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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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.


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.


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…


Lay your hat

Tasked with transforming an old building on Kungsholmen island into apartments, architect Andreas Martin-Löf went back to its roots as a hat factory. And he was so pleased with the results, he moved in.


Noma hero

René Redzepi is regarded as one of the best chefs in the world and is credited with putting Denmark on the culinary map. Monocle meets the man at the forefront of the New Nordic cuisine.


Little wonder

Japan’s mini-car boom was rooted in affordability, low taxation and aesthetic myopia. Then Honda handed its new mini-car project to an F1 engineer, who surprised everyone by putting high-spec design at the heart of the kei…


Making scents

A centre of perfume making for centuries, the town of Grasse in the South of France is holding on to its reputation as fragrance capital of the world by developing new technology alongside time-honoured traditions.


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…


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…


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…


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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