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Contributors / Marie-Sophie Schwarzer

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Making the headlines

Bringing together its publishing, television, digital and marketing divisions under one spectacular OMA-designed roof, German media and technology giant Axel Springer is flying the flag for the physical workplace. We drop…

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Raising the spa

Czech spa town Marienbad remains a relic of the Austro-Hungarian empire. What it craves is the international recognition that reflects its regional significance. And as global interest in wellbeing grows, now is the time…

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Well kitted out

We visit the shops that are getting us moving, from skiing to surfing – all while looking our very best in athletic wear.

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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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Gently does it

From soothing swims in Athens to sleep-easy stays in South Africa, our restful agenda comprises escapes and retreats to help you slow down, unwind and live in the moment.

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The real thing

Other trade shows might be more glamorous but Expo Real is where Europe’s biggest and most significant deals are cut. We head to Bavaria to peer through the windows of real-estate’s future.

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Twelve stops for Christmas

Pondering where to pick up gifts for your loved ones this year? Let our editors guide you with their pick of the best shops, emporiums and design stores on the most inviting shopping streets around the globe.

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Protected status

If you’re in charge of policing one of the safest cities in the world, pressure and pride go hand in hand.

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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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Hit the summer sails

Now’s the time we start dreaming of the open water. We’ve found just the right vessels, from the sleekest yacht to the perfect pedalo.

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Be our guest

We unpack the secrets of the perfect stay, including a Cape Town gem, a surf-tossed Portuguese retreat and a hotel from a famous Japanese brand. First we get a warm welcome in LA.

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How to enjoy the journey

We’ve gathered insights from the designers, singers, artists, writers and entrepreneurs who travel across the globe year-round.

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Counter proposals

Whether it’s an in-store workshop or just delightful service, it’s the experience that counts when it comes to shopping. Here are three great examples.

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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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High society

When snow falls, the globally mobile head to the mountains – preferably by plane – but not every pilot has the stomach for the most-demanding runways in Europe. We hop to the Alps’ top ski locations to meet the airline and…

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Bureaux de change

Improve your productivity by sprucing up your place of work – well, that’s the theory anyway. Whatever happens, it will look sharper.

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Paradise aisles

By turning the weekly shop into a pleasurable, plentiful and people-focused experience, German mini-chain Zurheide is foretelling the future of the supermarket.


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