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November 2015

Design Directory: from Beirut to São Paulo, Rovaniemi to Toronto. Part two – of Monocle's overview of the best in handsome architecture, desirable furniture, retail outposts, fine craft folk and top designers.

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House mates: Top 25

From tables to trays, cushions to chopping boards, Monocle presents a polished selection of new products you will be happy to share your home with.

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Observation

Not content with opening a pioneering new London newsstand, editor in chief Tyler Brûlé has overseen the launch of a seasonal pop-up shop in Merano. If you want an early dose of Christmas cheer, make your way to South Tyrol…

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Dished up

We spread the news about a Parisian bakery that combines a contemporary interior with traditional pastries and a café in Istanbul that hopes to turn the city’s tea-drinkers onto coffee. In England, of course, the time…

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Work wonders

Manufacturing in Turin may have withered but the Borgo Rossini district has made grand use of empty industrial spaces to refashion a warm community in its place.

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Take your pick

This month’s array of places to stay includes a regency-era London hotel, a renovated bank in North Carolina and a hostel in Tokyo that offers books instead of breakfast.

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Inventory no.88

This month we bring you tea strainers from Tokyo, flower pots from Florida, ceramics from Sydney and, of course, something to spice up your drinks cabinet.

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City dodge

Privacy and quiet in the city are in short supply but this mid-20th-century-inspired house in a lively Toronto shopping district is an object lesson in bold choices and the art of concealment.

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Squared away

Brushed by greenery in the well-heeled area of Higienópolis, the Edifício Louveira apartment block stirs much modernist ardour. Monocle meets the artist who finally found a home there.

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Home comfort

In the cool mountainous village just north of Beirut, a chef and a fashion designer have transformed a traditional stone house into an idyllic, immaculately designed weekend retreat. The good news? This is just a blueprint…

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Smart thinking

Coming up with design solutions and bringing customers new ideas is what these entrepreneurs and companies excel at. Here Monocle meets the shop owners, designers and manufacturers making waves from Portland to Prague.

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Hive minds

On the 60th anniversary of Ljubljana’s revered Biennial of Graphic Arts, Monocle meets the Slovenian designers worth watching.

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Quiet triumph

The work of modernist architect Alvar Aalto is revered well beyond his native Finland. But you have to travel to the country’s far north to discover a barely known part of his portfolio: a city he planned from scratch

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Right minds

From London to Mexico City, Monocle has selected five of the best practices with the architectural flair and interior ingenuity right for your next project.

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Cutting a dash

Milan, Paris, London, New York – and Ubrique, of course. What could be dismissed as a sleepy Spanish town is in fact a fashion heavyweight renowned for its leatherware. Monocle paid a visit to pick up some bags and brogues…

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Good as new

While many French companies have sought cheaper manufacturing options abroad, a few ambitious heritage brands have revived their fortunes by staying faithful to their roots.

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Labour of love

Despite our constantly changing reading habits, there’s still a place for printed independent magazines. Monocle met some pioneering editors and publishers who are not afraid to risk it all in order to tell the stories they…

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