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October 2014

The ambassador will see you now — the art of modern diplomacy. Behind the scenes at the UN, embassy battles in the Pacific and Sweden's soft-power retail players, all in our Monocle Special

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Fully booked

France’s artistic reach in the US is in the hands of charismatic cultural counsellor Antonin Baudry. As part of a busy calendar the diplomat and author is building a bookshop in France’s New York embassy; we popped in to…

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Picking up the pieces

An ambitious new generation of Greek architects is on the rise, demonstrating a unique approach to design. Forced by the nation’s economic malaise to raise their game, they are taking their skills around the world.

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Alive and kicking

In the first of a new series that will be examining cities through their media make-up, we look at the varied and self-effacing Austrian capital.

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Art on show

The distinct portraiture of American painter and sculptor Eric Fischl helped define US art during the 1970s and 1980s by defying concepts, fads and fashions. Here he talks about a new series inspired by art fairs and his…

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The ties that bind

Taiwan’s tussle with China for Pacific island allies may have calmed but that hasn’t stopped the push for soft power in the region. Monocle visits Taipei’s embassy hub to discover there’s more than money at the heart of…

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Observation

Editor in Chief Tyler Brûlé on exciting times for Monocle: our new Tokyo bureau, a global book tour and the company's groundbreaking partnership with Nikkei Inc.

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Europe briefing

Rebranding the Canary Islands, charting the Latvian elections and an interview with a new Athens councillor.

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Expo 77: Hope for the best

Forged in the wake of war, Unesco stands tall as a bastion of peace and principle. Monocle visited its modernist headquarters in Paris to discover an institution dedicated to optimism despite brutal funding cuts and a…

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Food briefing

A fishmonger keeping New York cuisine afloat, Copenhagen’s top table and how to create the perfect Tuscan pasta sauce: we serve up the flavours of the month from the world of food.

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Helping hands

For nearly 200 years a small community in Aveiro in Portugal has created handmade porcelain that interprets the nation’s heritage.

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Treats on the go

Introducing Sunday’s Grocery, the unique shop and deli serving everything from Japanese whisky to made-to-order takeaway sandwiches.

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Air fair

With Fastjet’s punctuality, customer service and destination choice revolutionising the aviation industry in Tanzania, its population’s travel options are finally on the up.

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Up and running

From high-concept fitness shops to aircraft food done well, here’s how to add gloss to your global travels.

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Inventory no. 77

This month’s picks include smart shoes from Frankfurt, tasteful tableware from Tokyo and some notable stationery from a Parisian printer. We’ve also sounded approval for some headphones, picked up something for the kitchen…

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Island mentality

Spanish architect Carlos Ferrater’s Menorcan idyll may be a family home but its counterintuitive design means it also makes for a productive workspace.

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Hunt for a home

Built as a hunting lodge in the 1930s and seized by the SS during the Second World War, Villa St Martin in Alsace has a colourful history. Now an idyllic family home, its Bauhaus and art deco architectural styles

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Bright stars

Brooklyn is a firm fixture in lighting design and draws the best young talent around. Monocle tours this cluster of industry, taking in Bec Brittain, Rosie Li and Rich Brilliant Willing.

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