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December 2014/January 2015

From soft power to film beds: top nations, hotels and design. Monocle gets out its clipboard and sharpens its pencil to rank the key players in everything from diplomacy to aviation - a Monocle special

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Stars in their eyes

Inside the European Space Agency complex on the Dutch coast, engineers and scientists are wrestling with big ideas. But for them, where we come from and whether we are alone are not philosophical questions: they are the…

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Inner space

This Paris pied-à-terre is not just a modernist space-saving marvel, it has Le Corbusier’s blessing to boot. Monocle takes in its fold-out ingenuity and primary-coloured delights.

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Small favours

We’ve sought out a few timeless (and functional) finds to kick-start the new year for your friends and family. Upgrade everything from garden to office and wrap up some toolbox essentials – not to mention a few pantry…

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The interview series 2014/15 part 04

Croatia is a young nation still experiencing some of the growing pains of a multicultural society learning to get along. At the centre of much of its recent social progress has been productive politician and academic Vesna…

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Deep impact

Military action tends to have a more visceral impact when it comes to forcing through change but it is the subtle influence of soft power that drives the most meaningful resolutions. In our fifth annual survey we gauge the…

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The interview series 2014/15 part 01

Faced with dilemmas over creating disaster-ready infrastructure, care for an ageing population and the use of nuclear power, Tokyo’s governor has progressive plans to take the city to the 2020 Olympic Games and beyond.

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Observation

Watching the design of our new Singapore outpost unfold has been as exciting as the prospect of Christmas itself. And there’s plenty more to come from Team Monocle in 2015, says editor in chief Tyler Brûlé.

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Expo 79: Designs on the future

The Melbourne School of Design is rethinking how we approach the visual world around us as well as its own teaching space. Monocle visits the school’s new building to learn why it is going back to the drawing board in order…

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Browse beaters

The launch of a new concept shop in Tokyo ticks many boxes: an impeccable edit, high-end food offerings and striking warehouse space. Yet it is the addition of a dedicated book corner that has proved a real winner.

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Super showroom

To keep up with demand for its selection of Nordic lighting and furniture, &Tradition has developed a unique showcasing space. Housed in a 100-year-old warehouse, a village-style layout of cube rooms is home to inspiring…

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Gloves off

Outspoken, in demand and still at the top of his game, fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld holds court on the industry, the media, lesbians and why Berlin isn’t as good as it used to be.

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Lock and keys

Danish avant-rockers Efterklang have turned an unloved eastern corner of the German capital into a studio space fit for writing records.

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Picture perfect

As the northern hemisphere braces itself for a chilly winter, much of the art world will be gathering in sunny Miami Beach for Art Basel’s annual Florida outing. Monocle takes an advance tour.

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Playing to the gallery

Owning a gallery or three demands an unwavering eye on art’s horizon while honing a familiar and welcoming touch with the artists, collectors and fairs that make the industry tick. New Yorker (via Köln) David Zwirner is a…

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Play for today

Artistically minded and musically rich, online music station Radiooooo is a charming alternative to the corporate Spotifys of this world. Monocle visits its studios to discover how the creators get their groove on.

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Spread the news

News network France 24 is a broadcaster working across three languages in order to deliver a nuanced French view of global affairs. With its ever-increasing reach, it’s a channel catching the little details that competitors…

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