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Video/Design & Fashion

A film that dreams of a poem that dreams of tragedy and love

4 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

Not all paper is created equal: an 800-year-old tradition of making it by hand

6 minutes

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/Design & Fashion

What do clothes say?

Clothes can be forms of thought as articulate as a poem or equation. Why then does philosophy like to dress them down?

Shahidha Bari

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Idea/Design & Fashion

How beards put a brave face on threatened masculinity

Christopher R Oldstone-Moore

Video/Architecture & Landscape

Why humour and a complex character are as important in architecture as in people

3 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

Rustic automata – a world built out of spare parts powered by solar energy

9 minutes

Video/History of Science

Why data visualisation experts talk about truth, beauty, revelation and respect

8 minutes

Video/Music

‘Sgt Pepper’s’ challenging union of high and low culture, art and commodity

9 minutes

Video/The Home

What connects flying discs and good coffee? A lively mind fascinated by physics

6 minutes

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Discover the secret geometry of beauty – the mathematics of form and pattern

4 minutes

Video/Progress & Modernity

‘Human might, majesty and mayhem’: a visual time capsule from 1965

13 minutes

Video/War & Conflict

Inspired by toys, an Afghani inventor’s low-cost solution to landmine threat

4 minutes

Video/The Home

Why one of our simplest designs – the light bulb – is also one of our best

2 minutes

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Video/Childhood & Adolescence

‘Museum’ should rhyme with ‘amusement’: the credo of a toy collector

20 minutes

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Video/Memoir

An empire built on playing house: how imagination can change your situation

15 minutes

Essay/Design & Fashion

Losing the thread

Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again

Virginia Postrel

Video/Design & Fashion

How collotype printing, an outmoded technology, helps preserve Japan’s heritage

10 minutes

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Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

14 minutes

Video/Love & Friendship

Two bickering elderly sisters reveal tantalising glimpses of vivid lives

13 minutes

Video/Social Psychology

Is the office cubicle actually designed to crush your soul?

26 minutes

Video/Self-Improvement

A man with polio has been building a home-made helicopter for over 50 years

10 minutes

Video/Design & Fashion

A deadpan treatise on the craft of pencil-sharpening from a master artisan

9 minutes

Video/Sports & Games

The magical place in France where spinning wood tops are still made by hand

4 minutes

Essay/Architecture & Landscape

Tech aesthetics

Twitter has log cabins and Facebook has graffiti — what do the offices of tech giants tell us about the future of work?

Kate Losse

Essay/Cultures & Languages

Is nothing sacred?

Every culture looks for creative inspiration to other cultures, but is there a point when this is just outright theft?

Nabeelah Jaffer

Video/Progress & Modernity

Selling McDonald’s in China: an ad exec reflects on food porn and consumerism

14 minutes

Video/Law & Justice

An inmate defends his title in Scotland’s prison hairdressing competition

30 minutes

Video/Subcultures

To craftsmen, a motorcycle’s inner workings have their own kind of beauty

15 minutes

Video/Beauty & Aesthetics

Building a boat, plank by plank, is like giving life to an inanimate object

7 minutes