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May 2013

Attack at dawn: the new media battle to get you out of bed. The TV hosts, radio anchors and editors who want to be your breakfast companions. A Monocle report from frontlines in Sydney and beyond.

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Our home

‘Playing house’ is one of the more fun adult games. But furnishing a home from scratch is a gradual process and after you’ve bought a property your budget might not stretch to your dream collection. But it is important to…

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Fashion briefing

This month's style round-up, including hand-stitched shoes from London, chinos from Copenhagen and bags from Vienna.

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Comeback Kids

What do a textiles business in Japan, a UK shoemaker, a fashion firm in Italy and a publishing company in Lebanon have in common? They are all examples of brands whose obituaries had been written until new life was breathed…

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Top twenty five

The objects that fill our homes may not define us but they do have a subtle effect on mood and creativity – so be nice to your subconscious and let the natural, simple and handcrafted surround you.

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Five studios

If you’re going to employ someone to invade your living space for months and reconfigure your home, you really need to trust the person you call. Here are five design studios, from New York to Sydney, who know how to make…

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Focus on the Future

Making tortoiseshell glasses by hand is a rare and exacting skill. One of the last practitioners, Maison Bonnet, is making sure the art survives, thanks to its keen young apprentice.

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Behind the Camera

Film producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen exemplifies the hard graft that goes into getting films onto the big screen in a timely and cost-effective fashion. She tells Monocle about winning an Oscar, shunning Hollywood and…

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Three design stores

Inviting interiors, inspiring inventories and artisanal appeal: we’ve picked out three stores that are truly dedicated to design.

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Part of the furniture

Architect and designer Luigi Caccia Dominioni will turn 100 at the end of this year, having plied his trade in Milan since the 1940s. He works from outside to in, as famous for his exteriors as he is for his interior fur…

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Man on a Mission

Mexico’s new president has drafted a bold to-do list for his country: end poverty, fight crime and radically change worldwide opinion. Monocle caught up with Enrique Peña Nieto in Italy’s capital to find out how he intends…

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Expo 63: Heads above water

After the demise of its cod-fishing industry, Fogo Island looked to be in trouble. The tide is turning on its fortunes today thanks to a lifeline of cultural projects, a new hotel and jobs.

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Defence Briefing

The world goes to cyber-war, Brazil prepares a new rang of submarines and we meet Washington's man in Yangon.

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Book credits

The Hyundai Card Design Library has opened in South Korea’s capital, its shelves stacked with thousands of diverse design titles in appropriately impressive surroundings.

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Swiss precision

The Swiss carrier has established itself as a trusted link between Lugano and regional airports overlooked by the major airlines. Its focus on premium options and service is winning business clientele.

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Settee slicker

B&B Italia is renowned for its curvaceous and audacious design. We dropped in to its hi-spec hideout near Milan to cast an eye over the craftsmanship that defines its globally expanding business.

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Puerto Varas

Patagonia combines the best of natural beauty and local culture. In Puerto Varas, ambitious restoration projects are putting the town’s roots centre stage.

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Bienvenue en Inde

Nestled in a corner of India is a town of pétanque and pâtisseries: Pondicherry is home to 7,000 French expats. It’s a microcosm of the flourishing business ties between France and India, but is it ready for major economic…

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Rise and Shine

As Australia wakes up, journalists, producers and media executives in its most cosmopolitan city prepare for another day fighting for ratings and readers in a fast-changing business. And it’s here, across the breakfast…

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Woolly Wonkas

From hi-tech US military labs to the traditional textile mills of northern Italy, wool pioneers are forging new fabrics that could change the procurement practices of the world’s frontline forces. We investigate how a…

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Samba style

Set on a mountainside with views over the Atlantic and surrounded by trees and tranquillity, this Rio residence reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its Parisian and Swedish occupants.

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Case study

German luggage maker Rimowa broke into the tough North American luxury market with working practices and corporate ethics transplanted from its Köln home. As it grows its business, the company is confounding those who said…

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Camera obscurer

In Chiba, photographer Shinichi Ito found the perfect canvas for his laid-back style. A short stroll from the sea, he has crafted a cosy refuge within the wood and concrete shell of a most unusual property.

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Post Taste

Located in a former post office, Kokako was set up by the owner of a coffee company, who believes in being close to his customers.

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Media Briefing

The Tasmanian selling rare books in Hong Kong, and the innovative publisher re-issuing art and fashion books in Brazil.

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City of Mod

The mayor of Colombia’s second city is forging ahead with plans to fight inequality and cut the murder rate. His success may hinge on the creation of new jobs and an influx of foreign business.

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Rummage sale

Shinji Kitada’s trade show, Jumble, is an intimate affair – by expo standards – that favours small and medium-sized fashion labels but which has an impressively global roster to match its international ambitions.

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A great Dane

Photographer Thomas Ibsen’s house, a classic of the post-war ‘funkis’ style characterised by simple lines and clever use of light, is filled with design treasures and new pieces that he’s created.

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Design of the Times

We’ve covered all bases with our Design Directory, and met the mayors, majors and media taking on this diverse discipline.

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Art Market Briefing

The new international photography fair in London, a new gallery in Toronto and the Frieze show in New York.

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Desert Operation

It’s twice as big in area as Tel Aviv but it has only 200,000 residents – and a reputation for being dusty and dreary. Be’er-Sheva’s mayor, however, plans to change that. But the makeover leaves little space for the local…

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Taps and tales

From toilets and baths to energy-efficient heating systems, the world’s biggest sanitation trade fair is where you’ll first see the technology that eventually makes it into our bathrooms. *Monocle* pays a visit.

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Europe Briefing

What Belarus's autocrat president Aleksandr Lukashenko has in his wardrobe, why a new theme park in Greece is ruffling feathers, and Bulgaria's upcoming elections.

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Know your options

Layer with gusto this spring to cope with chilly nights in Stockholm, hot flushes in Tangier or a sudden London downpour. That’s our forecast for seasonal success.

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Asia Briefing

South Korea's first female president and her motorcade, why pakistan and Turkey are getting together, and who's the favourite in the Philippines polls.

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Inventory no. 63

Make your workspace orderly, your skin healthy and your drinks cupboard inviting with this month's line-up of *Monocle*'s favourite new products.

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Their bright materials

Functional meets beautiful in Taiwan’s cultured capital, and its independent shops are abuzz with creativity. We’ve been taking a fresh look at its wares, from cycling to ceramics, and talking to those lighting up the lives…

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