Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree
Tall Stories on Monocle 24: One of the UK’s most established and symbolic festive traditions. As nations around the globe get into the festive season, our Business editor Matt Alagiah takes a look at one of the UK’s most established and deeply symbolic Christmas traditions: the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree.
The staff at Swedish brand Ikea are going to have an especially merry Christmas this year with the furniture giant offering a £1,200 (€1,400) bonus for long-time employees as it wraps up a year of terrific growth. Success in China has spearheaded a 20 per cent rise in profits in 2016 and the brand is not about to rest on its laurels. This year it made the headlines with PR-friendly and innovative designs, such as its prototype refugee shelter and Sladda, a flatpack bicycle. The years ahead will see a more concrete change to Ikea’s business approach: CEO Peter Agnefjäll recently announced plans to bring the brand closer to urban centres as parts of multi-purpose developments, where Ikea shops will sit alongside hotels and offices.
Monocle pop-up shop in Merano
Visit The Monocle Seasonal Shop in Merano for some exclusive Christmas shopping. Open now.
The Monocle Café
As the temperature cools head to The Monocle Café for mulled wine, hot drinks and other warming treats.
Featured podcasts and chapters
Very British Types
Anyone who has used public transport in London or read a classic Penguin paperback will be familiar with the work of seminal UK type designers Edward Johnston and Eric Gill. Now a new book, ‘Johnston and Gill: Very British Types’, looks at the development of the sans serif typefaces that bear their names, as well as the impact that they had on visual culture in the UK and around the world. We meet the book’s author Mark Ovenden.
Stadtflucht Bergmühle: Vienna
In Vienna you are never far away from a green place: parks are plenty and vineyards and leafy hills are all within easy reach. Plus: there are lots of places to kick back and relax beyond city limits.
Explainer 37: Japan and Russia’s dispute over the Kuril Islands
In December Russian president Vladimir Putin will fly to Nagato for a summit with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. Ending Tokyo’s longstanding dispute with Moscow over the southern Kuril Islands will be a top priority. We discuss why.
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Culture with Robert Bound
When almost every city in the world seemingly has one, what is the role of the biennial? We wonder who does this soft-power attraction best and which parts of the world benefit from them as a showcase of how dynamic and cultural they can be.
Thursday 8 December
We discuss Donald Trump’s strategy to defeat Isis, look to the future of Air Force One and analyse a controversial settlement bill in Israel. Plus: our man in Belgrade shares the city’s highs and lows in 2016 and asks what 2017 has in store.
Books: Guadalajara International Book Fair
We hand things over to journalist Tom Smith, who was at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair. He sits down with Jeronimo Pizarro, a jury member of this year’s main prize, and together they go through a couple of titles from the event.
Wednesday 7 December
We ask whether MPs can still halt the Brexit process and assess how rebels have been pushed out of Aleppo’s Old City. Plus: why is Angela Merkel looking to appeal to Germany’s right-wing voters?
In 2003, after a globetrotting career as a broadcast journalist, Nancy Durham and her philosopher husband planted a lavender field on their Welsh farm. What began as a passion project evolved into a much-loved company that distills lavender oil to create creams, balms and chocolate, all inspired by Welsh hill farmers. Durham tells Daniel Giacopelli about her transition from journalist to farmer, as well as mistakes made and lessons learned.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Copenhagen
Copenhagen is a city shaped by good design, from its clever public spaces to its network of cycling lanes and renowned furniture industry. Follow our guide to discover why the Danish capital is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Copenhagen is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Monocle preview: December/January issue 2016
Our December/January double issue sees us go for growth as we explore smart ideas and profile blossoming business to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year. All that plus our Travel Top 50 and Soft Power Survey. Available now at The Monocle Shop.
Soft Power Survey 2016/17
In this year's Soft Power Survey we look at the hard truths of politics and how a tumultuous year has affected the softer sides of nations. Find out who’s in and who’s out as we count down to the winner.
The Monocle Travel Guide Series: Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a city budding with talent: it's a haven for artists and architects, top chefs, fresh designers and trendsetting retailers. Our guide will take you beyond the Hollywood bubble and uncover the diverse and exciting culture scene. Published by Gestalten, The Monocle Travel Guide to Los Angeles is available now at The Monocle Shop.
Issue 99 ∙ December 2016/January 2017
Go for growth! Fertile ideas to fix your nation, life and playlists. A double issue of opportunities, smart ideas and blossoming businesses to prepare you for the holiday season – and a very fruitful New Year.
Issue 98 ∙ November 2016
Canada calling: why it’s time to take a fresh look north. From Toronto to the high north – Monocle reports on a nation that’s flexing mind and muscle, re-engaging diplomatically and spreading its wings.
Free to read in this issue
Could it be magic?
The Netherlands’ fourth-largest city is attracting young entrepreneurs in droves. They come for a slower pace of life and to work in one of Europe’s friendliest and best-connected mini hubs.
When magazine editor Aaron Hicklin opened a bookshop in upstate New York, he wanted to move beyond the usual roster of titles. In the year since he launched, his guest-edited book lists have driven sales and put One Grand on the map.
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The Fast Lane
I’m dreaming of a ‘weiss’ Christmas
I ventured into Schumann’s Tagesbar, found a seat in the corner and picked up a copy of Handelsblatt. A sharp-looking waiter in a white jacket took my order and promptly returned with some bar snacks and warming glass of Spätburgunder wine
The Bulletin with UBS
We focus on potential political risk ahead for Europe: the likelihood of further successes for anti-establishment politics, the impact of more populism (and maybe more anti-EU sentiment) for the bloc and how investors can be best placed to exploit such turbulent times.