Contributors / Ed Stocker

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Fine vintage

Verona is filled with the sound of corks popping as Vinitaly, the trade fair that offers a taste of the best wine from the ‘Bel Paese’, returns after a two-year absence. As Monocle finds out, its attendees’ glasses are much…

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Cycle of life

We tour a bike repair workshop that is a cheery hub for cycling enthusiasts who aren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty.

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New direction

We speak to Lithuania’s foreign minister about his ambitious blueprint for shaking off the nation’s dependency on bad actors. Bigger countries should take heed.

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Talking shops

As shoppers return to high streets, what can they expect to find? We take the pulse of the world’s retailers.

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All aboard

As France’s rail network opens up to new competition, Ouigo is gearing up for the challenge.

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Nation buildings

Architects are using their craft to give Ghana an optimistic narrative fit for the 21st century. Can they ‘ignite the ambition of a country’?

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In good company

From the African brand plugging remote villages into a solar-powered grid, to the Lithuanian firm lightening farming’s footprint, we highlight 10 businesses doing it better – to the benefit of both the planet and their…

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Making a mark

Five designers and creative directors tell us what makes an effective logo and flag up their all-time favourites.

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Hall orders

Designing a new Grand Hall for the League of Arab States demanded experience, flair and respect for tradition. Enter Lebanese architect Nada Debs.

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Breakout space

Long overlooked by travellers in favour of the Riviera Maya, the southern half of Mexico’s westernmost peninsula is now luring independent-minded visitors to its relatively untrodden terrain, making it fertile ground for…

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Taking the lead

From plant-based dog food to televets and smart collars, the ever-growing market for pet paraphernalia has the wind in its tails.

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Building anew

Diane Hoskins is co-CEO of the world’s biggest architecture firm and is at the forefront of the movement to build better places to work. And yes, she believes in office life.

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Into the future

As more companies pivot towards sustainable practices, we visit seven savvy firms shaking up their respective industries, while proving that doing business better needn’t compromise the bottom line.

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True colour

A future-focused shopping centre from the brains behind Eataly, Green Pea occupies a largely self-sufficient building and holds its in-store partners to a sustainably minded manifesto. Will it catch on? We head to its…

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Hot property

There’s nothing dry about desert architecture. At its best, it channels the spirit of its surroundings and takes inspiration from the light and the landscape. We hit the shimmering Arizona roads to take the temperature of…

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Beauty therapy

When cosmetics-maker Davines relocated to the outskirts of Parma to focus on its values, it started a regional revolution in how businesses balance purpose and profit.

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Give us a wave

Eladio Dieste made brick beautiful. Now the Uruguayan’s curved aesthetic is proving to be more relevant than ever.

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Happy campers

Camper vans are, well, having a moment. And unlike the unwieldy motorhomes of the past, people are increasingly turning to their versatility for a short holiday or weekend break. We meet the brands leading the charge and…

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Van of means

The most prosperous camper vans pay attention to both form and function. When creating your own, don’t scrimp on the details – custom beer tap included.

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16. Altered states

Former UN ambassador Samantha Power on why the Trump administration has got it all wrong.

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42. Page break

Writing a contemporary novel? Dave Eggers, founder of publishing house McSweeney’s, says that you should shelve it – at least for now. Instead, focus on ridding the world of Trump and then search for utopia – in fact and…

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Polling power

With the 2020 US elections on the horizon, we find out how the creatives behind the country’s most effective political adverts bring in the votes.

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