleak box? Modernism is one of the most divisive architectural movements of the 20th century. We talk to Matt Gibberd and Albert Hill, founding directors of The Modern House and authors of a new book that argues why it’s time for us to reassess our definition of modernity. Plus: the new mapping tool offering architectural tours of London and our selection of three standout autumn fashion campaigns.

Duration: 00:28:15

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