Contributors / Alicia Kirby

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Open house

As Norway finds fresh ways to tell its story through soft power around the world (in sponsoring everything from London club nights to international design shows), there’s one example that’s stood the test of time. The…

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Making an entrance

A collaborative exhibition between Fabrica and Airbnb at Salone del Mobile will examine hospitality and hearty welcomes. That it will all take place at a magnificent private home made Monocle only too happy to accept an…

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Picking up the pieces

An ambitious new generation of Greek architects is on the rise, demonstrating a unique approach to design. Forced by the nation’s economic malaise to raise their game, they are taking their skills around the world.

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Moving with the times

Molteni&C is an illustrious furniture company with nearly 80 years of industry experience – and it is having to call on all of its know-how to keep up with a fast-changing design industry. Monocle meets a family firm intent…

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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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Inventory No. 60

The passing of the festive season for another year doesn’t mean that gifts and alcohol should be shunned until December. Make a present to yourself of, say, some unique kitchenware or organic soap, kick back with a glass…

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The real deal

As we sat in Midori House we dreamed of one city where you could do all your Christmas shopping with ease. Then we realised where it was: Vienna.

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Viennese waltz

From glassware to gloves and we’ve scoured Vienna to find the best Austrian goodies you can take home and give to your loved ones this Christmas. Providing you can squeeze them into your Rimowa.

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Travel Top 50 2012/2013

From an exceptionally helpful member of hotel staff to a great view from your room, every little thing counts towards making a pleasant travel experience truly great. We’re sticklers for detail and in this annual survey our…

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Inventory No. 47

This month Monocle’s most desired products include a training kit to master wine aromas, an oversized skateboard made from a 19th-century library table and two must-have items for coffee addicts.

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Inventory No. 46

The Monocle shopping list this month contains the perfect birdhouse, a creamy artisan-crafted beer and earphones that stay where they’re supposed to.

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Les Batignolles

Once the stamping ground of Impressionist painters, this 17th arrondissement neighbourhood is attracting a new wave of residents fleeing the overpriced centre and seeking some old-fashioned charm.

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Heady days

Specialist scents, made by small artisanal producers, are beginning to make a big splash with retailers and consumers alike, as Monocle discovers on a visit to a Milan trade fair for the niche market.

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My last meal: Edmund de Waal

Renowned ceramic artist Edmund de Waal chooses an Italian restaurant in London’s Soho neighbourhood for his ‘last meal’. He’s fascinated by the visual experience of eating and at his alloted restaurant the food comes tapas…

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Inventory No. 43

Wooden games, fine chocolate, olive oil and extra-slim soap bars are on the Monocle shopping list this month

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All mixed up

From the perfect Martini to the best nibbles, plus something to read while sipping your sundowner, the Monocle drinks trolley is well stocked and ready for cocktail hour.

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Inventory No. 42

Well-made objects for home and office that have caught our eye this month, from tableware to tea towels and paper knives to pasta.

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Milling about

With a rapidly shifting media landscape and declines in newspaper sales, it might seem logical to expect paper mills to be struggling. Not so in the case of northern England’s James Cropper, whose unique colours and spec…

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Inventory No. 41

A round-up of beautiful and functional objects, including one-man-branded leather wallets and artist-designed backgammon boards.

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Inventory No. 40

A round-up of practical and pretty things, including a dog bowl that doesn’t go walkies and a baby soap that is a national institution.

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East side story

Hollywood and the rest of the world are paying close attention to the films coming out of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Even Vietnam is getting in on the act. Monocle takes a seat at Korea’s Pusan International Film Fes…

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Christmas gift guide

From chocolates to wooden toys, cameras to candleholders, we’ve scoured the globe for things we’d like to find in the Monocle Christmas stocking.

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The crème de la crème

A family-run company, Clarins’s business strategy has always been about making products that are never discontinued but simply improved upon. This has won it a loyal following and helped to set it apart from other cosmetics…

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Inventory No. 38

Our selection of products made by new and established designers, including a barrister turned perfumier and a former pilot who makes canvas bags.

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