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Vim and vigour

Not long ago, urban-planners seemed to have solutions for most of the problems of city living. But something no one predicted was that ease of life could make for less active, less healthy populations. Now a new kind of…

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Out of the woods

Ishinomaki Laboratory rose from the rubble of the earthquake that struck Japan six years ago. Here’s how the furniture workshop helped to rebuild the community, stool by stool, and went on to become a thriving business. SE

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Sole traders

If you’ve ever skied, skated or hiked, perhaps your shoes were born in a small town just north of Venice. We head to Montebelluna to meet the designers and producers who always put their best foot forward.

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Height of ambition

The Oscar Niemeyer-designed JK Building is the tallest, most populous high-rise in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, home to thousands across two blocks. Thanks to an open-plan design and an eclectic mix of residents, it’s also a…

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Design briefing

Gert Voorjans turns his talents to domestic interiors, plus a look at what design can achieve in the coming year.

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Fashion briefing

Getting into gear with lines from two winter-sports athletes, plus Zegna's new London flagship.

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The way you move

Don’t drop the ball when it comes to fashion and fitness: with the right clothes even working up a sweat can look good. From sharp tennis shorts to a streamlined swimsuit, these sporty numbers have got you covered. Now,…

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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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