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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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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.

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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.

2031 Sep 2015

Home from home: 

As ‘The Monocle Guide to Cosy Homes’ hits the shelves we take a look at the products, places and people that make for some of the best places to live. We visit furniture shop Førest London and hear from architect Pascal Flammer who built a “stöckli”, or farmstead, for his family. Plus: we take a virtual tour of Barcelona’s remarkable Walden 7 apartment complex.

20225 Aug 2015

Graphic greatness: 

David Plaisant takes a look at graphic-design master Lance Wyman as a new monograph on his work, including his artwork for the Mexico 1968 Olympics, hits the shelves. We also speak to world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind as he reveals the tower he has designed for Jerusalem. Plus: we take a look at chic yet sustainable womenswear in Iceland.

20118 Aug 2015

What’s your craft? : 

In today’s episode we tour workshops and studios from Canada to Cornwall. In Berlin we meet maverick perfumer Geza Schön, in Toronto we talk to leather craftswoman Robin Ackitt of Ship Island Leather and in Cornwall we get a masterclass in blacksmithing from Tristan Kessel and James Kerr. But first we hear from entrepreneur Helen Osgerby on her new Simple Shape online platform and shop.

20011 Aug 2015

When is heritage historic? : 

As London’s 1998 British Library is granted the highest level of protection, we ask what constitutes heritage and what makes this building so special. We also open up our summer suitcase of fashion and other beach essentials as the season hots up. Plus: as Washington DC opts for an official font, we ask if Neutra is the right decision.

1994 Aug 2015

Holiday notes: 

We meet Barcelona-based designer Marcel Baer whose brand Octaevo is inspired by the Mediterranean. We also pop into the London concept store Wolf & Badger. Plus we go to Queens to hear the new beats of Sensory Percussion, a gadget designed for drummers.

19828 Jul 2015

Taking shape : 

As the Olympic Games in Rio approach, our correspondent dons a hard hat and takes a look at the near-completed Olympic Village. Plus we visit the ‘Disarming Design from Palestine’ exhibition in Ramallah, Josh Fehnert meets the Polish developers of new design application Tylko and we look at the history of the US Embassy in Havana as it re-opens.

19721 Jul 2015

Modernist Los Angeles : 

We take a tour of iconic modernist complex Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Los Angeles, designed by Austrian-American architect Richard Neutra. We also hear from Madrid, where an exhibition charts the history of coming second in architecture and speak to Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar. Plus: we find out about the architectural side of Toronto’s Pan American Games.

19614 Jul 2015

Designed for living : 

We head to the Indonesian city of Bandung where architect-turned-mayor Ridwan Kamil is redesigning the concept of public space for a new generation. We also talk men’s fashion for the season ahead with Daphné Hézard and mull over the future of Chinese architecture with Shanghai studio Neri&Hu. Plus: we visit three monolithic apartment buildings in Montréal that offer a snapshot of how good design can outlive fads.

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