Contributors / Nolan Giles

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Sounds good

A landmark music venue is back in business after an imaginative refit that pays tribute to its varied past.

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Pump my ride

When it comes to fire engines, every last design component could prove critical in the heat of the moment. That’s why Swiss firm Brändle’s recently reconfigured vehicles meet the highest standards of engineering – and they…

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Monocle Design Awards: part two

From the smartest greenhouses to the prettiest glassware, the Monocle Design Awards celebrate the most pleasing projects that bring our homes and cities to life.

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Material world

From the smartest greenhouses to the prettiest glassware, the Monocle Design Awards celebrate the most pleasing projects that bring our homes and cities to life.

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Fashion statement

The world of fashion is constantly reinventing itself. We meet three visionary leaders who, despite working in disparate fields, are cut from the same bold cloth.

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Banking on it

As Pictet opens its new Zürich office, we meet the team behind the historic building’s overhaul.

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Talking shops

As shoppers return to high streets, what can they expect to find? We take the pulse of the world’s retailers.

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Market value

City shops have had it tough but the best have been nimble and resilient. Here’s how.

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Remaking a masterpiece

A modernist home in subtropical São Paulo has been carefully restored by one of the city’s best architects. We take an exclusive tour of this Brazilian beauty.

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Performance bonus

The sportswear market is a crowded field so finding clothes that offer something new is no walk in the park. Meet three brands that are bona fide game-changers.

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Funny business

Graphic designers are known for being bold but where is their wit? We meet some comic types.

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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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