Monocle editors on their favorite design capitals


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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Sunday, November 4th, 2018

How Swedish house producer Axel Boman travels

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”

Sunday, October 21st, 2018

The ‘high organic’ style of Sweden’s Gert Wingårdh


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”

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Five companies remaking Danish design


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”

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Five mind-blowing futuristic hotel designs


Anyone interested in how big ideas and new technologies in the travel sector will transform the guest experience in the near (and distant) future should pay close attention to the upcoming Radical Innovation Awards. Now in its 12th annual edition, the competition and year-round community challenges designers, hoteliers, and students to pioneer compelling ideas in travel and hospitality. Earlier this fall, the organization announced three finalists, which will compete in a live pitch presentation at the New Museum in New York City on Wednesday, October 3, after which a live audience will vote to determine the grand-prize winner of $10,000 and the runner-up prize of $5,000. All of the finalists will have an opportunity to meet industry experts who can help further their concept. Check out the 2018 finalists and honorable mentions below, and click here to RSVP to the live event.

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Sunday, September 30th, 2018