Contributors / Nolan Giles

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Small is beautiful

Size isn’t everything: what matters is the quality of life, opportunities and experiences that a city can provide. Our third annual index of the most welcoming, vibrant small cities around the world presents the best com…

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Trend in sight

Forecasting where the fashion industry will go next is a tricky business. To get the inside track, we met some of the biggest names in the game to talk sustainability, the importance of trust in a brand and what will become…

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Core values

The architects aiding downtown São Paulo’s rapid revival are devoted as much to the area’s inimitable spirit as its modernist heritage.

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Notes on a sandal

Birkenstock stayed in the family of its namesake cobbler from 1774 until recently, when it was bought by L Catterton in a multibillion-euro deal. But CEO Oliver Reichert says it’s a good fit that will leave the company’s…

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Back on form

The 20 events, items and innovative makers that are shaping the design world as it regains its momentum.

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The strong stuff

When talking about building a better future, concrete is often maligned as an out-of-date material that is bad for the environment. But is it as simple as that? We recast the debate.

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Faithful to the cause

Knoll’s European arm is remaining loyal to its mid-century heritage, while also adding new designs by Piero Lissoni. It all makes for comfortable business.

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Base lines

In a crowded fashion market, with new seasonal collections clamouring for attention, it can be hard to find simple classics done well, with wardrobe staples often reduced to afterthoughts. That’s where these four brands…

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Measure for measure

We profile 10 of the finest brands working in men’s style today, from casual collaborations and peerless watch-making to bold contemporary footwear.

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Space lift

New designs and tweaked classics deliver furniture that will elevate your home this season and beyond.

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Rebuilding Beirut

We meet the visionary thinkers restoring Lebanon’s capital after last year’s devastating port explosion.

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Tools of the trade

Expectations of buildings are constantly changing. So how can developers keep pace? By arming themselves with forward-thinking architects and an open mind. These projects hammer the point home.

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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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