Our friends at Monocle report from around the globe in print, on radio, and online. As its editors and correspondents dart from city to city they get to know the best places to stretch their limbs, shop for rare finds, or kick back with a friend over cocktails. They also comb the streets for the best of the built environment, from brutalist apartment blocks and cutting-edge cathedrals to modernist masterpieces. Here, the Monocle team pick four of their favorite design-led destinations, selecting the cream of the architectural crop.
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In recent years, designers are increasingly returning to older craft traditions and working disused and antique pieces into contemporary interiors. The result is a revival of artisanship and history that bridges past and present. Continue reading “Newer doesn’t necessarily mean better”
Our latest excerpt from Sound Travels: DJs in Transit, Berlin 2012-2017, a collaboration between Berlin’s iconic techno club Watergate, the Cosmo Hotel, and Linus Dessecker, poses seven travel-related questions to Axel Boman, the Swedish house DJ and producer who broke out in 2010 with the epic screw house anthem “Purple Drank,” released on DJ Koze’s Pampa Records imprint. He launched his own label, Studio Barnhus, the same year with Petter (Border Community) and Kornel Kovacs. Since then, he’s produced remixes for artists like John Talabot and Harald Bjork and toured extensively. Continue reading “How Swedish house producer Axel Boman travels”
It seems only fitting that La Granja Ibiza—a farmstead that celebrates life and spiritual happiness—should also celebrate and honor the dead. This November 1, from 4pm to 4am, La Granja Ibiza’s carob tree will become a focal point for El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), the Mexican holiday devoted to honoring the deceased. Continue reading “Día de los Muertos at La Granja Ibiza”
One of Sweden’s most celebrated contemporary architects, Gert Wingårdh has gained a passionate following for his self-described “high organic” architectural style, combining high-tech with organic architecture and helping to pull Scandinavian design out of its late-20th-century Functionalist slump. Though he’s known internationally for his work on iconic structures like the Swedish embassies in Washington and Berlin, his most important works are predominantly in his native Sweden. He’s won the prestigious Kasper Salin Prize five times—for works in Lerum and Mölndal. With Nobis Hotel Copenhagen, the company’s first property outside of Sweden, Wingårdh stepped effortlessly into the world of hospitality, transforming the historic landmark building in Nils Brocks Gade into a cutting-edge contemporary luxury hotel that melds Danish classicism with an update on Wingårdh’s ultimate role model, Le Corbusier. Continue reading “The ‘high organic’ style of Sweden’s Gert Wingårdh”
No city has been more central to the development of contemporary design than Copenhagen. The hometown, not only of hygge, but of midcentury masters like Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, and Arne Jacobsen, the Danish capital was an important launchpad for an aesthetic featuring clean lines, functional furnishings, and a neutral palette, that today is inextricable from our idea of modernism. The Copenhagen of today is still a seedbed, nurturing a new generation of forward-thinking designers creating the brilliant spaces of tomorrow. Here are five standouts that every lover of design should know. Continue reading “Five companies remaking Danish design”