Contributors / Sophie Grove

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Expo: Brothers in arms

Unique in the French military for accepting overseas recruits, the French Foreign Legion offers refuge to those with a past to forget. Legionnaires fight under the Tricolore but their loyalty to their regiment and fellow…

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Fertile ground

There’s more to the black stuff than hip cafés and flat whites. We meet three time-tested roasters.

Global

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Young and in luxe

China accounts for more than a third of luxury spending and big brands are doing their utmost to lure its travellers. But as the Chinese consumer profile shifts to a younger, savvier, more fashion-conscious one, shops are…

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Stand proud

Paris’s traditional kiosks are under threat. Like the printed word they so elegantly promote, they should be protected.

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Sleeping giants

Sophie Grove reporting on revivals: Many successful companies have been scuppered by circumstance over the years but in some cases there’s an argument for resurrection. Why not bring back these fine examples?

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Space race

A boom in co-working spaces is offering freelancers flexibility. But are these business incubators a timely innovation or real-estate opportunism?

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Worlds collide

Two new museums showcase two sides of Yves Saint Laurent’s life’s work: from classical to florid; simple black to vibrant colour; Paris to Marrakech.

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Light up

Neon has been big business in Geneva since the 1930s; we find out why the city has been going with the glow ever since.

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Social climbers

Staircases can trigger conversations, provide a sense of arrival and dazzle with ingenuity. So why are they neglected in the design of so many new projects?

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Faith in the future

As resilient and storied as the city she calls home, Marianne Faithfull is far from your average grande rock’n’roll dame.

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✕5 Essays

Our wise contributors unravel the riddles at the heart of our cities: what makes them tick, how they can work better and what nocturnal joys lie within.

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Dips at dusk

Few things are more tranquil than a long and languorous swim – and slip into the water come nightfall and it's more soothing still. We visit Iceland, Australia and France to take a few starlit dips in some of the world’s…

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Form and function: Wallington

Australia’s architectural heritage is rooted in practicality but has since been elevated – even those houses that are already on stumps – by modern interpretation to become something altogether more elegant and enduring.…

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Form and function: Tasmania

Australia’s architectural heritage is rooted in practicality but has since been elevated – even those houses that are already on stumps – by modern interpretation to become something altogether more elegant and enduring.…

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Key to a happy home

There’s something wrong with the homes being erected around the globe: they are all about a chilly display of wealth, not creating a place that makes you feel safe. It’s time to campaign for a new healthy architecture.

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Part with the furniture

Chairs, tables and ceramics are, first and foremost, made to be used. But buy the right pieces and 2016 could be the year that you make a profit on your Prouvé and earn from your Eames; here’s how to go from home to auction…

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Customs control

The world (yes, even the bits you know) is odder, quirkier and more downright bizarre than you might imagine. Come with us on a journey to discover where the emperor rules the calendar, Hush-hush Hannah is a star and the…

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Artistic Merit

Sophie Grove reporting from San Sebastián: This city is a Basque beauty but has a troubled past that has left bullet holes in buildings. But through food, theatre and a bit of beach life, a new, happier and reconciled place…

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