Contributors / Michael Booth

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Thirsty work

Carlsberg’s new HQ might not claim to be ‘probably the best in the world’ but we should all toast its aim of encouraging interaction among staff. See you at the bar.

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42. Picture perfect

The Darling is a new, single-occupancy hotel in Copenhagen that has captured a moment when guests value privacy – and brought in art.

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Look this way

Copenhagen’s Chart Art Fair, which champions Nordic art, has reinvented itself. Could its new format be a template for the future?

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Room for all

The Danish capital’s latest hotel venture pays homage to its past life as the city’s central post office. It gets our stamp of approval.

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20. Was it China’s fault?

Experts weigh in on the narrative suggesting that China misled the world – and what that means for the future balance of power between east and west.

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In it together

In these digital times, loneliness – where it comes from and how to solve it – is a key issue for countries. Denmark, the world’s most enthusiastic participants in clubs and societies, may have the answer.

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Pulling up trees

Variously a politician, head teacher and soldier, Bernt Johan Collet has still found time to corner the Christmas tree market from forests south of Copenhagen. He tells us how delegation and exhaustive preparation are key…

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Dock star

We dropped in on a Danish coastal city where imaginative rejuvenation projects are making it a rival to the country’s capital. But don’t mistake its progress for gentrification; this is a fresh approach sprinkled with…

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Feast for the eyes

Starting with legendary bar and brasserie Kronenhalle, Zürich’s haven of art and comfort, Monocle visits the best hostelries to fill up on food, drink and inspiration. Plus: Ossian Ward investigates art’s place in the…

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Super showroom

To keep up with demand for its selection of Nordic lighting and furniture, &Tradition has developed a unique showcasing space. Housed in a 100-year-old warehouse, a village-style layout of cube rooms is home to inspiring…

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Party politics

As Europe’s political parties worry about losing touch with apathetic voters, the Danes have a solution: invite them to go on a summer break with you. Folkemødet festival gathers the nation’s leaders together to bring…

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Planting the seeds

Royal Copenhagen is one of the world’s oldest companies and Flora Danica porcelain is its flagship product. Handpainting the delicate dinner set is an art that takes years of intensive training. We meet the master and her…

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Amazing spaces

A publishing nerve-centre in Madrid, a marketing consultant in Copenhagen and an art fair organiser in London. One thing they all have in common is the beautiful and inspiring spaces they work from.

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Behind the Camera

Film producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen exemplifies the hard graft that goes into getting films onto the big screen in a timely and cost-effective fashion. She tells Monocle about winning an Oscar, shunning Hollywood and…

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A great Dane

Photographer Thomas Ibsen’s house, a classic of the post-war ‘funkis’ style characterised by simple lines and clever use of light, is filled with design treasures and new pieces that he’s created.

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The ideas factory

Great art transforms thought with ideas and emotions. But that effortless feeling as a bold new work hits the page, store or screen, is down to some very real individuals who link inspiration to industry. Here are a few of…

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Food for thought

Denmark: home to the world’s first obesity tax, a globally revered restaurant (Noma) and a galaxy of informed and innovative food experts. We got four of the best together in a room to chew the (unsaturated) fat on their…

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Twin town

Despite historical differences Denmark’s capital and Sweden’s third city are looking ahead to a future together. And they’re not alone. New twin city relations are flourishing elsewhere too.

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The guru

Christian Stadil is the owner of Hummel, a Danish sports and fashion company, author of management books and a regular face on television. He tells Monocle about his business-model-with-a-conscience.

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Type cast

The world has been using typefaces for hundreds of years – but only now has the first bricks and mortar shop started selling fonts. e-Types, the Copenhagen branding company behind the move, is hoping it’s the start of…

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Upwardly mobile

Flensted’s handmade mobiles have hung in well-designed homes around the world for more than 50 years. The family- run company is also one of Denmark’s most successful cottage industries and business is flying high.

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Schools of thought

With design playing a more integrated role in government and business strategy around the world, Monocle hunts down the establishments spear-heading new movements and others that are keeping traditional ones alive.

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Nordic soul

Claus Meyer, writer, food campaigner and part-time vinegar maker, shows us his favourite food haunts around Frederiksberg, a unique municipality in the heart of the Danish capital.


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