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November 2014

Build a better life: meet the world's new homemakers. Stop dreaming, start digging! From brick to bath, a 48-page guide to good houses, cosy rooms and well-planned projects – a Monocle special

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Sitting pretty

Filling a house is a daunting task. But with Tokyo and Stockholm each boasting a street peppered with high-end homeware gems it can be a journey of discovery.

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My last meal: Gay Talese

Famed for his bewitching prose, Gay Talese pioneered New Journalism in the 1960s. Yet despite the avant-garde nature of his work he opts for classic dishes that combine sophistication and simplicity.

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Faith healer

Toronto’s newest cultural landmark is the Aga Khan Museum, dedicated to collecting art and artefacts from throughout the Islamic world. A serene and inclusive site, it aims to educate and unite visitors of all faiths.

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Observation

The places where we buy magazines are changing – some for the better, some for the worse. Editor in chief Tyler Brûlé has a manifesto for those shops needing to read up.

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Life on the edge

Russia’s military involvement in Ukraine has irked the West but how has local life been affected along the other Baltic borders? Monocle tours the Russian-speaking hinterlands of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for lessons…

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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 authoris building a bookshop in France’s New York embassy; we popped in to…

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The new brigade

A fresh generation is falling in love with Mokotow’s modernist architecture and community spirit, giving it a visible sense of vibrancy in the process.

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Hidden gems

This month’s best in global travel includes an idyllic hotel in a former palace, a Polish shop showcasing the works of local artists and designers and a retro barbershop in Mexico City.

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Inventory no. 78

This month we bring you combs from Chicago, lighting from London and kitchenware from Kyoto. Plus a few new tipples for the drinks cabinet.

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Precious time

The Biennale des Antiquaires is where the world’s top jewellers dazzle crowds with their most extravagant one-off creations – pieces that often take years to create. And in a buoyant market fuelled by the timeless desire…

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Diverse city

The second outing of our new series takes us to Istanbul, a city undergoing rapid change that is transforming the media landscape. Monocle explores the city and its multiple media offerings that are influencing the nation…

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Carrying the torch

The usability of workwear coupled with craft expertise from one of France’s oldest trunk makers was the inspiration for L/Uniform, a new luggage range start-up aiming to prove that practical can also be beautiful.

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Media briefing

Upcoming televisual treats in the US and wireless speakers that will appease sonic connoisseurs.

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