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September 2015

Beep, beep! Our survey of stealthy new start-ups and family firms. World exclusive: we talk the banger business and hedgehog funds with Japan's miniature success story — and a host of real characterful companies

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Sunny disposition

Berlin’s new urban lido in the post-industrial RAW-Gelände district is a welcome summer retreat. But it’s not just where the German capital’s 24-hour party people head to cool off: a whole community, young and old, is…

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Classical revival

Greece has recently been grabbing the headlines for all the wrong reasons. But while commentators indulge in unhelpful schadenfreude, we think it is high time to celebrate the things the country still does rather well.

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Passing the gavel

Auctioneering is an exacting blend of salesmanship and performance art. So says Christie’s veteran auctioneer Hugh Edmeades as he brings his years of expertise to training Marlous Jens, a new recruit to the profession.

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Capital gains

Lithuania no longer looks enviously across the Baltic at its well-to-do Nordic neighbours and its capital illustrates why. Self-confident, creative and well-educated, the city typifies how a small nation can realise big…

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Quiet types

The things they make are so familiar we barely notice their presence. Allow us to introduce the masters of ubiquity whose products always seem to be exactly where you need them.

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Signs of the time

Setting up your own business brings both challenges and rewards. Introducing our special issue on entrepreneurial success, we seek advice from two special experts in the field.

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July/August

Is this your perfect match? We name the best places to call home. From handsome to just a little bit gritty, a ranking of the world's Top 25 Cities in our Quality of Life Survey. Monocle Global Report

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Built to plan

It isn’t as easy as some governments might suppose to build a metropolis from scratch with all the vibrancy of a city that has grown naturally. So here are three examples of cities from different periods of history that…

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Refit for purpose

Like so many accidental entrepreneurs, Masataka Baba only started his business because no one was offering what he needed. Now, having turned dozens of Tokyo’s disused commercial buildings into rentable properties, his firm…

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Driller thriller

Urban roads and country highways may be getting more congested but there is light at the end of the tunnel. The epic business of taking transit underground is enjoying a technological boom and things are only getting bigger…

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June 2015

By air, by land and... look, no hands! Monocle’s 2015 Transport Survey. Elegant two-wheelers, sleek run-abouts, a Japanese mini-jet and cute ways to commute. The people, products and players that make the world go round

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Garden city

EmQuartier is the sparkling centrepiece of Bangkok’s new luxury retail district. Its visionary CEO tells Monocle why it’s more like a movie blockbuster than a shopping mall.

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Unique exhibit

Martin Roth, director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, has broadened the institution’s artistic scope in the four years he has been in charge. And he’s got a plan for the next 10: championing culture’s crucial role in…

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Out of the past

Historically isolated from the rest of Japan, Kanazawa’s economy is now expanding thanks to a new rail link to Tokyo. But its inhabitants are determined to preserve the city’s unique traditions and distinctive architecture…

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May 2015

We can make it together: a design guide to building it better in 2015. Monocle's industry of perfect plumbing, sharp architecture and elegant joinery for anyone wanting a finer home – Special Survey.

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Team player

Despite his position as the president and COO of Ritz-Carlton, one of the world’s top hotel groups, Herve Humler’s ability to motivate all around him regardless of role is a modern-day inspiration.

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