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April 2008

The Bullion Air Club: Monocle on the top-secret world of transporting precious cargo. Plus: anyone for extensions? A report on the human hair trade.

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Lucky star

America has the vestiges of a patchwork of local media barons. The ones that thrive have managed to mix tradition with cutting-edge technology. The 80-year-old owner of the ‘Free Lance-Star’ is still a pioneer and the owner…

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Street talker

Her parents are from Algeria and she has spent her life working for radical campaign groups, but now Fadela Amara is at the heart of government in France. Her challenge from President Sarkozy: rebuild France’s riot-hit…

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This is the way

Schiphol, JFK and now Frankfurt airports have all turned to one Dutch designer to create the perfect signage systems. Paul Mijksenaar tells Monocle about his crusade to take the art of wayfinding in a new direction.

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Cape crusader

Nato, the EU, the Chinese, the US, property developers and private jet owners looking to refuel: it seems suddenly everyone wants to be Cape Verde’s friend. That’s because despite being resource-poor, the islands have one…

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A study in scarlet

Andreas Ferm and Jani Kristoffersen founded their practice DRD-A in 2003. Soon to relaunch as Guise, they are taking on ever more ambitious builds but also apply their ingenuity to smaller projects, such as the Stockholm…

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Trade secret

George Town, on the Malaysian island of Penang, was a colonial trading hub but after the Second World War it lost out to Hong Kong and Singapore. Now its faded Art Deco villas and relaxed pace of life are luring a new…

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Salon rangers

Milan’s I Saloni – the collective name for the Salone Internazionale del Mobile and its associated offshoots such as Salone Ufficio and SaloneSatellite – are the most important events in the design calendar, with over 2,300…

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The new deli

The centre of Germany’s second-largest city used to be known for its drugs and sex shops. Now, with ongoing gentrification, comes a retail concept that combines local organic produce with slick design.

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Going for old

The Japanese love vintage, but the idea of bidding for second-hand furniture is an unfamiliar concept. Now three entrepreneurs are bringing design classics to a new market in the country’s first modern and contemporary…

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Prime mover

Mitsubishi built Tokyo’s first office block, in the Marunouchi district, 114 years ago, and the firm is behind the area’s current redevelopment into a major financial centre. Overleaf, we dissect a Marunouchi building site…

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Fashion briefing

Artist-designed sunglasses, tailoring by Italian brand Barbisio, Stockholm store Nitty Gritty and Margret Howell for Baracuta.

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Site seeing

Once a nondescript office area with little in the way of shops or restaurants, Marunouchi in Tokyo is undergoing the latest stages of a 20-year transformation into a vibrant retail and financial centre. The next phase will…

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Sock appeal

From Lufthansa cabin crew to men about town, more people than ever are keeping their toes warm with Falke’s socks and tights. In the first of a series on fashion workhorses we look at the German-based hosier, which in 2006…

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Gilt trip

Financial markets are gripped by gold fever – it could soon hit $1,000 an ounce. Key to this secretive trade are the daily bullion flights between the world’s leading financial hubs. Welcome aboard Bullion Air.

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Inventory no. 12

A Japanese inn special: the Masuichi Kyakuden Brewery hotel in Obuse, plus our great spring gift guide.

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National expression

There are many ways for a nation to make a name for itself and build international brand equity. From winning a place on the Olympic podium to positioning itself as a must-stop hub, the options are plentiful, but the res…

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Hair raising

The Bronner Brothers’ first hair show attracted 300 people at a local YMCA. Now one of the largest producers of African American haircare products, their legendary trade shows are part circus, part religious meeting.

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Present sense

As the northern hemisphere heads from winter into spring and the invitations to al fresco celebrations start rolling in, we thought a spring round-up would help take the pain out of purchasing presents.

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