Contributors / Marie-Sophie Schwarzer



All the fun of the fair

Olma, Switzerland’s annual agriculture and nutrition tradeshow, has been going strong for 75 years. It’s how all nations should connect with their agrarian roots – and bet on a pig race or two.

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Pimp my ride

Want to give your wheels that Jeddah lounge feel? German firm Klassen is the destination for anyone with a luxury car in need of more than a paint job.


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Step into my office

As hotdesking becomes the norm for companies around the world, we’ve been granted a privileged peek at the far more permanent desks and office spaces of some select CEOs and founders around the world. Constancy, it seems…



Going with the flow

Nolan Giles & Marie-Sophie Schwarzer report: The laidback charms of a fine river cruise offer an antidote to our fast-paced lives. Here are the essentials for the perfect freshwater getaway, on board The Escapist’s very own…

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Big drawer

IMM Cologne is where the major furniture trade deals are clinched. We sit down – on elegant chairs – with some of its most innovative attendees.

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Our top story

With its meticulous approach to international coverage, ‘Tagesschau’ is the western world’s most successful news programme. We meet the team and cast an eye to the future of this German institution.



Statement piece

The US and UK may be falling short when it comes to making a good impression but Berlin is firming up its footing on the world stage with a sparkling renovation of its stellar department store Kadewe.

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Retail renewal

Storied department store Engelhorn has clothed generations of Mannheim shoppers. Its top-drawer displays are enticing new visitors – and offering them an all-round experience.

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Wealth of good material

Germany’s financial powerhouse has a lesser-known face as a quietly influential news hub giving Munich and Hamburg a run for their media money. Monocle pays a visit to discover a city rich in newspapers and broadcasters…

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Talking shop: Aussie retail

As the three great Australian high streets we’ve profiled attest, the country’s retail market is proving resilient in spite of the strength of e-commerce and the rise of malls. Australians are still keen to spend money in…

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Letters from home

We meet the makers and painters continuing the aesthetic legacy of their cities, creating and preserving signs with gold leaf, ochre-white paint and neon tubes.

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Labour of love

Despite our constantly changing reading habits, there’s still a place for printed independent magazines. Monocle met some pioneering editors and publishers who are not afraid to risk it all in order to tell the stories they…

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News School

Despite challenging times for many newspapers, Austria’s ‘Die Presse’ newspaper has kept faith with the training programme it founded nearly 50 years ago. Today half its staff are alumni and the paper’s investment in talent…

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Making tracks

An innate understanding of runners and their needs paired with a keen eye for design means new Boston athletic brand Tracksmith is going places – fast.

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Safe passage

Transporting works of art is a delicate, high-value business. As the sector expands, Monocle explored the fine art of moving priceless paintings and sculptures around the world.

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Family fortunes

The Moomins’ message of tolerance and their striking look have made the loveable trolls a global brand. Monocle talks to the makers of the latest Moomins film adventure and discovers why these uniquely Finnish characters…

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Woman of fire

The desire to be the best and enjoy people’s cheers set Tina Maze on the slopes to become a world-champion skier and Slovenia’s top athlete. She tells Monocle about her long journey to the top.






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