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February 2016

Are you a host with the most? The art of first impressions. Our first Reader Survey on the friendliest people, nations, cities, airports, hotels and brands – and how you can join their smiling ranks.

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Observation

A warm welcome from editor in chief Tyler Brûlé as he expounds on the importance of receiving guests in the right way: fail to invest the necessary finances and effort when it comes to first impressions and it could be the…

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Welcome to our table

Blessed are the cheesemakers – not to mention the brewers, bakers and restaurateurs – who make sitting down to eat and drink with friends such a keen pleasure. Here’s our pick of the vital victuallers making Monocle’s…

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Sugar rush

In a village just outside Venice the focus turns from canals to confection: we visit the factory where Scaldaferro makes its renowned nougat.

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Inventory no.90

Our hospitable haul offers soaps to scrub with, sake to raise a toast, a lamp to set the mood and a scent-ilating incense burner for creating just the right atmosphere for entertaining.

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Family fortunes

As hotels strive to personalise premises, a wave of family-run inns is offering a homespun brand of Med hospitality.

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Design briefing

Furniture-makers, a type foundry and an events space to rent. Plus: our Design editor has some tips for the tradeshows.

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People's palace: Henselmann Tower

Karl-Marx-Allee was the most famous street in the GDR, lined with socialist-era ‘palaces of the workers’.These apartment blocks are now attracting a discerning crowd and fostering a creative community – and the Henselmann…

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Raising the bar

What goes into the cocktail shaker to rustle up a peerless drinking den? Our editors (all experts on the subject, of course) sat down over a bottle or two to come up with this vision of the perfect bar; come and join us for…

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Letters from home

We meet the makers and painters continuing the aesthetic legacy of their cities, creating and preserving signs with gold leaf, ochre-white paint and neon tubes.

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Making an entrance: AllesWirdGut

Meet the architecture firms that put a premium on coming up with elegant solutions for interiors that reflect their owners’ personalities. Their work in Bangkok, Christchurch and Vienna imbues hotels, restaurants and bars…

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Making an entrance: Onion

Meet the architecture firms that put a premium on coming up with elegant solutions for interiors that reflect their owners’ personalities. Their work in Bangkok, Christchurch and Vienna imbues hotels, restaurants and bars…

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Advance preview

‘Game of Thrones’ and high-definition, step aside: ‘Game of Silence’ and ultra-high-definition are here to take centre stage. Tune in for all the televisual delights that 2016 and beyond has to offer with our titillating…

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Vocal heroes

When Qantas successfully wedded its brand to an Australian anthem, it was an ad man’s dream come true. After nearly 20 years, the welcoming campaign is still going strong thanks to the children’s choirs that bring the…

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Mucho gusto: Instituto Cervantes

Spain is doing an eloquent job of selling itself around the world by using its language to introduce people to its customs and culture. We meet the Madrid and Tokyo branches of the Instituto Cervantes’ global network.

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Top of the tree

Perched between ravines and woodland in Baden-Württemberg’s valleys, a crop of homegrown companies are branching out while remaining faithful to their roots. From a watchmaker to a brewery, we size up the firms successfully…

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