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The openerWhy it’s time to kick off your shoes in the office, the drive to ban drive-thrus and some woolly wanderers flocking to Paris.
Building supportCasablanca does a fine line in conserving its colonial architecture but is more inclined to neglect its more recent gems. Meet the duo fighting for modernism.
Front vineWhen Russia annexed Crimea, Ukraine lost its wine-making region. Now its vintners are clinking glasses with the west.
My cabinetIf you’re in charge of policing one of the safest cities in the world, pressure and pride go hand in hand.
Cosy cornerArtist and historian Rachel Schreiber is the new head of the celebrated Parsons School of Design. As she rethinks its role, she finds solace in the New York Public Library.
Salut, Italie!Franco-Italian ties are unusually frosty. How far can drinks, diplomacy and a dancefloor go towards warming relations?
Greasing the wheelsThe latest stop in our series is Tulsa. Despite a slowing trickle of oil money it is rich in creative vision and optimism for the future; now it just needs to get the rest of the world on board.
Politics briefingSweden’s politics festival, anti-Semitism in the European Commission and Austria’s election.
Diplomacy briefingWe talk to Taiwan’s man in London about diplomatic tussles with China, the Swiss build their second-largest embassy and Russia’s backfire in the Baltics.
Defence briefingVietnam’s surprising purchases from the US, and France’s defence exports have a moment.
Cities briefingVictoria’s mayor talks unpopular policies, Ghent transforms its cycling culture and Helsinki goes green.
Moving forwardHow will you get to work in the future? We consider the role that businesses will play and think about some of the potential travel opportunities and pitfalls – not to mention how long it’ll take.
Business briefingA space-saving office, bricks-and-mortar shops for online brands and bringing craft beer to India.
Against the grainOatly CEO Toni Petersson has raised the drink’s profile by revamping its brand, tapping into consumers’ eco-desires and antagonising the dairy industry.
Striking a balanceBeauty and hospitality entrepreneur Cynthia Chua practises what she preaches.
Hive of industrySoundproofed chairs, high ceilings and yellow upholstery have helped Estonian newspaper ‘Aripaev’ turn a factory hall in Tallinn into a modern office for busy bees.
Equal measureA hospitality venture has transformed its fortunes with a work-ethic makeover.
Office politicsThe way we work is changing – and fast. This is leaving business owners and managers with more questions than answers. Does flexible working pay off? How much leave is too much? And how important is sustainability? We speak to the people trying to change the way we work.
Testing timesWhat happens if all commutes are free? Or you make young people do national service? Or even pay people for doing nothing at all? We find out.
All in a day’s workFrom paying your bills to finding your calling, work means many things to many people. But it’s the manner of your approach to the daily grind – your ambitions, your colleagues and your routine – that will define your career. So we’re taking working life to task.
Directors’ cutThe more incendiary the conversation around cultural topics becomes, the more museum directors take on the role of mouthpieces for how society should deal with thorny issues. Four art bosses tell us how they’re making an exhibit of climate change, colonial history, challenging norms and much more besides.
Crowd pleasersAn increasing number of independent media outlets are launching via crowdfunding campaigns. But building on this income while delivering on promises is another challenge; we look at seven ventures playing to the crowd.
The TenAfter the summer’s megafairs, the art scene is chilling out and the centenary of the Bauhaus movement is being marked on small screens and in a new museum. Plus: emo-pop cures all ills, books and films explore the clashes between generations and a familiar face returns to newsstands.
Business senseOrganic grocery chain Alnatura has gone above and beyond to create a smart and healthy office culture in its new HQ.
Aiming highFor Catalans, Gaudí’s Sagrada Família isn’t just a church: it’s an icon of identity and innovation.
Room to breatheWhy the design of this 1960s retreat, promoting modernity while embracing its nature, has stood the test of time.
New waveNorthern Spain has long been overlooked by visitors and entrepreneurs but there’s a glint of revival to be seen in its under-the-radar restaurants and inns. We pack a trunk for a roadtrip to meet the food folk doing things differently.
Food & Drink BriefingFood finds, from a microdistillery in rural Japan to new openings in Ibiza, Vienna and Avignon.
Francis MallmannThe Argentine chef on early inspiration, youthful rebellion, meaty domination and the tyranny of interfering waiters.
Reap what you sewHow can fledgling fashion labels make an impact in the industry? Here’s some inspiration from those who’ve done it.
Fascinating case studyWhy does Japanese luggage firm Ace travel so well? We check in with the CEO for a lesson in product development and diversification.
Fashion BriefingLA’s menswear upstart, an impressive new perfume shop and a beloved designer making a comeback.
The fashion filesAs autumn heads our way, it’s back to the office. Feelgood fabrics and elegant accessories will help you look the part.
In pursuit of perfectionThink that all the best work is done in cities? A chef hitting the heights in a remote Swiss village is proving otherwise.
Take your pickDo you fancy a 19th-century palace in Porto or a 1920s office building in LA? All bases are covered here.
Back to basicsVisit a modern hotel with old-fashioned values that’s housed in a century-old villa.
No big thingWhat do you do when you can’t find a neighbourhood to suit your needs? Make your own.
Best in classHidden inside an imposing townhouse, Graanmarkt 13 is a step ahead of routine retail.
Game onA line-up of beautifully crafted toys and games for some light-hearted respite.
Fête accompliEvery generation the quiet Vaud town of Vevey comes ablaze in a riot of colour, costumery and carousing during its Fête des Vignerons. But the abstemious few must ensure it all runs with Swiss precision.
Business mobility solutions
Whatever the size or nature of your company, and whatever the needs of your team, Alphabet’s Seamless Mobilityapproach has all the answers.
Alphabet has developed a mobility ecosystem that’s more than Corporate CarSharing. Following an initial analysis and set-up, employees can book and access a vehicle using the AlphaGuide app (options range from the small car segment to premium cars and LCVs), fill it up with an in-car fuel card and then return it to the parking bay when they have finished.
If an employer wants to meet staff mobility needs but prefers not to be tied to long-term lease contracts, AlphaRent is the perfect solution. It provides a wide range of business, estate, electric and even commercial vehicles from one trusted mobility expert – for a day, a month or longer. AlphaRent can be combined with all other Alphabet products to meet a company’s exact needs.
As the labour market becomes more flexible, the future of mobility is changing. AlphaFlex offers optimum versatility as well as cost control. It allows each employee to choose from public transport, cycling, taxi services or carsharing based on their immediate needs. Best of all, AlphaFlex can be tailored to hit specific company targets, whether that’s cost or CO2 reduction, providing a sensible system for start-ups and bigger businesses alike. To employers, this holistic solution gives optimal budget control over mobility costs and all travel is documented under one invoice, thanks to the fully automated data exchange integrated directly into the company’s payroll system (it also means less admin).
Alphabet has invested in a sustainable future and aims to reduce CO2 and costs in one go. AlphaElectric is the seamless implementation of e-mobility into a company’s mobility portfolio, providing clients with a customised mix of EVs, plug-in hybrids and combustion vehicles. Alongside an in-depth consultation process, Alphabet’s Electrification Potential Analysis determines a client’s unique driving profile to create a tailor-made solution. Using the Mobility Consulting Tool, AlphaElectric gathers real data on a company’s driving behaviour to understand how to integrate electric cars into the fleet. It even consults on charging infrastructures and simulates the CO2 savings of the electrified fleet.