This weekend enjoy a look behind the thinking of the world’s best photographers in New York, seek out the works of a master sculptor in Buenos Aires, and enjoy the bittersweet new album from London band, Comet Gain.
As part of a soft-power drive, the Chinese media is learning to talk a new language. Monocle visits the studio of CNC World, a recently launched 24-hour English-language news channel owned by the state-run agency Xinhua.
In a bid to lure fickle advertisers and demanding audiences, TV news has become increasingly bland and banal. And so too have the stations' studios. Everything looks so cheap and dull. That's why we've been playing fantasy broadcasting at Monocle. For our April issue, we asked Anders Nord to create "Nordic News Network", a channel that would bring both demanding journalism and a touch of style to the world of current affairs. And for monocle.com, the Swedish designer tested his CAD animation skills to engineer this fly-through of the NNN bureau. At last some good news for global-affairs fans.
Less is more is the concept for Bildschöne Bücher, a small bookshop in Berlin that has grown out of the highly successful website 25books.com. Proprietor Bodo von Hodenberg, a former sales director of Taschen, takes a curatorial approach to bookselling, highlighting exceptional books in photography, art and design.
This weekend find the common ground between language and art in Toronto, appreciate some of the finest leather in the world with Hermès in Hong Kong, and enjoy the new album from Swedish band Simian Ghost.
The prospect of next year's Winter Games in Sochi should be creating nothing but excitement; instead it's attracting criticism for alleged human-rights transgressions. What's happened to the notion of an Olympic spirit?