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April 2007

All Eyes North: Why Norway is keeping watch on its reserves, resources and Russia. Monocle reports on the ups and downs of being on top of the world.

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Drawn together

The artists, animators and graphic designers Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas met in 1988. Although both are artists in their own right, they collaborate on almost all their projects. They formed their production company…

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High on Drugs

Pharmaceuticals giants Roche and Novartis are both based in Basel, where they turn in billion- euro profits every year. But now their hard-fought commercial struggle is being matched by an architectural rivalry that will…

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Banana Republic

Ecuador used to be a loyal ally of the US, but now its new president Rafael Correa is cutting a very different course and even looking to Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez for political guidance. *Monocle* travelled there to meet the…

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Naked ambition

Politician Albert Rivera believes that Catalan nationalism has gone too far and now threatens to isolate the miracle region fuelled by Barcelona. Crushed by Franco, Catalonia regained partial autonomy in 1979. Last year its…

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Buying Game

To mark the start of a seasonal series, Monocle visited three of its favourite retail outlets to talk to the men who buy their twice yearly line-up of labels for men and women. We start our tour at our editor-in-chief’s top…

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Space to Grow

Bremen has always been an independent, outward-looking city, but that didn’t help it when the port’s traditional shipbuilding trade went into decline. Now the city has reinvented itself as a hi-tech hub. With low rents, a…

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Close-Knit Family

Despite its 223-year history, and rural setting, there is nothing dyed in the wool about British knitwear business John Smedley. This is a company that has thrived on its ability to move with the times – and now it is…

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Icing on the Cake

The Austrian modernist architect Andrea Lenardin Madden might have seemed an odd choice as the design force behind the fast-expanding Sprinkles cupcake empire – not least to herself – but, like one of their sweetest prod…

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Mister Midtown

Tokyo is one of the world’s most competitive commercial property markets but the fierce competition means that projects are finished on time and it is considered vital to get every detail right. The latest offering is…

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Inventory

The Korean music box designed by Kenneth Grange and an exclusive look at BSA's new clothing range.

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Contain yourself

The Nieuwe Waterweg in Rotterdam is Europe’s main port and the world’s fifth-largest, employing 58,000 people. The Europe Container Terminal (ECT), owned by Hong Kong-based Hutchinson Port Holdings Group, was built here in…

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The Perfect Home Gym

Monocle assembles the perfect fitness regime and fills a kitbag with exercise essentials without s much as breaking into a sweat.

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Weapons of mass attraction

Modern warfare is not simply divided between conventional and nuclear, guerrilla or acts of terrorism. It’s a complicated mix of all these and more. But what to buy to defend yourself? Every two years, defence firms gather…

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Ikonoskop

The Swedish company teaching Hollywood a ting or two with the A-Cam, the smallest 16mm cinema camera in the world.

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Dane and Deluca

Emmerys is the kind of food “chain” that we would like to see in every country. Run by Per Brun, each outlet is individual, each product high-quality. It is a unique Nordic mix of chic 7-11 meets Dean & Deluca. Yet its…

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La colonia roma

La Roma neighbourhood in Mexico City offers foreign buyers a cosmopolitan spot in the sun at reasonable prices. We show you how to make the move.

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