This week Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson tells us about Metabolism, an obscure and futuristic Japanese architectural movement from the 1960s that drew on influences ranging from living organisms to communism.
We report from Design Miami and design journalist Dan Rubinstein discusses the event’s successes and failures. We also hear from the Monocle art desk ahead of the release of our winter publication, Alpino and question the enduring legacy of concrete. Dec 10, 2013
‘On Design’ is a weekly feature brought to you by the team behind ‘Section D’. Over the course of a few minutes each week we profile a person, survey a place or unpack an idea that’s shaping the design industry. In this debut episode James Taylor-Foster guides us through the meaning and importance of postmodern architecture.
Today we mull over the benchmarks of branding and the benefits of a likeable logo. We talk nation branding and Canada’s visual identity with Toronto correspondent Chris Frey and chart the rise and fall of logos in fashion. Plus: we hear the history of the iconic Olivetti icon and Josh Fehnert asks a partner from Pentagram about the rules for designing a decent visual identity.
We explore the life and career of Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza. During six decades of work Siza’s style has come to encompass the optimism of the post-Salazar years and speaks volumes about Portugal’s soft-power pull today.
Today we turn our editorial gaze back onto our own turf and consider how to cover a subject as diverse and delightful as design in print and online. Are magazines as influential as they used to be and do clicks and online articles pay the bills? We also mull over the effects of the industry on editorial and graphic design with art director Francesco Franchi.
We visit an exhibition of drawings and paintings that cast light on the formative years of the late Zaha Hadid and ask about the enduring pull of the French capital in the world of couture, with a rundown of January’s packed fashion calendar. Plus: the finest from Paris’s preeminent design tradeshow Maison & Objet.
After Bulgaria’s first elections were held in 1990, the free market rushed in to fill the economic vacuum left by the fall of communism. On one side there arose a new class of oligarchs and on the other, against a backdrop of economic failure, the notorious organised crime sector of 1990s Bulgaria. These newly moneyed people, many of whom were involved or connected to the construction industry, needed somewhere to live, work and play. The havoc of building that followed threw up a chaotic architectural vernacular that some call “mafia baroque”.
This week we take a look at a critically important but less visible facet of the architectural world: competitions. How does the unbuilt world affect the built world? How do you design an architecture competition that delivers a winner for clients, architects and the public? And what’s the best way to approach competitions as a design firm? Listen to find out.
This week Monocle’s Tokyo bureau chief Fiona Wilson takes us through the life and work of Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who through his buildings and writings has reinterpreted traditional Japanese architecture for the 21st century. We explore the career of the man charged with the construction of the hotly contested Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
We share a few tall tales with one of the last great modernist architects, Moshe Safdie. Meanwhile, we consider the legacy of seminal UK typographers Edward Johnston and Eric Gill and talk to the architect who has achieved that rarest of things: a well-designed trade-show booth.
This week design journalist Kassia St Clair unpicks a row that’s rolling on in the aftermath of sculptor and artist Anish Kapoor’s much-publicised attempt to copyright a colour. We hear who’s come out red faced and which parties stayed whiter-than-white in the fall out.
Trying to articulate a political vision through visual branding is fiendishly difficult. Luckily for those design-challenged prospective parliamentarians out there, Monocle’s Andrew Mueller has a few sage words on the matter.
We decamp to Veneto in northern Italy for a report on the best from the 15th International Venice Architecture Biennale. Chilean curator (and recent Pritzker Prize-winner) Alejandro Aravena has invited the designers of 61 national pavilions to explore how architecture can tackle some of the pressing social and political concerns of our times. Monocle’s Chiara Rimella reports.
On today’s show we turn our attention to the crossroads where design and architecture meet film, from a documentary about a St Louis housing project to an appreciation of the title sequence of ‘Superman’.