62

April 2013

Sharpen your game: Our new spring style and retail survey. The shopkeepers, architects, developers, buyers and consumers you want on your side and in your neighbourhood – a Monocle special report.

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It's all relative

A country of 7,000 islands and almost as many contradictions, the Philippines is living out its past and embracing its future through the trials of one powerful dynasty: the incomparable Marcos family.

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Keeping it simple

Industrial designer Niels Diffrient says he has built his near 60-year career on a belief in staying under the radar and being ‘technically and stylistically capable’. He does himself a disservice: his work, particularly…

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Patriot games

On the Turkish border with Syria, an international Nato force sits quietly awaiting a conflict that may never come. But the heavy-duty weaponry on show says half the battle is about coming prepared.

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A cut above

The successful passing down of knowledge from master to apprentice can take years of hard work and practice before its benefits start to be seen. It’s this level of craft and attention to detail that helps create some of…

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Keeping it wheels

As city government initiatives help kick-off a cycling boom in the Brazilian metropolis, we look at the converging urban elements that are rapidly making Rio a pedal-power paradise. Then on the following pages we go global…

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Business class

In under three years, Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti has rebranded a struggling carrier and is now competing as a major player in the nation’s skies. He tells us how it’s an airline’s staff that helps keep standards…

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Food briefing

We speak to the man with possibly the best job title in the world - meet Mark Brownstein, international food hunter. Plus Austria's oldest preserve maker, our top three saucepan brands, a food-related film and other tasty…

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Indie brands

Away from the brashness of Beverly Hills the hilly neighbourhood of Silver Lake has enjoyed a reputation for enterprising creativity for more than 80 years. Monocle meets today’s residents who are keeping the tradition…

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Style is substance

This issue, Monocle throws a rigorous retail report into the usual mix of articles and briefings in the form of the Style Directory. Where to shop, who to watch and what to buy: we’ve got every angle covered.

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Simple supper

The bistro Vivant Table is testament to the owner’s cosmopolitan upbringing, with its organic, fuss-free Italian and French food.

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Finishing touches

The Rijksmuseum’s overhaul has taken 10 long years. However, it is finally ready to reopen its doors to reveal an interior revamp that is almost as impressive as the wealth of art it so beautifully displays.

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Petit prints

In an age of email the postcard is threatened in some quarters but not in the museum world, where they remain big business. Monocle meets the teams behind some of the world’s mini masterpieces.

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Asia briefing

Cambodia keeps politics in the family, South Korea get equal, and Japan gets green vending machines

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