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May 2015

We can make it together: a design guide to building it better in 2015. Monocle's industry of perfect plumbing, sharp architecture and elegant joinery for anyone wanting a finer home – Special Survey.

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The roll cool: Top 25

Be it from near or far, classic or contemporary, monochrome or multicoloured, the following hotlist represents our favourite 25 design pieces in the world right now.

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Observation

In Toronto recently, editor in chief Tyler Brûlé bumped into a young reader of the magazine. It got him thinking about misguided opinions regarding the state of the print market and even more enthused about our new project…

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Expo no. 83: On the home front

It was designed by a suspect bohemian, houses a coup plotter and is today favoured by young, liberal creatives. Madrid’s Edificio Princesa, once both bunker and luxury home for Franco’s loyal cadre, is a concrete testament…

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Plate expectations

Our culinary round-up from across the globe sees us sample virtuous vegetables in New York, tempting Turkish ice cream and beautiful Belgian sourdough. And that’s just for starters.

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Fusion power

Lower East Side café El Rey finds a personal touch with inventive Mexican fare that incorporates Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours.

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Haus rules

From the Alpine lodge with farm-fresh appeal to the two Argentine openings revamping the city’s retail scene, here are the movers, shakers and makers catching our eye across the world.

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Inventory no.83

This month’s Inventory is a treat for the senses – from tactile notebooks and fragrant soap harking back to times past to sculpted oak hangers and model replicas of a brutalist London.

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What makes us tick

Showing the world the true face of today’s watch industry, Baselworld’s annual fair remains as relevant as ever. Here are our highlights from this year’s edition.

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Master of modern

Adolf Loos was a key figure in architecture but his legacy has had to endure turbulent times in his Czech homeland. Now that restorations of his most dazzling interiors are underway, his designs are set to be revealed in…

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Culture briefing

Norwegian author Åsne Seierstad introduces her latest book and we round up this month's high-brow highlights.

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Digital uprising

One of the world’s most populous urban areas, Mexico City’s politically savvy population is blessed with a growing number of independent media outlets that are operating increasingly online.

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Media briefing

Germany's sharp take on the Scandi-noir genre, a preview of Art Stage Singapore and a slick new set of earphones.

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Family fortunes

The Moomins’ message of tolerance and their striking look have made the loveable trolls a global brand. Monocle talks to the makers of the latest Moomins film adventure and discovers why these uniquely Finnish characters…

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Now showing

Are all remakes bad news? Not when you are the world’s smartest cinema operator. Monocle surveys a vast upgrade from ragged art-house authenticity to the gleaming celebration of cinema that is now the Curzon Bloomsbury.

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Team player

Despite his position as the president and COO of Ritz-Carlton, one of the world’s top hotel groups, Herve Humler’s ability to motivate all around him regardless of role is a modern-day inspiration.

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Next top modeller

The relationship between master and apprentice is based on trust and the belief of each in the talents of the other. Architectural model-maker Lee Howell is passing his expertise to Giles Harvey, in a craft that makes a…

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Common good

Small Giants is an investment company with big aspirations, backing projects that are both sustainable and profitable. The Commons apartment complex is the fruition of its business model centred around profit and purpose…

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