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Practice makes perfect

Upgrading premises to cater for growth can be painful but one Swedish architect has moulded a 1930s apartment into the ideal replacement for his firm’s much-loved former home.

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Do it Korean style

South Korea’s design industry was faltering for decades. Today the forward-looking Arumjigi Foundation is bringing it up to date with a healthy respect for the creative traditions of the past.

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School of life

The Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris is an academic village of ideas and interrelations on a global scale. Monocle attends campus to find out what happens when countries come together in the classroom.

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Sergio Rodrigues

Renowned designer Sergio Rodrigues views restaurants as theatres, where atmosphere is as key as food. His ‘last meal’ would be a beef fillet at Gero.

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Power trip

Electric cars aren’t new to the motoring scene but they’ve always been practical rather than user-intuitive or well designed – limitations BMW has looked to tackle with its first all-electric model.

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Alison Goldfrapp

British singer and composer Alison Goldfrapp invites us into her east London home for a feast of fish, chips and sparkling English wine.

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Living for the city

Our relationship with cities is symbiotic – and as we evolve, they do too. Today companies can take a proactive approach to their home towns and transform them into places to serve their communities, help the environment…

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Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc, the botanist who pioneered vertical gardens, eats his ‘last meal’ at Pershing Hall, a Parisian hotel featuring one of his stunning creations.

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The dream team

Let’s play fantasy city hall. If you were mayor, which urban innovators would you want in your far-sighted crew to make sure it’s the best place to live, visit and keep coming back to? Meet Monocle’s top team.

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Theatre of life

In a prime location in the heart of Munich there is a building for retired actors, artists and journalists who have their rents subsidised by a foundation that made its money in the circus. A good portfolio helps win you…

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Winning team

A former sporting arena has been reborn in the centre of Toronto as the flagship store of Canadian supermarket Loblaws. The city’s traditional home of ice hockey now houses fresh produce. Monocle went to see if the crowds…

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Island ethos

Monocle meets the Maltese prime minister to talk about how his small country is dealing with the influx of immigrants from North Africa, his views on the Libya conflict and his vision for transforming Malta into a modern…

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Novel concept

Physical book sales may be declining, but the graphic novel sector is booming. London-based publisher SelfMadeHero is reaping the rewards of taking on the market and it’s not afraid to shake up tradition along the way.…

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She’s a believer

Author of four hit books, Vendela Vida, is alo the co-editor of US culture magazine 'The Believer'. Part of a celebrated literary couple (her husband is Dave Eggers) she tells Monocle how she works and what inspires her.

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Burning bright

Following a successful rescue reinvention by entrepreneur Ramdane Touhami, historic candle maker Cire Trudon has kept its flame alive and grown to become an industry leader.

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Sink or swim

After suffering exile and imprisonment under the previous dictatorship, President Mohamed Nasheed brought democracy to the Maldives in 2008. But can this British-educated leader keep his nation afloat?

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Wicked way

Joy King started out as an accountant and ended up as a script writer for an adult film company. She tells Monocle about her love for conjuring up steamy scenes and her efforts to boost the image of her business.

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Expo 32: Life in miniature

In studios around the world, they sit with scalpels, glue and balsa wood – creating everything from mini cities to pint-sized planes and shrunken ships in order to secure big budgets to build the real thing. Monocle meets…


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Most unwanted

Welcome to Monocle’s annual round-up of 20 people who we think deserve a bigger stage. We cover diverse professions from shoe designers to politicians because we believe it’s not only the grand scale that matters, but the…

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Arts surgery

Monocle has sorted out your culture fixes for the next year, with a round-up of the best exhibitions, gigs, books, films and music releases to look forward to.


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