59

December 2012 / January 2013

Top team: the 20 collaborators and collectives to call on for 2013. A Monocle special report on the producers, designers, politicos and entrepreneurs you’ll want to spar with for your next venture.

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Perfect den

The Finns know how to do winter. This open-plan Helsinki penthouse is warm and inviting while still being bright and airy. It’s the perfect pad for hunkering down.

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Starting again

Spain’s economic woes are creating a spirited entrepreneurial culture in its capital. We meet the people turning their fortunes around and revitalising neighbourhoods in the process, and speak to the mayor about the new…

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Office party

The largest of its kind, Orgatec is a biannual trade fair that draws office furniture manufacturers from around the globe to the outskirts of Köln. It’s a chance for the industry’s largest names to showcase the office of…

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Asia briefing

Why 2013 will be a year of economic and political uncertainty in Asia, and the politician Jakarta has high hopes for.

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Eager weavers

Cebu is the manufacturing base for many high-end international furniture brands but it’s only recently gaining the recognition it deserves for its skilled craftsmanship. Meet the people boosting the city’s reputation and…

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Oceania briefing

Issues high on the agenda in Australia, including defence and security, plus the big elections coming up and contenders to watch.

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Boarding school

Commercial flying is always that little bit more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by passengers who cut a neat and well accessorised dash down the aisle. Monocle settles in for a two-hour continental flight.

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Better together

You don’t have to do it all alone. Make sure you know who to call whether you are running for re-election, rebuilding your city or rethinking your retail business in 2013.

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Home from home

Following the success of our Hong Kong shop and bureau set up, we’ve replicated the concept in Toronto’s Little Italy – only it’s 20 times the size.

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Rock the Basra

Iraq has plans to build a shipping route that’s a cheaper alternative to the Suez Canal, starting with a port just south of Basra. It’s the biggest project ever undertaken by Iraq but will the war-ravaged city’s residents…

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Future lab

Global leaders may be lacking in ambition but that hasn’t stopped us doing the heavy lifting for them. Monocle presents 10 grand projects that would make a big difference.

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Food for thought

Denmark: home to the world’s first obesity tax, a globally revered restaurant (Noma) and a galaxy of informed and innovative food experts. We got four of the best together in a room to chew the (unsaturated) fat on their…

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Makers & Shakers

For the second in this month’s special round-table series we talked with four businessmen about craftsmanship, manufacturing and the importance of where things are made.

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The real deal

As we sat in Midori House we dreamed of one city where you could do all your Christmas shopping with ease. Then we realised where it was: Vienna.

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