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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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.

Global

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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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The no-frills PM

The Latvian PM is charged with the salvation of his country’s economy, which is in an even worse condition than most others in Europe. He speaks to Monocle about his plans to turn things around.

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Capsule time

For many, Paris remains the true home of fashion – and a clutch of well-timed, small-scale trade fairs are giving events like Italy’s Pitti Uomo a run for their money.

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Oman on a mission

While its Middle Eastern neighbours have flashed the cash or succumbed to Islamist influences, Oman has chosen a quieter, more steady path. But if Oman is to increase its international brand, challenges will also need to…

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The jungle look

A Belgian couple living on Sri Lanka’s southern coast commissioned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to build them a weekend retreat. The concrete edifice he designed is a picture-perfect set-up for the artist and her husband…

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Hello from Belo

Brazil’s third-largest city is well below the international radar compared with Rio and São Paulo. But things are changing in Belo Horizonte, as the economic boom continues to attract major national and foreign investment…

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Work in progress

From food-loving French taking long lunch breaks to workaholic Japanese businessmen, the world continues to approach office culture in very different ways.

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All about eve

What are the essential elements that make a great manager? In the first of a series profiling the management styles of key figures, Monocle gets an insight from Eva Hamilton, head of Swedish public service broadcaster SVT…

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Inventory No. 41

A round-up of beautiful and functional objects, including one-man-branded leather wallets and artist-designed backgammon boards.

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Toy story

This issue our regular Fairplay series on trade fairs from around the world makes a return. Here we visit the Toys & Games Fair in Hong Kong, the second largest exhibition of its kind in the world, where serious-minded…

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