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Advertising Piers Fawkes: Is Monocle The New Louis Vuitton?

Tyler Brûlé has built a brand that has the ability to rival many European luxury companies across product categories.

Design How Iceland Has Turned Misfortune Into Opportunity

PSFK travels to Iceland to see how the country's creative economy is rebounding from the financial collapse.

Home Monocolumn: Sino-Indian Rapprochement…Through The Medium Of Yoga

In today's column from luxury magazine, Monocle, we learn about how yoga is bringing international communities calmly together.

Hotels, Hospitality & Travel Monocolumn: Life After Death For Berlin’s Old Airports

A year from today, the long-awaited Berlin Brandenburg International airport (BBI) will open next to the site of Berlin-Schönefeld, finally ending a long and drawn out game of airport musical chairs.

Technology Monocolumn: France 24 Licks Its Wounds After ‘Playground’ Fight

It was meant to be a new face for France in the world – a multilingual rolling news channel to compete with CNN and the BBC. But five years since its launch, France 24 is limping along.

Advertising Monocolumn: Obama’s Road Trip – The UK, Ireland, France… And Poland?

Barbecues and ping-pong: President Barack Obama’s week-long European trip has hardly been a standard one, not least for the choice of destinations.

Design Monocolumn: English-Language Newspaper Gets Design Makeover

“Today’s paper is just sparkling. I’m very proud of it,” exclaims Mario García – also known as the newspaper doctor – from his seat at Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post offices in Causeway Bay.

Innovation Monocolumn: NYC Series – The Toppling Mayor

In his tenth year as mayor, Bloomberg’s approval rating has hit near-record lows. In the boom years, the mayor-as-tycoon seemed a natural thing. Now that New Yorkers regard billionaires with more distrust than envy, the mayor has far less room to manoeuvre.

Innovation Monocolumn: NYC Series – Restaurant Price Hikes Difficult To Digest

In a city where nobody cooks, rising prices at New York restaurants have become a fact of life. Thomas Keller’s Per Se, awarded three Michelin stars, once charged $135 for a nine-course vegetarian tasting menu; the same meal will now set you back $295.

Luxury Monocolumn: Former Colonies Come To Portugal’s Rescue

It is a special kind of relationship, and one that could prove crucial to Portugal’s recovery. In a reversal of history, the Iberian nation is now relying on the trade and financial support of its former colonies to help it through its worst-ever financial crisis.

Innovation Monocolumn: Crisis Point For Southeast Asian Group Of Nations

There was a great elephant in the room at the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Though the region’s leaders spoke about peace and co-operation, the fact remained that Cambodia and Thailand are at each other’s throats.

Innovation Monocolumn: Changing The Constitution – Without Asking First

Hungary has a new constitution – but it could cause more problems than it solves on the diplomatic front.

Technology Monocolumn: How To Hide – A Lesson From Bin Laden

In a world in which anybody with a computer can peer into anyone else’s yard, the long-term fugitive feels like a throwback to an era of pigeon post and pith helmets.

Work Monocolumn: Royal Wedding – The Rebublican Conundrum

The marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton may have gripped many in the United Kingdom, but for the 20 per cent of the population that would rather the UK became the Republic of Britain (or RoB), it has been slightly awkward.