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November 2019

This month Monocle’s design-minded collection picks up the thread that runs through the issue: well-made products outlast the fads. And as our collection shows, they can look rather dashing while they’re at it. Plus: how to host the perfect party.

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SO/ Berlin Das Stue

SO/ Berlin Das Stue is located on the genteel streets of the diplomat’s district in Berlin, set in a building constructed in 1930 as the Royal Danish Embassy. The term “Das Stue” itself translates to “living room” in Danish…

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Amorepacific

The Amorepacific aesthetic is more than skin deep. The storied company behind some of South Korea’s biggest beauty brands, from Sulwhasoo to Innisfree, places internationally renowned art and inspiring architecture at its…

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From darkness into light 

We spend half our lives in the dark yet little time reflecting on its significance in our lives. Santa & Cole is dedicated to researching the effects of artificial light and how it influences people and the spaces that they…

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Fundacion Casa de Alba

This autumn sees one of the world’s largest and most impressive private art collections open its doors to the public for the first time. Housed in Madrid’s Liria Palace, the Fundación Casa de Alba’s celebrated collection…

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Spreading our wings
Tyler Brûlé has his sights set on a new habitat for the various animals in the Monocle zoo.

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The opener

Art for diplomats, curbing California’s cushty canteen culture, dining cars hit the buffers and a political tussle on Chinese cinema screens.

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Dream on

When Milton Keynes – the UK’s biggest New Town – was built, it aspired to perfection. Nic Monisse stays the night.

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Dab hand

New York’s whacky mystics are clinging on to real estate in a changing city. Ed Stocker tempts fate by visiting a palm reader.

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She’s just our type

The experimental book designer who isn’t afraid to push boundaries – and crack some spines along the way.

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Building up hope

The fighting has stopped in Damascus. But despite the look of normality, this is a city of black-market deals, shortages and deep pessimism.

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Band of brothers

Georgia’s inaugural Tsinandali Festival is not merely a celebration of classical music. It’s also an attempt to bring together musicians in one orchestra from countries with fractious relations.

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Leading the charge

His rivals refused to accept his election victory – so he went back to the polls and won again. Now Istanbul’s new mayor is ready to change the city and get rid of a web of corruption.

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Open book

Bookseller James Daunt has been tasked with changing the fortunes of Barnes & Noble. We take a glimpse inside the covers.

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Phoenix rising

As our report on the experiences of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble shows, rough times are part of business. But putting the right people in charge can be the difference between sinking and swimming. We profile the firms…

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Close to home

Forget dull hotel rooms and fusty apartments: a group of architects-turned-entrepreneurs are cornering the market in well-designed rentals in South Korea – and beyond.

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Holding the stage

Though they are the product of a director’s vision, even the most iconic film scenes are mediated by a set designer. Kris Moran is one of the industy’s best and it’s her eagle eye that helps her find the perfect props.

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