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Going their own way: We shine a spotlight on the makers and companies doing things their own way. From Vienna to Melbourne, cushy hotel interiors to factories past and present, Monocle celebrates independence across the spectrum of design.

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21524 Nov 2015

Going their own way: 

We shine a spotlight on the makers and companies doing things their own way. From Vienna to Melbourne, cushy hotel interiors to factories past and present, Monocle celebrates independence across the spectrum of design.

21417 Nov 2015

Future of design: 

We discuss the role of design in our cities and the future of fonts with legendary graphic designer Lance Wyman. Plus, we take a little time to learn about a London-based watch fair that’s ticking over nicely.

21310 Nov 2015

Architecture and urbanism: 

We peruse the displays at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. Then we take a look at post-war buildings across England and hear from some longstanding East London manufacturers who are bucking the trend of constant change that’s come to define their neighbourhoods.

2123 Nov 2015

From Chicago to Rovaniemi : 

We hear how the Windy City is trying to reposition itself as a world centre of architecture and discuss the work of Finnish master Alvar Aalto in the remote Lap city of Rovaniemi. Plus: which products we think no good home should be without this year and a look back at Expo Milano 2015 as it finally closes its doors.

21127 Oct 2015

Logo modernism: 

Josh Fehnert investigates the modernist roots of the corporate logo by speaking to the editor of a vast new compendium on the subject. As Adobe Photoshop celebrates its 25th anniversary we look at the impact this program has had on those who make images. Plus we meet the team at urban design studio Wayward and those behind bag brand Hill & Friends.

21020 Oct 2015

Art at home: 

David Plaisant speaks to Seattle-based architect Jim Olson about creating the perfect space and atmosphere for art in domestic architecture. Plus we meet one of Muji’s principal designers, Naoto Fukasawa, as well as the British duo behind new label Hillier Bartley and Italian design theorist Gianluigi Ricuperati.

20913 Oct 2015

Building memories: 

David Plaisant speaks to architect Daniel Libeskind about the art and architecture of memory, plus we discuss plans to transform JFK’s iconic TWA Terminal. We also meet Jean Touitou, founder and creative director of Parisian brand A.P.C. and go to Singapore to meet the team at Ministry of Design.

2086 Oct 2015

Graphic lessons: 

Josh Fehnert sits down with grandmaster of US graphic and corporate design Michael Bierut to discuss a hefty new monograph that highlights his work for ‘The New York Times’, United Airlines and many more brands beside. We also hear the best from Vienna Design Week and visit the studio of Singapore’s Ministry of Design. Plus: we take a look at the passport created for Expo Milano 2015.

20729 Sep 2015

Sitting pretty : 

A colourful selection from the London Design Festival. We take in Ercol’s Flow chair designed by Tomoko Azumi, the showroom of iconic French interior designer Christian Liaigre and an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the British road sign.

20622 Sep 2015

Modern dreams : 

Josh Fehnert talks to the former design journalists who founded The Modern House as the website and property-selling platform celebrates its 10th anniversary. We also kick off London Design Festival with the founder of Punkt. and go up the garden path at the Spoga+Gafa garden trade fair in Köln. Plus: we pay a visit to Australian clothing brand Jac + Jack’s London shop.

20515 Sep 2015

Ljubljana Biennial: 

As Slovenia’s capital hosts the 60th anniversary rendition of the now famous Biennial of Graphic Arts, our correspondent takes stock of the historical, abstract and more applied side of the graphic design in the region. We also hear from Helsinki Design Week and take a look at Wilton’s Music Hall in East London as it reveals its new restored interiors.

2048 Sep 2015

Object lessons : 

David Plaisant takes in the sights, sounds, trends and industry insights of the Maison & Objet design fair as it marks its 20th anniversary. We hear from its director general Philippe Brocart who oversaw a major shake-up this year and speak to Rolf Hay from design brand Hay in Copenhagen, Giulio Iacchetti of Internoitaliano and pet furniture specialists MiaCara from Nuremberg.

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