41

March 2011

Our new issue takes a hard look at the working day around the world and asks whether being open-all-hours is better than sticking to the 9-to-5.

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Together again

In the first of a new series examining the possible turn of events in future scenarios, Monocle looks at how the reunification of North and South Korea might unfold.

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Taking art to the max

Rome’s Zaha Hadid-designed MAXXI museum opened last summer. Now that the critics have left and the public’s taken over, is it working? Or, like a wonky painting on a wall, does it need readjustment?

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On a roll

Atelier Charles Schambourg weaves Toile de Cuir leather and was founded by a former secret-service agent who saw an exquisite business opportunity.

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Culture Briefing

This month's books, music and films, plus our culture editor's regular column and an interview with director Trần Anh Hùng.

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Noga

Tel Aviv’s Noga is home to a multicultural, creative community. Foreign buyers and modern luxury developments are moving in but it hasn’t lost its original feel. And it’s close to the beach too.

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Power shift

Hungary’s foreign affairs minister discusses the challenges facing his country’s EU presidency, the importance of an increased role for central Europe and his government’s reputation for media bashing.

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Art market Briefing

This month's books, music and films, plus our culture editor's regular column and an interview with director Trần Anh Hùng.

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Basque force

Finalist in the Nariz de Oro sommelier competition, San Sebastián-based Dani Corman is one of Spain’s finest noses. Local and Michelin-starred restaurants call upon his skills when they draw up their wine lists and order…

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Media Briefing

South America's love of heavy metal, Brazil's Casa Triângulo art gallery and Al Jazeera launches in the Balkans.

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My last meal: Andrey Kurkov

Master of dark comedies and tales of the absurd, Andrey Kurkov is the Ukrainian author of ‘Death And The Penguin’ and ‘A Matter of Death and Life’. For his last meal, he takes us to his local haunt, Jungle Cat, for some…

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Make it better

For over 50 years Kenneth Grange has designed many of the UK’s most recognisable things, from postboxes to taxis. With the UK design and manufacturing industry in decline, he tells Monocle what he thinks needs fixing.

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Expo 41: The banished world

The notion of exile often evokes a more romantic era but for many leaders, a life banished from their homeland still beckons (fancy hosting a despised Tunisian president anyone?).

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Fashion Briefing

A round-up of the latest store openings, clothing lines and news from Japan, the UK, France, Canada, Italy, the US and Germany.

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Observation

South Korea used to be sleepy and cautious compared to Asian rivals. But these days it’s causing headaches for business leaders from Singapore to Tokyo. Closer to home, we’re packing up for the our big move.

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Pitti picture

Florence’s Pitti Uomo fair is a benchmark for how the market is shifting – and a chance to spot the big name brands of the future. This season’s event was also a showcase for the city itself and for ‘Brand Italy’.

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