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Essays and videos on the arts, literature, travel, rituals and celebrations
Cast out with love | Aeon
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

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Semiotics of dogs | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Semiotics of dogs

In all its baroque and sometimes cruelly overbred forms, the dog is a paramount symbol of both human hopes and foibles

Katrina Gulliver

The invention of trousers | Aeon
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History of technology

Unravelling the surprisingly epic story of the world’s oldest pair of trousers

45 minutes

The Waste Age | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The Waste Age

Recognising that waste is central, not peripheral, to everything we design, make and do is key to transforming the future

Justin McGuirk

The impossible map | Aeon
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Information and communication

There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion

10 minutes

Ride | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Gear up for a stylish celebration of vintage motorcycle design

6 minutes

Rooms | Aeon
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Home

How our rooms shape our world, and vice versa

3 minutes

Gradations | Aeon
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Mathematics

Delight as the hard-edged world melts into a full-rainbow spectrum of reality

2 minutes

Mexican handcraft masters: lacquer, gold and cane | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Pre-Hispanic and colonial traditions combine in Mario’s uniquely Mexican artworks

6 minutes

Zimoun: selected works | Aeon
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Engineering

Simple objects make for epic art installations of sound and movement

20 minutes

Art of the marbler | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The only thing more entrancing than a marbled book cover is the process that creates it

13 minutes

What do shoes do? | Aeon
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Design and fashion

What do shoes do?

Partly of the earth, partly of our body, the shoe sits on the edge of an ontological threshold. Where can it transport us?

Randy Laist

House: after five years of living | Aeon
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Architecture

The best home is a joyfully inhabited one – doubly so if its residents are design legends

11 minutes

Zapatería | Aeon
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Design and fashion

‘I make shoes because of beauty. Not because of shoes’ – on craft as a calling

3 minutes

Making an agate teapot | Aeon
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Design and fashion

How do you bring an 18th-century ceramic teapot to life? An artist puzzles it out

7 minutes

Tops | Aeon
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Sports and games

Watch Charles and Ray Eames put their 1969 spin on one of the world’s oldest toys

8 minutes

How the 18th-century gent got dressed | Aeon
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Anthropology

From stockings to wig, this is how to dress like a proper (18th-century) gentleman

5 minutes

Birth of a book | Aeon
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Design and fashion

What’s as satisfying as a good book? Seeing one made the old-fashioned way, by hand

2 minutes

A theory of style | Aeon
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Design and fashion

A theory of style

We can analyse how fashion works by breaking it down into networks of style elements. What role, then, for human creativity?

Frédéric Godart & Charles Galunic

Life in miniature | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Meat, mobility scooters, condoms – anything we make can be made in miniature

5 minutes

A film of flags | Aeon
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Nations and empires

Flying the flag with the tricolores, herring salads and cuadrilongas of the world

4 minutes

The universal design ideal | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The universal design ideal

At every turn, the design of our environments either creates barriers or opens doors. Let’s design a more humane world

Anna Leahy

Pioneer axe | Aeon
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Making

Forged by craft: the last axes made by eye and muscle, before automation took over

11 minutes

Beautiful coins | Aeon
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Design and fashion

Liras, drachmas and kroons: coins before the euro tell their own stories

2 minutes