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December 2012 / January 2013

Top team: the 20 collaborators and collectives to call on for 2013. A Monocle special report on the producers, designers, politicos and entrepreneurs you’ll want to spar with for your next venture.

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Starting again

Spain’s economic woes are creating a spirited entrepreneurial culture in its capital. We meet the people turning their fortunes around and revitalising neighbourhoods in the process, and speak to the mayor about the new…

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Perfect den

The Finns know how to do winter. This open-plan Helsinki penthouse is warm and inviting while still being bright and airy. It’s the perfect pad for hunkering down.

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The real deal

As we sat in Midori House we dreamed of one city where you could do all your Christmas shopping with ease. Then we realised where it was: Vienna.

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Pole star

The small community of Kirkenes is set to witness big changes as global warming opens up the Arctic. Can it cope with the influx of businesses keen to take advantage of its position on the Northern Sea Route?

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Viennese waltz

From glassware to gloves and we’ve scoured Vienna to find the best Austrian goodies you can take home and give to your loved ones this Christmas. Providing you can squeeze them into your Rimowa.

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Press gang

For a nation founded on the libertarian spirit, France’s media has traditionally kept a respectful distance when reporting on those in power. But recent high profile exposés are pushing the debate back into the spotlight…

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Observation

Over the Christmas season Monocle will be going up a gear rather than winding down. But of course we’ll still find time to enjoy a glühwein or two in St Moritz.

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The power of three

When Monocle published a lighthearted idea encouraging Brazil, Sweden and Turkey to work together, its message reached their capitals. We brought together the three foreign ministers for this issue’s round table series.

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Theatre of life

In a prime location in the heart of Munich there is a building for retired actors, artists and journalists who have their rents subsidised by a foundation that made its money in the circus. A good portfolio helps win you…

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Travel Top 50 2012/2013

From an exceptionally helpful member of hotel staff to a great view from your room, every little thing counts towards making a pleasant travel experience truly great. We’re sticklers for detail and in this annual survey our…

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Soft central

Monocle's third annual Soft Power Survey is an attempt to push the debate on where soft power comes from and how to use it. With current shifts in the global power balance, never has it been more relevant.

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Wish lists

As the days get shorter and gift lists grow longer, we asked some of our favourite bright minds to think up the perfect holiday night in with film, music and books.

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10 essays

For our double issue we’ve augmented our Essays section to cover a whole host of subjects: everything from online terrorism to overly obedient road-crossers is covered.

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Cinema Paradise

When it comes to a Friday night out at the movies, we’ll be booking our seats in Bangkok, Singapore and Tokyo. Now pass the Peranakan menu and a blanket.

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Europe Briefing

The elections, the people, the big ideas and the issues you'l be hearing more about in Europe in the year to come.

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Drawing board

For our round-table series, we invited four leaders in the graphic design industry to talk about the state – and the future – of their craft, in print and online.

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Americas briefing

The economy in Latin America, education in the US, elections in Ecuador, Paraguay and Chile, plus other things set to make the news in 2013.

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Old style

Within the monolithic UN Headquarters there’s a chamber that is being restored to its former retro glory. It was originally designed by the Danish architect Finn Juhl and now, in a brave move, it’s being put back to exactly…

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Asia briefing

Why 2013 will be a year of economic and political uncertainty in Asia, and the politician Jakarta has high hopes for.

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Office party

The largest of its kind, Orgatec is a biannual trade fair that draws office furniture manufacturers from around the globe to the outskirts of Köln. It’s a chance for the industry’s largest names to showcase the office of…

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Oceania briefing

Issues high on the agenda in Australia, including defence and security, plus the big elections coming up and contenders to watch.

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Eager weavers

Cebu is the manufacturing base for many high-end international furniture brands but it’s only recently gaining the recognition it deserves for its skilled craftsmanship. Meet the people boosting the city’s reputation and…

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Boarding school

Commercial flying is always that little bit more enjoyable when you’re surrounded by passengers who cut a neat and well accessorised dash down the aisle. Monocle settles in for a two-hour continental flight.

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Better together

You don’t have to do it all alone. Make sure you know who to call whether you are running for re-election, rebuilding your city or rethinking your retail business in 2013.

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Rock the Basra

Iraq has plans to build a shipping route that’s a cheaper alternative to the Suez Canal, starting with a port just south of Basra. It’s the biggest project ever undertaken by Iraq but will the war-ravaged city’s residents…

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Home from home

Following the success of our Hong Kong shop and bureau set up, we’ve replicated the concept in Toronto’s Little Italy – only it’s 20 times the size.

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Future lab

Global leaders may be lacking in ambition but that hasn’t stopped us doing the heavy lifting for them. Monocle presents 10 grand projects that would make a big difference.

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Makers & Shakers

For the second in this month’s special round-table series we talked with four businessmen about craftsmanship, manufacturing and the importance of where things are made.

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Food for thought

Denmark: home to the world’s first obesity tax, a globally revered restaurant (Noma) and a galaxy of informed and innovative food experts. We got four of the best together in a room to chew the (unsaturated) fat on their…

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