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February 2016

Are you a host with the most? The art of first impressions. Our first Reader Survey on the friendliest people, nations, cities, airports, hotels and brands – and how you can join their smiling ranks.

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Observation

A warm welcome from editor in chief Tyler Brûlé as he expounds on the importance of receiving guests in the right way: fail to invest the necessary finances and effort when it comes to first impressions and it could be the…

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Welcome to our table

Blessed are the cheesemakers – not to mention the brewers, bakers and restaurateurs – who make sitting down to eat and drink with friends such a keen pleasure. Here’s our pick of the vital victuallers making Monocle’s…

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Sugar rush

In a village just outside Venice the focus turns from canals to confection: we visit the factory where Scaldaferro makes its renowned nougat.

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Inventory no.90

Our hospitable haul offers soaps to scrub with, sake to raise a toast, a lamp to set the mood and a scent-ilating incense burner for creating just the right atmosphere for entertaining.

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Design briefing

Furniture-makers, a type foundry and an events space to rent. Plus: our Design editor has some tips for the tradeshows.

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People's palace: Henselmann Tower

Karl-Marx-Allee was the most famous street in the GDR, lined with socialist-era ‘palaces of the workers’.These apartment blocks are now attracting a discerning crowd and fostering a creative community – and the Henselmann…

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Raising the bar

What goes into the cocktail shaker to rustle up a peerless drinking den? Our editors (all experts on the subject, of course) sat down over a bottle or two to come up with this vision of the perfect bar; come and join us for…

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Letters from home

We meet the makers and painters continuing the aesthetic legacy of their cities, creating and preserving signs with gold leaf, ochre-white paint and neon tubes.

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Making an entrance: AllesWirdGut

Meet the architecture firms that put a premium on coming up with elegant solutions for interiors that reflect their owners’ personalities. Their work in Bangkok, Christchurch and Vienna imbues hotels, restaurants and bars…

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