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Building momentum

From homelessness to hurricanes, the issues that call for homes that can be thrown up swiftly and securely are diverse. But it also helps if they can profit their surroundings – both financially and aesthetically.

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Piece together

Amid the crises that Lebanon has faced over the past few years, new design galleries and studios have emerged across the capital and secured its status as a chief design centre in the Middle East.

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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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Seasoned to taste

From keeping a nation’s food culture fresh to shelf space for small-scale producers, here are five food firms with tasty ideas for the year ahead.

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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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New direction

It hasn’t got the beguiling reputation of its coastal cousins but Australia’s capital has a lot more going for it then you might think.

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La bella vita

With its thriving businesses and close-knit community, it’s little wonder this scenic Italian town has a winning quality of life.

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A new leaf

Want to spruce up your barren balcony or bare window box? Look no further as we round up the most luscious – and adventurous – botanical offerings for the home, from spiky cactuses to frond-tastic ferns.

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All in the details

New hotel Casa Mãe is a winning combination of Portuguese craftsmanship and exquisitely executed contemporary design. Monocle meets the creative force behind the retreat.

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Design briefing

A bankable typeface for Oslo’s newest creative venue and a book about the Barbican feature in this issue.

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All the best

Our pick of the bunch this winter, from two shiny new Tokyo labels to some classy leather bucket bags.

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Travel Top 50

All aboard for our fast-paced tour of the finest hotel openings, boats, planes and rolling stock setting agenda in the world of travel and hospitality.

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Return to roots

In Japan it’s custom to return home (‘satogaeri’) for the holidays but before you go there are gifts to be bought and friends to spoil. Pull on a winter coat and pick up some fruit for the family, then pack up the Forester…

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Raw materials

Canada’s architects know all too well that its wilds cannot be conquered; instead they’re working with the wilderness to create a new kind of structural language. We go cross-country to visit three rural retreats and meet…

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Worldy goods

From chairs, lights and blinds to shops and office fit-outs there’s a wealth of exciting designers out there. Here’s our sampler of our favourite finds.

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Package tour

A Thai style of graphic design is slowly emerging from an identity crisis, powered by pioneering creatives and a new breed of CEOs who are modernising their products.

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Show offs

Monocle visits the annual trade fairs where craft aficionados are upholding traditions such as barrel-making and basket-weaving and forward-looking ceramicists are reinventing the humble tile.

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Practice makes perfect

Upgrading premises to cater for growth can be painful but one Swedish architect has moulded a 1930s apartment into the ideal replacement for his firm’s much-loved former home.

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