Like other state-owned mail services, Swiss Post is under pressure from private-sector competition and the internet, but it is not running scared. The firm is transforming itself into a media and technology brand.
On the ground floor of Midori House, we’ve just pulled back the door on two cosy wool-lined studios, and two equally handsome control rooms. Also we’ve populated them with a fresh and informed crew of the best broadcasters…
Two productions by K+D for video installations in Paris. The first, an extract from the video installation presented at Paris Capitale de la Création, 2004: 'The curse of bears and dolls in Paris sky'. Second, an extract from the video installation presented at Baccarat's showroom for Designer's Days 2004, Paris: 'Beauty and Beast having a fight and breaking dark crystal'.
Kaoru Kubo welcomes thousands of travellers to Japan every day. A former announcer for public broadcaster NHK Kubo has, for 23 years, been the voice of the Airport Limousine buses that ferry passengers to and from Narita Airport. Her announcements are said in both Japanese and English, and her no-nonsense delivery has a cult following. It's also a quick introduction to Japanese etiquette. Once she's told you not to, you won't even think about chatting on your mobile phone. (With thanks to Airport Limousine).
Downloadable novels, written to be read on mobile phones, are the most remarkable success story in Japanese publishing. The fledgling industry is already worth ¥9 billion (€57m) a year – while sales of traditional books are…
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.
To lead an election in Brazil, TV and comedy are two vital winning ingredients. The nation’s often comical political broadcasts are what keeps many voters interested, says Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco.