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May 2020

Monocle’s home-focused May issue goes beyond the dramatic headlines to look at how to create spaces that are apt to linger in. We launch a manifesto for building better, look at the firms eyeing up the domestic market and profile a few elegant residences. Elsewhere, we examine the importance of keeping manufacturing onshore, decode the US political advertising industry and recommend the best media to hunker down with.

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The opener

What to wear and have delivered, the place you can still go to for fun and love letters to some of our favourite cities.

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Home truths

There’s a long way to go before this is all over but already there is much that we have learnt in the past few weeks – and many of the lessons are actually good things.

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Affairs

How the world should deal with China and can US campaigns run without crowds? Plus: Denmark’s happiness museum, five resilient cities, Belarus cosies up to the west and Brazil’s offshore defences.

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Let’s get physical

With gyms closed for now, is this the final straight for the firms aiming to keep you fit without leaving your home?

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Great shape

Good design brings joy at a time when home comforts have never been more important – and Fiskars has been leading the way in innovation and functionality for centuries.

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Polling power

With the 2020 US elections on the horizon, we find out how the creatives behind the country’s most effective political adverts bring in the votes.

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Full screen ahead

What’s next in this “golden age of television”? Streaming services are a boon to everyone – especially those confined at home now – but regional and niche broadcasters are taking up the challenge posed by the big players…

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Frontline reporting

In Italy’s worst-hit region, a plucky local newspaper is a lifeline for many residents. We meet its editor to learn about the challenges of covering a pandemic.

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Domestic agenda

Never has the home been more important to us: an abode that’s functional and well designed is a sanctuary in uncertain times that can offer a huge boost to our quality of life. With this in mind, we’re here to help. As we…

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Get in on the action

Proof that a less socially intense schedule won’t dilute the quality of your cultural life comes in the form of Oliver Hermanus’s beautiful South-African drama, Damien Chazelle’s jazzy new musical, Hazel English’s uplifting…

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Draw upon this

We might not see much of our cities for now but great design is everywhere. From toy building blocks to inspirational theatres, there is plenty to savour in 2020.

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Artists in residence

An overlooked pioneer of mid-century modernism, Mario Pani filled Mexico City with spacious, meticulously designed apartments now cherished by the creatives who call them home.

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New wave

Scattered among the dunes and beaches of a Portuguese coastal resort, a series of holiday homes capture the country’s golden age of modernist architecture.

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Feed your curiosity

Restaurants are off the menu for many but there’s no excuse for not eating well. Here we share some hearty, fuss-free and uplifting dishes that are simple to make and even easier to enjoy.

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Sacred cows

How we produce and procure food is being scrutinised as panic-buying and uncertainty ensue. The onus on traceability and provenance at the Paris International Agricultural Show is a recipe we should all stick to.

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Whetting the appetite

Hospitality has been hit hard by the unprecedented international lockdown – but brighter days will return. Here we ask our staffers, from all corners of the globe, about which restaurants they can’t wait to return to when…

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House of style

We met founder of menswear brand Bode in sunnier times. But her message is for now: if you want to be resilient, keep production close to home.

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