Contributors / Hugo Macdonald

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Total hotel

The new Ace Hotel in east London is intended to not only meet the usual criteria of offering rooms for guests but also provide non-paying local-neighbourhood residents with a place to gather and creative businesses with…

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Estate of the art

A progressive 1960s concrete estate in the middle of precious woodland might send alarm bells ringing in many design circles. But Siedlung Halen just outside Bern is a quiet, friendly triumph where nurture sits alongside…

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News gatherers

The new offices for Zürich-based publishers Tamedia are creating some firsts for the company, such as the merging of print and online newspaper teams inside the first Swiss building to be designed by Japanese architect…

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Expo 63: Heads above water

After the demise of its cod-fishing industry, Fogo Island looked to be in trouble. The tide is turning on its fortunes today thanks to a lifeline of cultural projects, a new hotel and jobs.

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Our home

‘Playing house’ is one of the more fun adult games. But furnishing a home from scratch is a gradual process and after you’ve bought a property your budget might not stretch to your dream collection. But it is important to…

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Case study

German luggage maker Rimowa broke into the tough North American luxury market with working practices and corporate ethics transplanted from its Köln home. As it grows its business, the company is confounding those who said…

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Lay your hat

Tasked with transforming an old building on Kungsholmen island into apartments, architect Andreas Martin-Löf went back to its roots as a hat factory. And he was so pleased with the results, he moved in.

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The hand made tale

In a globalised market flooded with faux-artisan branding, real craftsmen are endangered. But in Kyoto, where tradition rules, a new initiative is refreshing generations-old techniques to bring Japanese craft to a worldwide…

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In good faith

A new mosque in the heart of Köln is set to be the largest in Germany, inviting not only the city’s Muslim community but also a renewed sense of religious openness and the odd architecture enthusiast too.

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Expo 60: Class act

Central Saint Martins is flying the flag for art and design education in the UK, despite short-sighted government policies. Monocle goes back to school.

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Perfect den

The Finns know how to do winter. This open-plan Helsinki penthouse is warm and inviting while still being bright and airy. It’s the perfect pad for hunkering down.

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Future lab

Global leaders may be lacking in ambition but that hasn’t stopped us doing the heavy lifting for them. Monocle presents 10 grand projects that would make a big difference.

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Drawing board

For our round-table series, we invited four leaders in the graphic design industry to talk about the state – and the future – of their craft, in print and online.

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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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Grey matters

Getting old is inevitable but providing for people when they do is too often skirted. Monocle has tracked down those making a difference and showing up the authorities in the process.

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Lake life

Buy a barn, take it apart, move it a few hours down the road and then rebuild it as a summerhouse. That’s exactly what architect Erik Persson did, resulting in his simple yet stunning retreat in the peaceful depths of the…

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Path to happiness

An ode to those tucked-away streets of the world that seem to have their own poetry and swagger. Our design editor writes about the thoroughfares that have the capacity to touch the heart and soul.

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Monocle Strasse

The best streets evolve over time with an odd assortment of places and people. That’s why our perfect street contains a mixture of old and new from our favourite city haunts around the world.

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Expo 55: Tbilisi

Chaotically beautiful, brimming with optimism and inhabited by friendly, fun-loving people, the capital of Georgia is a lesson in transformation.

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Life in the round

Standing out against a backdrop of drab, square tower blocks on the north bank of the Chicago River, the white “corncobs” of Bertrand Goldberg’s distinctive Marina City buildings are still inspiring, both inside and out.

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Home Sweede home

A dream team of owner, architect, designer has created this 12-room hotel in a residence, reminding us, and the industry, what hotels should be: places that feel like home but are 10 times better.

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