Contributors / Andreas Tzortzis

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Less waltz more disco

The Austrian capital is experiencing a second cultural wave but this time, instead of opera and art museums, it’s electronic music and pop-up galleries causing all the buzz.

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Synth sense

Danish producer Thomas Troelsen is the mastermind behind some of the last decade’s catchiest pop songs. He puts his success down to his huge collection of vintage synthesisers and not caring about what is supposedly hip.

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The watch word

Traditional media brands have been infected by the web’s ‘publish now, worry about the facts later’ ethic and as their standards slip, readers vanish. But now there’s a crop of journalists who can mix old-school standards…

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Berlin: cultural city

Berlin’s unemployment rate is dismal and its once-thriving industry is defunct. But the abandoned warehouses and power stations now provide a home for galleries and studios that are leading the European avant-garde. Monocle…

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Press for change

Publishing dynasty MDS is growing faster than at any time in its 205-year history, but the man leading its charge into the digital arena is determined that the firm stays close to its founding principles.

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Reality bites

German artist Thomas Demand’s talents lie behind the camera. Known for his extraordinary lifelike model sets, which he builds and shoots, Demand extends his love of good presentation to his food, too. We meet him at Berl…

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The new deli

The centre of Germany’s second-largest city used to be known for its drugs and sex shops. Now, with ongoing gentrification, comes a retail concept that combines local organic produce with slick design.

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Saint Charles

The popularity of ‘natural’ cosmetics and remedies has burgeoned, and Austria is one of Europe’s top markets. In Vienna a group of friends with a passion for botany and herbal medicine are championing the use of local…

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Printed matters

The conservative values of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung have always been echoed in its design. But the expectations of the modern reader – and falling sales – prompted a complete redesign. *Monocle* gains exclusive…

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Motor mouths

As the music industry is forced to evolve in the face of digitalisation and online sales, one radio station stands out. Monocle meets Germany’s pioneering Motor FM, providing an output for underground music in a precarious…

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