61

March 2013

Why the world needs the new Germans (and their sweet bear): A Monocle special report on how Europe’s star economy uses business brawn, good design and Gummi Bears to win hearts, minds and tummies.

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Teutonic lights

When we think about 21st-century Europe, we think about Germany. But our picture of the character and global outlook of the country can often be shaped by outdated notions. Here, Monocle crosses the real Germany and disc…

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The hand made tale

In a globalised market flooded with faux-artisan branding, real craftsmen are endangered. But in Kyoto, where tradition rules, a new initiative is refreshing generations-old techniques to bring Japanese craft to a worldwide…

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The ice man

Finland’s icebreakers are crucial for keeping the Baltic Sea navigable and its ports open. Captain Tommy Berg is at the helm of the MSV Fennica. He says keeping the ship on the right course is ultimately a team effort.

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Observation

Editor in chief Tyler Brûlé looks back over his career in television, print and radio as we celebrate six years of Monocle and new developments for Monocle 24.

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Defence briefing

Germany’s armed forces are experiencing an era of change. Just as they are becoming more active on the world military stage, they’re also facing cuts and restructuring. What type of military emerges in the end is still…

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Rebuilding process

Since Anders Behring Breivik’s atrocious attack in 2011, Utøya has rarely been out of the news. Here, finally, a positive story emerges from the tragedy: meet the Norwegian architectural firm redesigning the island for a…

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Looks good on paper

Who puts the lead in your pencil? Probably a German firm with a history of making fine writing instruments. And it’s a past these players want to highlight as they do battle with those pesky digital gadgets. Meet the stars…

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Seasonal change

The biannual Pitti Uomo menswear show is a highlight of the fashion calendar but its host country isn’t the force it used to be. That necessitates an unfamiliar focus on expansion into foreign markets – and Japan is first…

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All in it together

As companies around the world collapse into administration it would seem that the frenzied pursuit of profit in these straitened times can have an unfortunate side effect: bankruptcy. But the global resurgence of co-oper…

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The best of times

Each year there are two must-attend watch fairs in Switzerland. The vast Baselworld is still some months away but at the smaller, perfectly formed SIHH the talk was of slimming and self-reliance.

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Clean break

This Tennessee city used to be known for its smog and stench. However, Chattanooga has cleaned up its act, establishing itself as an emerging technology hub and the home of Volkswagen’s only US factory. How did that happen…

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Counter culture

A quick bite on your own in one of Tokyo’s cafés and restaurants is a pure, indulgent pleasure, especially when you’re adding to the ambience with a sharp-looking outfit.

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Boring is banished

The sterotypes no longer apply to Germany: both culturally and economically the country is home to fresh ideas and exciting developments. It’s time for the world, and Germans, to embrace a new future.

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Inventory no. 61

This month, the natural world brings wood, leather and rare essences to the fore and creates unexpected combinations with chocolate-and-caramel tea and a vodka that starts life with a cow.

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Harmony restored

Built in the 1930s as a Third-Reich propaganda machine, Munich’s Haus der Kunst has since evolved to become one of Germany’s most prestigious and global-minded contemporary-art venues.

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Monocle travel guide

From a three-Michelin star restaurant to a new mobile kitchen in Berlin, we take a quick tour of what’s new and noteworthy for a trip to Germany. Then on the following pages we go global for this issue’s travel picks.

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Latin Liebe

The streets are immaculate, the inhabitants are blonde and the local beer is exceptional. Welcome to Brazil’s ‘little Germany’.

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