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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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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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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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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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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Pole star

The small community of Kirkenes is set to witness big changes as global warming opens up the Arctic. Can it cope with the influx of businesses keen to take advantage of its position on the Northern Sea Route?

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Viennese waltz

From glassware to gloves and we’ve scoured Vienna to find the best Austrian goodies you can take home and give to your loved ones this Christmas. Providing you can squeeze them into your Rimowa.

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Press gang

For a nation founded on the libertarian spirit, France’s media has traditionally kept a respectful distance when reporting on those in power. But recent high profile exposés are pushing the debate back into the spotlight…

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Observation

Over the Christmas season Monocle will be going up a gear rather than winding down. But of course we’ll still find time to enjoy a glühwein or two in St Moritz.

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The power of three

When Monocle published a lighthearted idea encouraging Brazil, Sweden and Turkey to work together, its message reached their capitals. We brought together the three foreign ministers for this issue’s round table series.

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Theatre of life

In a prime location in the heart of Munich there is a building for retired actors, artists and journalists who have their rents subsidised by a foundation that made its money in the circus. A good portfolio helps win you…

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Travel Top 50 2012/2013

From an exceptionally helpful member of hotel staff to a great view from your room, every little thing counts towards making a pleasant travel experience truly great. We’re sticklers for detail and in this annual survey our…

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Soft central

Monocle's third annual Soft Power Survey is an attempt to push the debate on where soft power comes from and how to use it. With current shifts in the global power balance, never has it been more relevant.

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