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1957 Jul 2015

Fair’s fair : 

Josh Fehnert meets the founders of ‘Fiera’, a new magazine that catalogues the output of the world’s design fairs. Plus Tom Morris meets design impresario Kelly Hoppen, David Plaisant goes to Battersea Power Station to check up on the progress of Phase One and we report from Toronto’s annual RAW Canvas conceptual architecture event.

19430 Jun 2015

Ben van Berkel: 

UNStudio's founder Ben van Berkel speaks to Josh Fehnert about the Canaletto tower where London's Islington and Shoreditch districts meet. Plus we meet Brazilian jewellery designer Monica Pondé, Copenhagen's technology and environment mayor and discuss contemporary Norwegian design with ambassador Mona Juul.

19323 Jun 2015

Sheffield on show: 

We head to Sheffield Design Week as the city pushes itself as a centre for design in the shadow of its manufacturing heritage. We talk to designer Ilse Crawford about The Pier, a new premium lounge for Cathay Pacific, and meet CEO of Montblanc, Jerome Lambert.

19216 Jun 2015

Let’s play!: 

David Plaisant investigates the legacy of brutalist architecture on the playground at the RIBA in London. We also hear from Ottawa, where a memorial is causing planning controversy, and Fernando Augusto Pacheco seeks pleasure and pain at a new exhibition on shoes.

1919 Jun 2015

Beirut bound: 

We take a look at what Lebanese designers can show the world and who else is exhibiting at Beirut Design Week. We find out why Milan’s Domus Academy design school is revamping its curriculum, speak to Dutch typographer Joep Pohlen about his ultimate type reference guide and assess the architectural similarities between Istanbul and London.

1902 Jun 2015


We head to the World's Exposition in Milan and see which pavilion takes pride of place. Plus we take in the fresh scents and subtle tones of Brooklyn perfumery DS & Durga.

18926 May 2015

On the move : 

As Monocle issues its annual Transport Survey, we look at the UP Express in Toronto, excellent new terminals at Narita and Canberra airports and the design of TAP’s in-flight magazine. Plus we don our trunks and bikinis to discover the history of swimwear.

18819 May 2015

Material choices: 

This week we explore a wide selection of excellence in design, from a special installation by Piet Hein Eek for New York Design Week to the solid beauty of the humble red brick in Hamburg and a Manchester menswear outfitter setting up shop in London.

18712 May 2015

Changing spaces: 

A look at two prominent architectural projects that are set to drastically change their urban context: the recently completed Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the ongoing redevelopment of London’s Battersea Power Station. We also seek a definition of luxury at the V&A and visit the London Stationery Show.

1865 May 2015

Quality assured: 

Famed Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld speaks to Tom Morris on the importance of quality of life and we look back at some of our departing design editor’s favourite Section D moments. Plus we take a tour of Madrid’s iconic Edificio Princesa apartment complex.

18528 Apr 2015

Salone special: part two: 

In the second part of our Salone del Mobile series, Tom Morris meets Piero Gandini – the CEO of leading lighting manufacturer Flos – Carole Baijings of Dutch brand Scholten & Baijings and designers Michael Anastassiades and Lee Broom to discuss their newest products.

18421 Apr 2015

Salone special: numero uno: 

The first of our two-part selection from Milan's Salone del Mobile where we meet world-class designers Jasper Morrison, Rodolfo Dordoni and Ronan Bouroullec.

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