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September 2008

Going Up? Going Down? Monocle reports on the ascenders and free-fallers of autumn 08. Plus, a report on the innovators of the elevator industry.

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Inventory No. 16

A Japanese label machine, bracing Viennese shower gel, a modern take on the Lebanese nargile and Spanish nursery furniture. Plus, Tokyo's Mareesia Garden hotel and a pool near Porto.

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Stock in trade

With a presence in Russia since 1989, Finnish retailer Stockmann faces its biggest setback there yet after its Moscow department store was forced to close. The unfazed CEO Hannu Penttilä explains why he is sticking to his…

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Leading the flock

In the first of a regular monthly series of international street profiles, we popped down to Lamb’s Conduit Street for a stroll, some tapas and a little retail reconnaissance.

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Travel briefing

A report from the UK's Farnborough Airshow, Tokyo's only boutique hotel gets a makeover, Air Dolomiti's expansion, plus essential addresses in Madrid.

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Bag for life

Inujirushi has been supplying robust canvas bags with leather trimmings for the past 50 years, thriving on customer loyalty rather than marketing or advertising. Only recently has it opened a shop, in the neighbourhood it…

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Tequila sunrise

At the 2007 Oscars three Mexican film directors received 16 nominations between them, but in their homeland, the industry is lagging. Monocle meets the next generation of filmmakers, whose dream is to turn talent into…

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Shifting sands

When Turkmenistan’s President Niyazov died in 2006, it was the end of an eccentric personality cult. His successor promised to open the state up but today the gas-rich nation is still an enigma. Foreign journalists are…

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Tokyo story

As part of our series on the foreign media coverage of the US presidential election, Aya Igarashi of ‘The Yomiuri Shimbun’ explains why Japan is worried about having a Democrat in the White House.

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Apgujeong

The South Korean capital is shaking off its reputation as an architectural eyesore – and the southern district of Apgujeong is leading the charge. Its open-air cafés, boutiques and proximity to Dosan Park mean it is one of…

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My last meal: Jacob Jensen

Jacob Jensen’s products for Bang & Olufsen made design history in the 1960s and 1970s, but his design philosophy is perhaps more relevant today than ever. For an imaginary final lunch he chooses the “incredibly well-desi…

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Art market briefing

The first in a new series looking at the world of buying and selling art. This month: a Q&A with Christie's specialist Carina Villinger and Damien Hirst's forthcoming Sotheby's sale.

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Hammer time

Few architects would know how to build their own designs. that’s where the ghost laboratory comes in: this visionary two-week summer camp in rugged nova scotia gives students and qualified architects the chance to practise…

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Asia briefing

China rediscovers the bicycle as oil prices soar while disaffected Japanese youths flirt with communism.

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Paper back

Colombian newspaper ‘El Espectador’ has survived financial woes, falling sales and a drugs cartel vendetta. Monocle meets its director as part of our series on firms keeping high-quality print publishing alive in an incr…

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Observation

The recipe for creating the perfect community is a complex one, but one thing people everywhere are realising is that the likes of Starbucks are no longer welcome, says our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

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You lift me up

As skyscrapers are built ever higher, and architecture becomes more complex, there is a demand for elevator systems that can move thousands of people in minutes. A leading manufacturer, Schindler, is investing in double…

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