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Big drawer

IMM Cologne is where the major furniture trade deals are clinched. We sit down – on elegant chairs – with some of its most innovative attendees.

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Shopping

The Monocle Shop’s latest, from traditionally woven Japanese menswear to accordion notebooks.

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What's in store?

Hopefully better graphics and windows in our department stores. To help, here are a few design cues for shaping smart packaging, signage and service to keep shoppers coming back time after time.

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Statement piece

The US and UK may be falling short when it comes to making a good impression but Berlin is firming up its footing on the world stage with a sparkling renovation of its stellar department store Kadewe.

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Wild stock

Far beyond the last city bus stop and miles from where the metro track runs out, you’ll find shop owners for whom a loyal clientele and room to roam beats the sleek certainties of urban retail.

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Setting the bar

Success in today’s tumultuous retail environment requires an adaptable toolset. We meet three flexible leaders who are setting global examples.

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Design briefing

Nordic design gets some colours. Plus: a new fire station in Gresham and a book about Lebanese cinema posters.

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House mates: Top 25

From tables to trays, cushions to chopping boards, Monocle presents a polished selection of new products you will be happy to share your home with.

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Smart thinking

Coming up with design solutions and bringing customers new ideas is what these entrepreneurs and companies excel at. Here Monocle meets the shop owners, designers and manufacturers making waves from Portland to Prague.

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Family man

Roy Dantendorfer has built his family business into a chain of fashion shops that are a vital stop-off for discerning customers looking for timeless high-end pieces from independent designers.

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Counter culture

Finding the best new retailers in town can be a challenge even if you’re a local. So we’ve scoured the backstreets and boulevards for the best shops in which to enjoy a summer spree. Here’s our edit of 10 fashion-forward…

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Sitting pretty

Filling a house is a daunting task. But with Tokyo and Stockholm each boasting a street peppered with high-end homeware gems it can be a journey of discovery.

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Carrying the torch

The usability of workwear coupled with craft expertise from one of France’s oldest trunk makers was the inspiration for L/Uniform, a new luggage range start-up aiming to prove that practical can also be beautiful.

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Sign language

As a country renowned for taste and style it is little surprise that Italy’s brands have such a strong aesthetic identity. Monocle delves into the nation’s visual history and charts its most striking logos.

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