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May 2012

In issue 53 you’ll find a report on the supersized doggy pampering industry in Japan, our Affairs lead on Brazil’s command of the UN peace-keeping mission in Haiti, and special supplements including the Design Directory for 2012.

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Doggie style

The Japanese are going bonkers over their canines. But with the market for doggie products reaching saturation point, what’s next for the lucrative industry? Funerals and hotels apparently.

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Monocle travel guide

This issue’s round up includes a concept store in Minneapolis, a canalside guesthouse in Amsterdam, a gourmet burger joint in Paris and a sweet shop in Athens. For Flights of Fancy we travel Sri Lanka by seaplane.

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On the right page

Turks are once again embracing their historic brands. It’s good news for diary maker Ece Ajandasi, looking to recreate the dizzy heights it reached in the 1980s.

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Forking out

In the Netherlands, a fourth generation of blacksmiths has cottoned on to the fact that dedication and getting the simple things right can go a long way. Monocle meets the men from DeWit, digging deep for the garden tool…

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About time

Spirits were high at Basel watch fair this year as watchmakers refreshingly turned to more classic, elegant designs with hi-tech materials and new functions. We checked out the new models and trends.

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Villa Crespo

As Palermo loses its edge, largely due to high property prices, Buenos Aires creatives are upping sticks and heading south for the cobbled streets and bohemian feel of up-and-coming barrio Villa Crespo.

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Craft work

Hermès is one of the most recognised fashion houses in the world. But as a family-run business with a focus on craft, the current men in charge prefer to manage by looking inwards rather than chasing markets.

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Business Briefing

The surprising success of the importing of a European artisan cheese culture to China, while a new trend for fine wine also takes off in Hong Kong, and discussions to submit plans to legalise casinos in Japan get underway…

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My last meal: Lapo Elkann

Lapo Elkann, founder of lifestyle brand Italia Independent, prefers rustic, simple Italian food. He’d have his last meal at Sant’Eustorgio because of its picturesque location and comfort food.

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Dogs and new tricks

Japan is a nation moving beyond an unthinkable disaster to re-establish itself as a regional leader in culture and innovative lifestyles. This issue we meet the people spearheading the unusual evolution of Japanese society…

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Export duty

In the past, Germany has been wary about showing off its assets. Not anymore. Monocle explores how the Goethe-Institut cultural centres are disseminating all things German, from New York to New Delhi. And free from gover…

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Expo 53: Building for the future

Cannes’ annual MIPIM property market is a chance for countries and cities to show off their grand design visions. And, despite the economic crisis, it remains a fascinating milieu where mayors, speculators and architects…

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Twin town

Despite historical differences Denmark’s capital and Sweden’s third city are looking ahead to a future together. And they’re not alone. New twin city relations are flourishing elsewhere too.

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The lines are open

Veteran journalist Menashe Amir broadcasts in Farsi from Israel to millions of Iranians. His weekly radio call-in show on Israel Radio International is a way for people in the Islamic Republic to air their views.

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Observation

As spring warms the terraces of Midori House, our editor in chief Tyler Brûlé considers what elements create the perfect sunny spot and looks forward to making this summer the best ever for magazine, radio and barbecue…

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Special guests

As an aspiring superpower and regional leader, there’s a lot at stake for Brazil’s command of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti – especially as the drawdown begins. Monocle spends time embedded with troops in Port-au…

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Match point

‘Paris Match’ scores regular exclusives thanks to an army of reporters and photographers who mix celebrity with hard-edged news. Monocle meets the Paris-based team.

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Europe Briefing

An eye on Serbia's parliamentary election, the launch of Bristol's own currency, and Q&As with Sweden's Minister of Gender Equality and the CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management, Oslo.

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Media briefing

A peek at Beirut’s recently opened Art Factum gallery and Budapest’s concept store Printa. Plus, we meet web designer-cum-magazine publisher Kai Brach to talk about his journal Offscreen.

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Asia Briefing

China's Xi Jinping and Peng Liyuan are put on the Style Leader spot, work has begun on a new airport near Beijing that will become the world's largest, and India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh has a new leader after…

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World apart

Tasmania is a quiet force on the design scene but government backing, a decent museum and a school saved from closure are helping to put it on the world map and attract clients from abroad. We visit the studios of five…

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