Take on the season with a spring in your step with our à la carte selection that will have you covered, come rain or come shine.
Editor’s letterWhether the subject is modern warfare or the evolving identity of an old European city, we’ve always believed in the power of sending out photographers and writers to capture the realities on the ground. Look closely and see what you’ll discover, writes editor in chief Andrew Tuck.
The OpenerFunding fiascos, changing the clocks, cycling in LA and the inside scoop from the Venice Biennale.
Book smartsClients from Frieze to Rizzoli come to the graphic designer for her storytelling skills. And she delivers bestsellers.
Glowing for goldMalaysia’s favourite sport gets the neon treatment at Shuttle in the Dark. Monocle hits the court.
My cabinet: NanimarquinaJust like the striking rugs that they produce, Nani Marquina’s team at the namesake firm she runs in the Catalan capital is tightly knit.
The AgendaIn the Georgian capital, Russian émigrés are trying to make sense of the country they’ve left behind.
Inside Russia TodayA young journalist looks back on four years working for Russian state media.
BusinessA French fashion label with an African soul and a London stationer in praise of going analogue.
CultureThe second life of film sets and a preview of the Ukraine Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
CommentAndrew Tuck finds something extraordinary in everyday images of the urbane past.
UrbanismThe Dutch Cycling Embassy’s soft power and preserving historic street tiles in Houston.
On the cold frontIn the rugged terrain of northern Norway, Nato is conducting one of the largest military drills in its history – and its first since Russia invaded Ukraine. As some 30,000 troops rehearse for war, we ask: what lies ahead for the defensive alliance?
The art of mediationTurkey has found itself with a new diplomatic purpose since Russia invaded Ukraine: the trusted mediator. After years of being seen as unreliable, even mercurial, by the West, and spats with neighbours, it is playing a key role in trying to end the war. That’s why this year’s annual Antalya Forum, attended by more than 75 countries, suddenly became a hot ticket. Monocle was there to meet the ministers and dignitaries – and see what the world looks like from the shores of Antalya.
Firm foundationsMipim, the annual property summit in the South of France, returns as developers and city mayors gather to map out the future.
Feathering the nestWe meet the farmer nurturing Iceland’s very soft-power darling – its eider ducks – by modernising the industry and boosting profits.
Public accountsSince 1990 the Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has worked to translate oil revenues into long-term national prosperity. But what will be its role in a greener future?
Paradise foundEclectic influences have shaped modern-day George Town to make it an attractive place to set up shop.
Happy mediumAs Beijing tightens its grip on Hong Kong, broadcaster ViuTV is offering its residents some much-needed escapism.
Is the future of papers Wordle or world news?Newspapers have survived – even in print. But is their future now dependent on word games and dating connections as much as delivering news? And should we even care about where our information comes from? Monocle’s panel debates the pressing issues.
Continental driftA Dutch-born immigrant to the Ligurian capital, best-selling author Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer knows first-hand that our identity is tied to our sense of place – and of history. In his latest novel, he interrogates what it means to belong in a modern Europe haunted by its past glories.
Comic timingFrance has an august tradition of homegrown comic-book heroes but its rising stars now are Japanese.
Hitting peaksFrom a soundtrack to sisterhood to the secret history of Brazilian dance movements, we survey the essential cultural high points of the coming month.
Monocle Design Awards: part oneFrom the smartest greenhouses to the prettiest glassware, the Monocle Design Awards celebrate the most pleasing projects that bring our homes and cities to life.
Monocle Design Awards: part twoFrom the smartest greenhouses to the prettiest glassware, the Monocle Design Awards celebrate the most pleasing projects that bring our homes and cities to life.
Better togetherAn acquisitive Hungarian believes he has the recipe for central Europe’s first luxury group. Here’s his plan...
Call to actionHow Japanese outdoors company Goldwin melds technical prowess with sharp cuts for adventurers and urban explorers – and is now known for producing the world’s most coveted outdoorswear.
Cut to sizeWith spring comes a sense of renewed optimism and designers capture the mood with new-season jackets in upbeat checks and grounding, earth-toned hues. Silhouettes are loose and fuss-free, creating smart-casual looks, ideal for when you’re getting back on the road.
Outside chanceTake on the season with a spring in your step with our à la carte selection that will have you covered, come rain or come shine.
Small town, big cityVillage life is alive and well in the surprising environs of one of Spain’s busiest trade hubs. We took a stroll through Benimaclet.
Suite dreamsWhether it’s LA for a peaceful retreat that was once an infamous motel, Sri Lanka for a taste of boutique luxury surrounded by palm trees or a Provençal village for a hôtel particulier, here are our favourite new hotels this month.
Rest easyDowntown LA Proper has been three years in the making. We take a tour of the revamped 1920s building that’s luring the overnight crowd back to the area.
Game changerNintendo’s former headquarters have reopened as a boutique hotel designed by Tadao Ando. The architect has retained many original elements, with nods to the company’s origins as a producer of playing cards.
In good tasteAn Appalachian homage, exquisite French delicacies, avocado on toast and a comfort-food favourite — indulge in some of the tastiest treats on our radar this month.
Keeping it trimWe go for a classic do at a Zürich barber who’s a cut above the rest.
Just add waterThe City of Bridges is at a contemplative moment. It has come through two sleepy years, freed by the pandemic from the usual tourist crowds, and is now cautious about their return. Ahead of the city’s forthcoming Art Biennale, we discover a city basking in soft spring sun and waiting to see what’s around the corner for its flotilla of craftworkers, wine-makers, hoteliers and gondoliers.
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