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Tuesday 24 March

A global whip-round of this week’s design stories. Tom Morris goes to Baselworld watch fair and we meet the new president of Finnish design house Marimekko. Plus we go to Rio see the bikinis of Lenny Niemeyer and to Fran…



Design / Furniture

Making an entrance

A collaborative exhibition between Fabrica and Airbnb at Salone del Mobile will examine hospitality and hearty welcomes. That it will all take place at a magnificent private home made Monocle only too happy to accept an…


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Tuesday 17 March

Section D takes a special look at the incredible creations of the most important fashion designer of his time: Alexander McQueen. We take a tour of the V&A Museum’s vast retrospective and discuss McQueen’s legacy with The…



Design / Fashion

Pitti of angels

From renowned fashion houses producing new capsule collections to fresh brands rolling out eye-catching tailoring, the 85th incarnation of the Pitti Uomo trade fair was home to all manner of innovative approaches to mens…


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Tuesday 10 March

A focus on African design: Tom Morris sits down with French art director Pierre-Christophe Gam and architect and furniture designer Ifeanyi Oganwu. Plus we hear from the Vitra Design Museum where contemporary African design…


Design / Architecture

Don’t look back in anger

Wednesday 4 March

After an awkward exit from one of London’s nostalgia-fuelled Routemaster bus revamps, Monocle’s Tom Morris questions the desire to mine the past when designing for the future.

Last week I was on the bus reading a newspaper story about the shelving of plans to rebuild The Crystal Palace, the cast-iron, steel and glass monument to modernity that was built for the Great Exhibition in London in 1851…

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