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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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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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Go ape

See no evil, hear no evil and you know the rest – what we’re trying to get at is that the advent of the Year of the Monkey is a very positive development. Peel a banana, grab a friend to groom and find out why.

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Thinking ahead

Roman roads that still lead the way, the future of the EU, the sheer pleasure of swinging an axe and a few more subjects to fire up your imagination and get you talking in 2016.

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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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Stuff in your stocking

From tips for an office overhaul to suggestions for a stuffed pantry, we're recommending a few additions to your kitchen, garden and even your toolbox. We've got ideas by the pallet-load.

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All over the shops

Whether you want to prettify yourself in Portland, buy a clutch of books in Helsinki or snag some shoes in Singapore, our selection of retailers has you covered – and if Christmas gifts are on the agenda, head to Berlin fo…

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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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Dished up

We spread the news about a Parisian bakery that combines a contemporary interior with traditional pastries and a café in Istanbul that hopes to turn the city’s tea-drinkers onto coffee. In England, of course, the time…

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Work wonders

Manufacturing in Turin may have withered but the Borgo Rossini district has made grand use of empty industrial spaces to refashion a warm community in its place.

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Take your pick

This month’s array of places to stay includes a regency-era London hotel, a renovated bank in North Carolina and a hostel in Tokyo that offers books instead of breakfast.

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Inventory no.88

This month we bring you tea strainers from Tokyo, flower pots from Florida, ceramics from Sydney and, of course, something to spice up your drinks cabinet.

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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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Expo 87: The swing of things

High in the Brünig Pass, menfolk from all walks of life come to grapple, heave and hurl in an arcadian celebration of traditional Swiss wrestling. Monocle joins the crowd to watch the sawdust fly.

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Taste makers

From Singaporean hawker food in New York and Sweden’s largest organic supermarket to woodfire-grilled offerings and a new batch of Aussie gin, we survey the food world’s most delectable developments.

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Turning over a new leaf

Once a seedy neighbourhood with an air of debauchery, Zürich’s Kreis 4 is now a shiny hub of creativity. But the clean-up that began in 1995 didn’t involve a clear-out: a glimmer of the red-light district remains as neon…

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