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Dec 13 / Jan 14

Doing the Soft Power Shuffle: how to be a winner in 2014. Sometimes all you need to get your way is a good recipe, an open door, charming exports and a way with architecture. A Monocle forecast.

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Head for the hills

From fashion and homewares to food and gifts, the white city offers a full complement of attractions for the committed consumer and gourmet alike.

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Class work

Making a workplace an enjoyable, productive environment doesn’t have to involve table football and thinkpods. These industrial spaces have got it right through the simple use of light, good architecture and a commitment to…

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Brand leaders

We meet CEO of Artek, Mirkku Kullberg, the CEO of Tod’s Group, Diego Della Valle, and Indonesia’s minister of tourism and creative economy, Dr Mari Elka Pangestu, to hear how they're helping put the design industry at the…

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Americas Briefing

The to-do list of Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, a look at the region's upcoming elections, new heights in New York and a politician to watch in Brazil.

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Fashion Briefing

Margaret Howell's new London shop, a Q&A with Man 1924's founder and new products and projects to watch.

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Asia Briefing

Japan's agenda for 2014, why New Taipei's mayor could be the saviour of Taiwan's ruling party and how Ho Chi Minh City is reaching for the skies.

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Heritage hero

National icon Gabriel Fagan’s home is a testament to his sensitive approach to vernacular architecture. Meet the man whose buildings celebrate the best of Cape Town’s people and culture as the city marks its title as World…

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As we leave one year behind and head into the next, 10 writers and academics ponder the issues that have pre-occupied us in 2013 and the ones that will crop up in 2014.

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Expo. 69: Growing apart

Kashgar may look like just another chinese boomtown but the city is riven with ethnic tensions. monocle visits a frontier where tradition is clashing with change.

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Observation

A city can’t improve its hand with ‘programming’, says Tyler Brûlé – real change in 2014 will be down to people and politics.

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Ready for take off

Bombardier is the family-run Canadian aerospace and rail-industry giant whose expertise spans generations. After weathering the financial crisis, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin is setting the firm’s ambitions ever higher…

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