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May 2019

Our new design world. We unpack the best projects and plans for creating the perfect residence.

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Storied beginnings and a fresh approach

Inax is Japan’s pioneering manufacturer of toilets, sinks, bathtubs, faucets and tiles. Founders Hatsunojo Ina and his son Chozaburo started their company (originally called Ina Seito) in 1924 in Tokoname, a traditional…

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Editor's letter

As Monocle gears up for a schedule teeming with plucky print products and top radio programmes, Tyler Brûlé outlines our editorial plans for the months to come.

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The opener

Before toasting a cup craze and scouting the best penknife, we appraise Finnish fondness for fraternities and Russia’s yen for national pride.

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All aboard

Designed to keep going in all weather, this new driverless bus might not be fast (at least, not yet) but it’s certainly fun.

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Making tracks

Two Germans are on a mission to heal the rifts that are threatening to split Europe – and they believe that free international train travel for all European 18-year-olds is the way to do it. So far the scheme is proving a…

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Throwing signs

Like any language, signing changes with the times – and that incorporates updates to include the latest obscenities and drug references. Monocle put its hands up for a lesson in lyrics at a Texas gig.

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Creative process

The president of the Rhode Island School of Design sketches out the make-up of her tight team.

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On record

The star of ‘Deutschland 83’ reveals that acting is just a side hustle – his first love is music.

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Civil service

It’s a valued institution but its reputation has been under fire: Monocle explores the complex role of the Guardia Civil.

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Cities briefing

Athens’ outgoing mayor shares advice for his successor and Montréal’s shops start talking the talk.

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Eastern promise

In our new feature we’re heading to one nation per month to look at the ideas, practices and customs that are worth exporting. First up, Japan – policymakers take note.

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Are we nearly there yet?

While electric vehicles have been around for a while, they’ve never stolen the spotlight – until now. Monocle visits the Geneva International Motor Show and a smart charging point company in Finland to see if this could…

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Picture perfect

Both highly practical and visually arresting, Leica’s handsome home reflects its status as a visionary presence in the photographic field.

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Tidy profits

Decent design has always prioritised better materials, using less and making things that are worth keeping. We profile three firms selling sustainability, storage and a sense of order that’s made to order.

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Business Briefing

Venezuelans in Madrid, the future of duty-free shopping and a spinning start-up in Mexico.

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Tall stories

Are you sitting comfortably? It’s time for Monocle’s annual property survey, where we start with five distinguished developments.

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Judging a book by its cover

Is it the cardinal sin? Not according to those who design the jackets that catch your eye in the bookshop. We meet them to find out why – when it comes to selecting reading material – it should be love at first sight.

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