Singapore special: design in the little red dot
Section D on Monocle 24: Fashion, architecture, product design and city-building in Singapore. This week we’re in Singapore to discover what the Lion City can teach the world about doing a lot with a little in the fields of fashion, architecture, product design and city-building.
Business and pleasure
Köln’s biennial office-furniture fair Orgatec dates back to 1953 and is the largest of its kind worldwide. International brands from Germany’s Flötotto to Canada’s Molo have embraced this year’s motto “New Visions for Work”; none, however, have confronted the theme as imaginatively as Vitra. The Swiss furniture company – and star of Orgatec – has for the first time taken over an entire hall for its showcase, bringing together design, architecture and technology companies, including Artek and Mercedes-Benz, in a holistic portrayal of today’s working world. The so-called “Work” concept was created by architect Pernilla Ohrstedt and designer Jonathan Olivares in an effort to change not only where and how we work but also the way fairs function. “There isn’t one way to furnish an office today, there are as many office interiors as there are company cultures and individuals,” says Olivares of the trends on show. Over 50,000 people are expected to visit the international event at the Koelnmesse until 29 October and there's no doubt that what’s presented here, such as Barber & Osgerby’s Pacific chair, will soon populate offices around the world.
Can you be more Pacific?
When Hillary Clinton became Barack Obama’s secretary of state, much was made of the US’s planned “pivot” away from the Middle East and towards Asia. Obama was supposed to be America’s first “Pacific president” and Clinton certainly put in the air miles, meeting presidents and foreign ministers across the region. But the Middle East proved to be a difficult area to move away from, with Israel and Palestine, Iran’s nuclear deal and the Arab uprisings all taking up Obama and Clinton’s time and attention. If, as seems likely, Clinton is elected president in a fortnight’s time, she may try to pivot again. The eccentric behaviour of the Philippines’ president Rodrigo Duterte has alarmed Washington, while Japan and South Korea have been unnerved by Donald Trump’s outlandish comments about withdrawing support. The US may get its Pacific president after all.
The Foreign Desk: Live
A panel of guests from the worlds of politics and journalism on what the US election means for the rest of the world.
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Monocle’s Tom Edwards sits down with graphic designer, film-maker and Pentagram partner Marina Willer to talk about her family’s origins, the importance of openness in a post-Brexit UK, the challenges of digital media and the everyday inspiration she gets from her children.
Vienna’s musical toilet
Vienna can blind visitors with its imperial splendour but like any other city, it has to take care of its waste. And it does it in style. There are elegant Jugendstil toilets for those with a taste for early 20th-century Austrian art and architecture and if waltz is more your thing, you won’t be let down either.
Lisbon’s new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology designed by UK architect Amanda Levete opened last week. The museum promises to shake up the Portuguese capital’s patchy cultural scene with its willfully interdisciplinary agenda. Syma Tariq paid a visit to the building before it opened to the public and brought us this report.
On air now
On this special edition of ‘The Stack’ recorded at the Frankfurt Book Fair we speak to Christoph Amend, editor in chief of ‘Zeit Magazin’, and Urs Spindler from independent magazine festival Indiecon.
Wednesday 26 October
Nato defense ministers meet today in Brussels to discuss the alliance’s strategy towards Russia. Turkey arrests the mayors of its biggest Kurdish town and we hear from Paul Beatty, the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Plus: how giant pouched rats are fighting illegal wildlife trafficking in Tanzania.
Wednesday 26 October
We ask why relations between the West and Russia are at their most strained for decades, get the latest on terror raids in Germany and pick apart the politics behind the debate over London’s contentious new airport runway.
TV: John Doyle
We discuss a potential new Trump TV network – and what that might be. Plus: the latest season of zombie thriller ‘The Walking Dead’ and the upcoming series of mother-daughter drama ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’.
Monocle preview: November issue 2016
Canada, eh? In our latest issue we examine what it means to be from this fine country and why it’s a nation to watch, from aviation to branding (with a bit of ice hockey thrown in for good measure). You can also enjoy part two of our Design Directory; buy your copy today from The Monocle Shop.
Retail Survey: Division Street, Portland, Oregon
Division Street in Portland, Oregon has witnessed a model retail renaissance. Monocle Films meets the shopkeepers on this once sleepy stretch, which is now the centre of the city’s budding new retail scene.
The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining
The Monocle Guide to Drinking & Dining is for anybody who enjoys food but can do without the foam, fuss and trickery it’s often served with. Monocle Films gives you a taste of the 340-page guide, which covers everything from where to drink and dine around the world to how to whip up the perfect roast chicken. Available now in The Monocle Shop.
Issue 98 ∙ November 2016
Canada calling: why it’s time to take a fresh look north. From Toronto to the high north – Monocle reports on a nation that’s flexing mind and muscle, re-engaging diplomatically and spreading its wings.
Issue 97 ∙ October 2016
Hey, good looking! Why it's time to make an effort and sharpen up. Plus: sartorial and investment tips from the fashion and retail sectors.
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Brothers in arms
Canada may be seen as the perennial nice guy but its military are ready for a fight. We join them in Ukraine, where they are taking a stand against Russia.
The city formerly known as ‘Deadmonton’ has been reanimated – and its vital signs are good. With an entrepreneurial spirit that’s as strong as any, it seems the Big E is coming alive.
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The Bulletin with UBS
How it is possible to evaluate environmental, social and governance practices in emerging nations? Plus: more on the wider trends in SI, from gender lens investing to green bonds, and our experts consider when ESG factors might cease to be a niche concern and instead form the foundation to all investment decisions.