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November 2007

Achtung! Hold the front page: Monocle on the reinvention of a German design icon. Plus, a special report on print media.

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Mode in Japan

Alongside the vast Tokyo International Gift Show – 2,400 exhibitors and counting – has grown a smaller, carefully edited craft and design show called For Stockists. But this bijou event is now the hot ticket, thanks to its…

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Yo smushi

Danish design hardly needs encouragement but Rud Christiansen’s The Royal Cafe places the country’s High Modernism in its proper regal and culinary context. Pull up a bespoke Ant chair for global food, iconic branding and…

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Palace coup

In central Milan it makes more sense to renovate than trade up. Over four-fifths of the country’s residents live in private homes, and a 100 sq m property in Milan costs on average €380,000. Although one as covetable as…

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The inside scoop

Print media might be faced with some serious challenges but it’s time to stop calling its relevance into question – that goes for newspapers too. In many markets the humble daily has never looked so good, in others there’s…

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Printed matters

The conservative values of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung have always been echoed in its design. But the expectations of the modern reader – and falling sales – prompted a complete redesign. *Monocle* gains exclusive…

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The next best thing

In the Netherlands’ crowded and sophisticated newspaper market, a new launch might seem foolhardy, but this Dutch daily has found an untapped market with its wit, analysis and opinion. And all for a euro. Is this the role…

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Paper tigers

There are an estimated 11,000 newspapers in the world and last year their combined circulations rose 2.3 per cent. But in Europe and the US it’s a different story: readers are fleeing to the web and losing the news habit…

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Room service

Rafael Micha is the founder of Grupo Habita, Mexico’s first design hotel group. Launched in 2000 with Hotel Habita in Mexico City, the company is set to open three more hotels in 2008. Micha chose Grupo Habita’s Condesa DF…

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In the first lane

In July the world woke up to how rich Japan’s Fast Retailing Co had become when it tried to buy Barneys. Now the group is set on making its Uniqlo brand a powerful – and very Japanese – global brand.

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Vinyl frontier

The Eklund family has made the world’s most desirable vinyl flooring for over half a century. But now their seasonal collections are winning praise from the worlds of fashion, architecture and design. *Monocle* meets Swe…

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Hard cell

While the West prevaricates over ethical issues about stem cell research, Chinese companies are powering ahead in a bid to find treatments for numerous life-threatening conditions. But are loosely regulated companies such…

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Step ahead

September’s footwear fair in Milan drew a record 46,300 visitors. Yet while Italy exported 250 million pairs of shoes in 2006, output has fallen 30 per cent in the past five years in the face of competition from Asia’s…

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Horn of plenty

It is a tiny Muslim nation in one of the world’s most politically hostile regions. But Djibouti is also in the perfect position to keep tabs on Islamist militants. That’s why the US army is here and, thanks to a hearts- and…

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Air to a fortune

Denmark is a pioneer in wind energy: some days the entire country is powered by it. Now LM Glasfiber, Danish maker of vast turbine blades, is helping convert the rest of the world.

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On the tiles

No. 8 in our monthly series of life improvements sees us clearing out the mirrored Schneider two-door and restocking it with some new favourites and old bathroom essentials.

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Clean and serene

Liechtenstein’s population is under 35,000 people, yet it is the registered home of 70,000 companies and 15 boutique banks. There is just one anachronism in this modern thriving state: a ruling prince who has little time…

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Conserveira de Lisboa

It would take a very special shop to impress Lisbon’s pescatarian public, but Conserveira de Lisboa – now into its 77th year – and its jawdropping array of Portuguese tinned fish has fed Lisboans, Michelin judges and tou…

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Saint-Henri

Montréal’s distinctive cultural mix, fine architecture and liberal sensibility has made it Canada’s most desirable city (though Vancouverites may say otherwise). Its Saint-Henri neighbourhood is becoming especially attra…

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Asia briefing

Michelin judges Tokyo a gourmet's delight, Taiwan's weapons programme, and the beautification of Seoul.

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