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June 2007

Seoul’s School of Modern Media: Inside the companies revolutionising mobile communications. Monocle reports from South Korea on the rise of the new kingdom of content.

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Salone Selectives

With record numbers attending Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile, its reputation as the most important design fair was confirmed again. Shuttling across the city, Monocle caught up with the key industry players to get…

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Second to none

Once a year, the top watchmakers gather in Basel to reveal their newest creations – and the world comes to buy. *Monocle* was there to discover the leading trends and take the pulse of the market.

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Cool Operator

Ten years ago, Australian Shane Williams invented a vest to cool down football players and improve their performance on the field. Today his simple invention is helping commandos in sun-baked Iraq, burn victims, heart…

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In the Pink

Pinkberry yoghurt is one of those American franchise ideas – think soup, coffee and juice bars – that seem so obvious, you want to kick yourself for not having bought in at the beginning. The growth of the franchise has…

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Maine Event

Portland’s annual Maine Boatbuilders Show attracts an unusual mix of salty dogs, day-tripping families and wealthy customers, who fly in on their private jets to inspect the sloops, schooners, kayaks, ketches and yawls –…

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Las Mimosas

Tenerife has always had a bad rep (and some worse “reps”), but Monocle is a big fan of Santa Cruz, the tourist-free northern capital. While the package hordes party hearty in Playa de las Americas, leave the southern bad…

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Let them eat cake

The great patissiers have met their match in Sadaharu Aoki. With three shops in Paris and three in Tokyo, he puts a Japanese twist on classic French pastries. His commitment to craft, design and the best of two cultures,…

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Heart Food

Milton Glaser is best known for creating the I <3 NY logo, but his 50-year career has included much more. He founded New York magazine, and has designed record covers, posters, restaurant interiors, packaging and, most…

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Drugs, guns and nice sofas

On millionaires’ row in Herat, elaborate palaces are being built by businessmen who have made fortunes from exploiting the needs of the new Afghanistan – or selling heroin. A heady mix of Iranian, Italian and Gulf influe…

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Observation

For many of us it’s a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees. For Italy it was more not being able to spot the opportunity for the chairs at this year’s Milan furniture fair.

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The Inn Crowd

They never make it on to most magazine’s “Best Hotel” lists, but Japan’s simple, pared-down ryokan are setting new standards in service and design. The Fuyija, remodelled by architect Kengo Kuma, looks set to introduce a…

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Missing Persons

Across Europe, villages and towns are being abandoned as people move to the cities – or other richer countries. It is a problem that Spain knows only too well. In its Soria region, there are now 492 empty villages and…

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The Long Game

During the Putin years the process of democratisation in Russia has stalled, with worrying human-rights violations. But a barely heard opposition is fighting back. Led by chess master Garry Kasparov, advised by activist…

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Breaking China

The financial spotlight has been shining bright on China’s big eastern cities, but as investors notice the wealth of opportunity and resources in the remote western region, the city of Urumqi is about to take centre stage…

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Sending out an SAS

Founded in 1925, Copenhagen Airport – or CPH – is one of the best designed and most efficient in Europe. The airport is the largest in Scandinavia and the hub for carrier SAS. Here, we look at all the companies needed to…

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