Contributors / Hester Underhill

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Seeding change

Spring feels different this year. But the simple pleasure of caring for your patch (whether it’s a city window box or a lawn in the countryside) remains a powerful pleasure. Since so many people are cooped up at home, we’ve…

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Establishing order

So you’ve got the gear but how do you ensure that your clothes stay looking sharp? These elegant tools are tailored to that precise goal.

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Top of the shops

Too many nations have lost touch with their craft and manufacturing heritage, but Austria’s hands-on culture is clear from its products. Here we eye up a few highlights and tasteful takehomes, from ceramics to Styrian gin…

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Into the wild

Venture out and explore the great outdoors – but not without a hardy pair of boots, a rainproof jacket and all the gear you might need on your hike through the wilderness.

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Open book

The Finnish capital’s new public library was the result of an anonymous open competition. As other cities look for a less ‘starchitect’ future, it shows what can be achieved with a little democracy.

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Grand scale

Majestic Mas de Tanit rose up on the French Riviera in the 1970s and has been attracting glamorous – and global – holidaymakers and residents ever since. We find out who’s who.

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Coat tails

Whatever the weather, dogs and their owners have to get out and take the ruff with the smooth. And while one of the joys of four-legged friendship is having those rainy streets to yourselves, cosy canine outerwear makes for…

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Game on

A line-up of beautifully crafted toys and games for some light-hearted respite.

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50 steps to improving your city

Elevating the urban environment needn’t call for grand blueprints from city planners, nor sweeping regeneration. Small projects and individual details can make a difference. Here are a few starters from our editors.

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On record

The star of ‘Deutschland 83’ reveals that acting is just a side hustle – his first love is music.

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Spring bulbs

Our collection of the best lamps and lights to brighten up your life, indoors and out.

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In the shadows

Private detectives are almost as mysterious as the cases they solve. We go undercover with a Parisian sleuth.

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Gallic charms

A covetable collection of superior stationery, quirky homeware and fun-loving accessories. Plus some beautifully packaged chocolate for the sweet of tooth (and discerning of taste).

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Pressing issue

The east German city of Leipzig might not be a huge metropolis but it packs a punch when it comes to its graphic-design credentials. We meet the new generation of creatives who are swapping the hectic streets of Berlin for…

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New chapters

Behind every success story is some sound advice. We asked entrepreneurs to name a publication that proved to be an inspiration.

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