Meet pioneers from the fields of design, art, fashion, sport, music and more. A range of talents, united by a mastery of craftsmanship, technique and innovation in their work and lives. Hear their stories and discover more about how those values have shaped them. Maybe you’ll gain a sense of the philosophy that has underpinned their journey and it might just inspire you – in however small a way – to follow in their storied footsteps.
Looking for answers
Explorer and campaigner David de Rothschild explains how his deep-rooted curiosity about the world has sparked extraordinary adventures, not to mention a burning passion for making the planet sustainable.
Word to the wise
Jonathan Hoefler, the brilliant craftsman behind an array of award-winning typefaces, meets Monocle contributor Henry Rees Sheridan in New York to share a few secrets of his trade – and his belief in the enduring power of typography.
Sam Bompas is one half of Bompas & Parr, a pioneering pair working at the cutting edge of food, drink and experience design. Since they first wobbled onto the London scene more than a decade ago with their incredible architectural jelly they’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible in dining and hospitality.
Making a mark
Designer Ronan Bouroullec and his brother Erwan run their studio from the heart of Belleville in Paris. Ronan welcomes Monocle 24’s Augustin Macellari to the studio to explain what drives his pursuit of excellence.
Looks good on paper
The photographer and co-founder of Apartamento magazine, Nacho Alegre, welcomes Monocle to his studio in Barcelona. He discusses the unique appeal of paper as a format, why meeting people sparks creative magic, and why innovation and tradition are happy bedfellows.
Outside the box
Artist and photographer Vik Muniz is famous for his use of materials that run the gamut from diamonds to chocolate. He speaks to us about how unconventional tools and collaborators have inspired his art – and what he thinks about the pragmatism of US design.