Contributors / Nolan Giles

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Tread lightly

For these discerning Australians, a new place to call home means eschewing outdated ideals and focusing on a more sustainable way of living, as pioneered by one trailblazing Antipodean architect.

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Ground force

At the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, dialogue is focused on the effects of tourism, sustainability and communal living, as well as the lasting impact of contemporary architecture.

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Where the heart is

We need to live in places that can sustain us, will age with grace and that are parts of bigger communities. ‘The Monocle Book of Homes’ is a handbook for creating these vital spaces and, as part of a special preview, here…

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Staying in shape

Five prominent players from across the fashion sector tell us how their industry has fared over the past year – and how they have adjusted to meet a whole new range of business opportunities. This is the future of luxury…

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Kitted out

Have your staff love their office. How? By equipping your workplace with these inspiring appurtenances, meticulously designed with functionality in mind. They will impress potential clients, win deals and help employees to…

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Spring it on

Our round-up of the latest looks for spring takes in unisex cashmere from Amsterdam, ethical cotton from Nigeria, Japanese specs in the spotlight and the resurgence of a thoroughly modern Marimekko.

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The call of the suburbs

Born of a serendipitous coming together of able young architects and modernist ideas, the Christchurch School gifted its home city a set of bright and spacious houses built from concrete and timber. Now, as a new generation…

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Concrete jungles

As urbanites the world over seek to nurture a little nature in their cities, we travel to Singapore, Copenhagen and Beirut to visit three projects with rewilding at their heart.

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Feel the breeze

There are more ways to keep cool than cranking up the air conditioning, as architects in more temperate climes have been discovering for years. From naturally cool materials to clever ways to harness wind and shade, here…

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Ground control

In forensically researching the history of a site before he builds on it, prolific Japanese architect Tsuyoshi Tane likens his role to that of an archaeologist. We meet him to dig a little deeper.

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Close quarters

Globally renowned fashion brands needn’t have an unwieldy supply chain. Source materials nearby, get the design right and pursue your passion, and customers will come to you.

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Beyond repair

When our assorted items and ephemera break, fail or cease to become useful, the temptation to replace them is only too easy. But there are those who make it their life’s work to rediscover, renew and restore these objects…

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25. Lights, please

You’ve filled your places with beautiful furniture – but something doesn’t feel right. Lighting, which is key to creating atmosphere in your living space, is often overlooked. But getting this vital design tool right can…

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35. Make your shop sing

Extraordinary retail is rooted in strong design that showcases products rather than sidelining them. Interiors firm founder Teo Yang explains what makes an inspiring shop.

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47. Live together

The past year has made us reconsider the meaning of home and how much we value connection and community. We recommend reverting back to a housing model devised by Jews at the turn of the 20th century.

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Expo

Fuss and hurry? They’ve been and gone. Start the new decade as you mean to go on. Take stock and choose the scenic route. Our gentle manifesto sketches a picture of taking it a little easier in the years to come.

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Hot desks

As the world of work becomes more fluid, flexible office space will be in demand. Investor Philippe Peress is betting on a Geneva site that allows firms to scale up or down. Take a seat.

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Making your day

Priding itself on producing the most desirable, high-octane treats – from your morning coffee to the linen you sleep in – Switzerland has every minute covered. Here’s how its exports see you through from dusk till dawn.

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Made in milan

The city is no longer just a backdrop for the world’s design talent during the annual Salone del Mobile. It has reinvented itself as a place where young creatives can work, make and play. We meet the leaders of the pack…

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Bright lights, small city

If, like many recently, you’ve considered downsizing from the metropolis to a more manageable municipality, our second annual Small Cities Index will point you to the compact civic spots that offer rich culture, varied…

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Finely chiselled

Change starts at home, so we select 20 pieces, people and studios creating products that will enhance your environment and improve with age. Sitting comfortably?

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All the same

The times they are a changing but from personal service to the editor’s view, some things are just fine as they are.

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