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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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Asia briefing

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

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Fight or flight

The future of Berlin’s Tempelhof airport is up in the air. Due for closure next year, campaigners are mounting one final bid to rescue this hugely symbolic airport that played starring roles in the Second World War and the…

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Observation Issue 08

Room for improvement: So many hotels bombard us with unnecessary extras when what we really require from them is to do the simple things well. Isn’t it time they ditched the gimmickry and concentrated on the basics of…

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Censor sensibility

Hung Huang is the head of CIMG, perhaps China’s most sophisticated media brand. In just seven years she has spearheaded new TV, print and web media. Now she wants to forge a uniquely modern Chinese culture, in a country…

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The verdict

On 6 November it will be six months since Nicolas Sarkozy was elected French President. We asked one of France’s most celebrated commentators to rate his performance both at home and abroad.

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High energy

In the third part of our circumpolar tour, we visit Murmansk. Following the break-up of the USSR, the city and its strategic naval base went into decline. But the promise of Arctic riches is reviving the city once again.

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Art beat

Jon Kessler is a veteran New York-based mixed-media artist, teacher and musician. He has exhibited his mechanical marvels at MoMA, lectured at Columbia University, played with his band at the Highline Ballroom and dressed…

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Life's a beach

Renowned as a New Zealand playground, the Bay of Plenty is enjoying a commercial makeover thanks to its thriving port, excellent transport links and booming population of entrepreneurs. Monocle visits a region going global…

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Relaxed fit

Slowear successfully disregards ‘fashion’ in favour of quality, provenance and longevity, housing four of our favourite Italian clothing companies under one umbrella brand.

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