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Monocle

17th September, 2010

Launching at the height of the recent financial bubble in 2007 by Tyler Brȗlé (of Wallpaper fame), it managed to weather the storm unlike so many other printed publications and has gone on to expand into newsprint format, opened tiny stores across the globe and has collaborated with highly respected brands on toiletries, accessories, luggage and even bicycles. For me, they have excelled for the same reason Apple have – in terms of design and marketing, they shoot high and sweat the details.

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Part of the reason I now have to move here

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I have a particular fascination with work environments, especially craft areas that produce products I use. One of the most elegant manmade forms has to be the surfboard and this is where the magic goes down at Deus in Bali.

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Launching at the height of the recent financial bubble in 2007 by Tyler Brȗlé (of Wallpaper fame), it managed to weather the storm unlike so many other printed publications and has gone on to expand into newsprint format, opened tiny stores across the globe and has collaborated with highly respected brands on toiletries, accessories, luggage and even bicycles. For me, they have excelled for the same reason Apple have – in terms of design and marketing, they shoot high and sweat the details.

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Had the pleasure of being introduced to a gem of a shop…  Books Actually is tucked into a corner of Singapore near the financial district. Meticulously curated and elegantly presented. Well worth a look if you’re in town.

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One of my earlist memories of a gadget was sneaking in to my parents room one morning. My Dad had just got back from an assignment in Japan (I think) and had just got up and was in the bathroom. On his bedside table was something I hadn’t seen before. It was black, had lots of buttons and a digital screen. I wanted one.

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Had lunch with the gang at the bamboo factory today – Read on…

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The view on my way home – a slight improvement on the top deck of the No.94 Bus

mango sticky rice coco

Looks like I have a new favorite dessert

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From big business to big brother, to social media and now Wikileaks – a sign for our times

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A TED classic, Ken Robinson explores the educational status quo and how it can kill creativity Read on…