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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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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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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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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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Politics

Ethiopia tackles graft, electoral reform in New Zealand and Hong Kong’s decisive next vote.

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Diplomacy

China charm offensive in El Salvador, Morocco plays peacemaker and a Davos alternative in Asia.

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Defence

The UK’s buoyant boat-buying and the Canadian armed forces find new fatigues.

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Cities

A mooted LA-to-Vegas rail route, Sydney’s green fringes get protection and the Big Apple’s bike rethink.

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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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Business

A high-speed railway in the Balkans picks up speed, a new airport in Scandinavia open ski options and a campfire-catering start-up shares tips for success.

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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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On the right page

An independent publisher that’s been bringing northern European hits to Italian readers for decades is embarking on a new chapter.

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The Ten

This autumn, the meaning and power of love get a fresh outing on stage, TV and in music. So get ready for plenty of laughs, tears and everything in between with the help of our indispensable guide to the top cultural picks…

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It’s a small world

Even in the digital age, texture and tactility still matter in architectural design. Little wonder then that smart firms put their faith in expert modellers to give clients a tiny taste of their big ideas.

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