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February 2015

The art of hospitality: reap what you sew (and bake, make and brew). The basics of being a good host: start in the home or a well-equipped Finnish classroom. Monocle gets a few lessons from battle-hardened GMs and some charming ambassadors. A new Monocle special.

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Homes from home

From the world’s most anticipated openings to ingenious start-ups and practical advice on how to set up your own star bar, here are our hand-picked heroes benchmarking top-notch service.

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Fashion police

Japanese clothing retailer Beams has its very own ‘internal affairs’ styling department, dedicated to helping shop staff find their personal look and inspire customers. It also believes in practising the perfect bow. This…

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Feast for the eyes

Starting with legendary bar and brasserie Kronenhalle, Zürich’s haven of art and comfort, Monocle visits the best hostelries to fill up on food, drink and inspiration. Plus: Ossian Ward investigates art’s place in the…

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Expo 80: Life of the party

From networking events and end-of-year parties to drinks receptions and music recitals, when an embassy throws open the doors it provides the chance to showcase its cuisine and hospitality skills as well as display its own…

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Rare talent

Portuguese chef José Avillez is singing the praises of a simple classic – steak – at Café Lisboa, his restaurant in the city’s opera house.

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Inventory no. 80

In this hospitality special we bring you colourful coasters from Brookyln, eye-catching tableware from Tokyo and the perfect saké for raising a toast.

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Keeping it local

When relocating from the US to Thailand, the couple behind design practice Studiomake decided to take the best ideas from the nation’s provincial architecture to use for their own home-cum-studio.

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Modern lovers

Architectural acolytes seeking a temple to modernism usually head for Scandinavia but they may now want to go west, too. In the California desert, an old bank has been reborn as an oasis of mid-century style and host to a…

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Group think

As urbanists around the world devise new approaches to better everyday living, we highlight three projects in Japan, Sweden and Singapore taking a fresh perspective.

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Peace and harmony

Feeling at ease, be you in an airport lounge, hotel or cinema, is hugely dependent on your surroundings. As these examples from around the world illustrate, intuitive interiors are a crucial part of the hospitality exper…

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Culture briefing

An Australian TV legend, a celebration of disco cover art and how to run a successful front of house

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Southern comfort

The streets of New Orleans have never been short of carnival spirit and creativity but can that energy find a home on the walls of local galleries? Those involved in the Prospect biennial think it can.

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