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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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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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January

From the editorial team at Monocle, our annual focus on the currents, trends and monkey business to watch out for in the year ahead.

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Read all about it

In the US, Germany, the UK, Indonesia, Hong Kong and China, a renewed interest in the printed word means more books are being dusted off and fewer e-readers are being turned on. Is this a new chapter?

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Reel deal

A slice of fairytale magic could be yours for €50,000 for a 30-second commercial or a cool €200m for a blockbuster – but where is the heart of animation in 2016? From paintbrushes to computer screens, we profile a superp…

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Portrait of a nation

The island state is not used to letting people do anything they want and that means it’s been stuck with a moribund arts scene. But the new National Gallery aims to change perceptions of the country at home and abroad.…

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December 2015/ January 2016

Hunker down for the holidays: a Monocle Christmas special. Feet up, curl up and read up – we sit down with Nato's secretary-general, take a studio tour with Ed Ruscha and meet Madrid's tough new mayor

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The Interview Series: Robert B Silvers

High-minded, rigorous and liberal: 'The New York Review of Books' has set the standard for long-form criticism since 1963. Monocle meets editor Robert B Silvers for a lesson in how to stay inspired and relevant.

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The Interview Series: Michihiro Maeda

As a child he had a dream job: testing toys for his father’s firm. Today Michihiro Maeda has taken the company to new heights and made its key product, Sylvanian Families, a toy destined for future success

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Idol worship

A contemporary-art world ‘rock star’, Franklin Sirmans arrives in Miami as the new director of the Pérez Art Museum intent on creating a focal point for the city’s creativity. He spoke to Monocle about Art Basel’s ongoing…

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The rules of Yule

It’s the most wonderful time of year so there’s no need to over complicate Christmas. All you need are good friends on two legs and four, seasonal tunes and some heart-warming flicks – all topped up with plenty of festive…

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Artistic licence

Ed Ruscha helped define the 20th century and his pictures have burnt themselves into the world’s retina. As he prepares for a new show in Berlin, Ruscha welcomes Monocle into his Culver City studio to talk work and inspi…

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November 2015

Design Directory: from Beirut to São Paulo, Rovaniemi to Toronto. Part two – of Monocle's overview of the best in handsome architecture, desirable furniture, retail outposts, fine craft folk and top designers.

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Labour of love

Despite our constantly changing reading habits, there’s still a place for printed independent magazines. Monocle met some pioneering editors and publishers who are not afraid to risk it all in order to tell the stories they…

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Media briefing

A typography treatise that delights, an interview with a crime author turned TV writer and an app with a difference.

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Culture briefing

A clubbing festival in Turin, a supernatural medical drama from Switzerland and a great John Grant album.

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Art market briefing

An Auckland auction house, a gallery in New York and a Q&A with the director of the Hirshhorn Museum.

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A boom of one's own

Far and free from the media hegemony that hangs over New York, the Bay Area is a hub of popular publications and pioneering ideas. With both old-guard papers and tech magazines shaped by Silicon Valley, this is the place…

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Press ahead

Publishing granddaddy Magazine House has helped guide Japan’s cultural conversation with a stable of timely titles. Monocle met the president for a lesson in vitality and to discuss print’s place in a digital world.

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October 2015

Our sharp survey of good looks, bright fashion and retail details. Look the business! The designers, brands and shopkeepers shaping the worlds of style and handsome commerce (and making good gear too)

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Media briefing

Les Echos enters the world of weekend supplements, plus this month’s audio and visual highlights.

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Cinema craft

As a new book of rare vintage posters is published by director Nicolas Winding Refn, he talks to illustrator Steven Chorney about the crucial and colourful art of marketing the movies.

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