49

December 2011 / January 2012

Monocle issue 49 is our bumper double edition – our biggest yet.

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2012 forecast: urbanism

What'll happen to our cities in the coming year. Japan wil have more trees, Mumbai will have more high-rises and Portugal will get its first "smart city".

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Design/Architecture Briefing

Social housing in Paris, smart wrapping paper from Berlin, the perfect pairing of a new chair and a classic lamp, and a confession from our design editor on his secret love of tinsel.

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Talking heads

From the presidents of Turkey and Colombia to the leader of the Israeli Labor party, Monocle interviews five political leaders from some of the world’s most volatile regions.

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Top Tenn

Stockholm’s Svenskt Tenn has had its one and only homewares shop at the same location for 84 years. As Monocle discovers, a redesign of the iconic store hasn’t lost any of the homely charm of the firm’s idiosyncratic fou…

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Rocket city

Huntsville, Alabama is a global player in the defence and aerospace industries but in order to ensure its economic future it must diversify. It’s looking to bio-tech to not only attract top researchers and entrepreneurs,…

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Turning the tables

At China’s International Furniture Expo, Furniture Labo launched its Stellar Works collection. Proud to be made in Shanghai, it’s not only gaining fans abroad but also targeting discerning Chinese clients.

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Isolated state

On a trip to the northern Swedish archipelago, with just a few essentials, Monocle discovers an island bolthole perfect for recharging depleted batteries.

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Ethics work

Germany’s economic status exceeds its place in the world power order. With a touching lack of marketing sophistication and sturdy business values, Europe’s powerhouse has achieved soft power almost by accident.

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A question of taste

Italians have never really believed in hard politics. They’ve always known that the root to real power is through a person’s stomach, and have acted accordingly, building up an enviable array of world class food and drink…

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All hail

The iconic London black cab is being adopted across the world, from Azerbaijan to Italy. It’s been painted purple and made into a high-class ride with wi-fi and a drinks cabinet, and it all started with The London Taxi…

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Expo 49: On the brink

The towns of Blagoveshchensk and Heihe are divided by a river – and the very different routes the Russian and Chinese economies are travelling along. And there’s no doubt which town people want to live in.

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Flying patients

Consumers are increasingly looking beyond their native borders for low-cost, quality healthcare – and if there’s a safari thrown into the package, all the better. Monocle looks at the global hotspots attracting patients…

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Observation

Our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé takes stock of a busy year that has culminated in us cranking up the dial on Monocle 24, and charts the months ahead. But in between there’s glühwein and stollen to be savoured

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Dream export

The burgeoning soft power of the nation that straddles the East-West divide is rooted in its flourishing drama production industry, capturing hearts and minds from Pakistan to South America. Just don’t call them soap operas…

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Business Briefing

Taking home-cooking to Singaporeans, tying the knot in Cyprus, making kangaroo-hide sneakers Down Under, and other business news and happenings.

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Tender is the might

Conceived of only 21 years ago, already most nations want a “soft power” strategy – a way of winning the world over without resorting to military-industrial might. Monocle has indexed the top 30 soft power nations, which…

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Creative futures

We’ve asked five artists, musicians and writers to tell us what they’ll be up to in the coming year and what will keep their creative juices flowing.

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High frequency

As we were putting this issue to bed, the studios of our new audio venture, Monocle 24, were moving into high gear. Broadcasting around the clock, Monocle 24 is a mix of discussion, news on the hour, happy tunes and a…

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XXI marks the spot

With no advertising, no marketing and limited online presence, the success of ‘XXI’ magazine has proven that readers do not need much persuasion to pay for beautifully presented, long-form journalism.

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