Monocles latest book unpacks what makes a perfect shopping experience and offers tips on how to launch, design and run your own store. A must-have guide.The world of retail has never been so challenged thanks to a mix of e-commerce, unimaginative brand owners and greedy landlords. Yet while many stores have stumbled, a new generation of storekeepers and department store owners is arising. Is this the dawn of a new, independent age of bricks and mortar retail?Since launch the retail world has been one of the pillars of Monocles editorial coverage. On their travels around the world, the magazines editors are constantly looking for well-designed fit-outs, the people setting new benchmarks in service and the stores offering the smartest product mix.At the heart of all this is an understanding that a memorable shopping experience relies on a delicate balance of an inviting space, a warm welcome and a sense of discovery (not to mention covetable products)but an understanding, too, that shops and shopkeepers play an indispensable role in creating lively neighbourhoods and vibrant high streets.??This new book from Monocle reveals the global media brands 100 favourite shops worldwide, from the independent fashion boutique to the department store that takes up a city block. It also offers a few top tips and advice on how to launch and run your own retail venture, as well as a collection of sharp essays and snappy interviews. The Monocle Guide to Shops, Kiosks and Markets is a handbook for any aspiring shopkeeper, stocking a wealth of insight and inspiration.
Contemporary food goes way beyond avocado and quinoa salads. Delicious Places presents the new wave of cafés, restaurants and entrepreneurs that are writing a fresh chapter on culinary culture. Food culture has come a long way. New restaurants, bars and cafés are born out of fresh ideas that, with a clever twist, lead to an -unprecedented culinary experience that -balances location and concept--and ultimately influences a new world of food. Delicious Places collects the examples that execute the business idea in the best possible way. Single-dish restaurants, traditional -pasticcerias, fisherman cooperatives with the freshest produce or high-end restaurants in the mountains. They offer a unique experience that starts the moment you set foot in the door and spans from the interiors to the branding, and behind the scenes to the supply chains and sustainable procedures. Take a seat at the table and feast your senses one by one--the mind will follow.
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Make a difference when you travel. Excellent hospitality and sustainable journeys can go hand in hand. New getaways offer amazing design, delicious food and extraordinary experiences while committing to an eco-friendly experience for travellers and locals alike.From a remote lodge in the Namibian desert made from shipwrecks that protects endangered wildlife, to a restored hotel in downtown Hong Kong that draws on local tradition, or a guesthouse in Beirut where Lebanese women teach cooking and pass on family recipes for local dishes: no matter where or how, all these hotels combine the highest standards of hospitality with the smallest ecological footprint. Bon Voyage gives a privileged insight into the shift towards eco-conscious getaways. Relax, enjoy and make a positive impact!
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This guide is aimed at providing a useful instrument for understanding the architectural history of London as well as a means for analysing the new construction trends that are characteristic of the city. The itineraries include about eighty architectural works, both historical and contemporary, which are fully illustrated with images, drawings and descriptions, and are marked on the front of the map with a reference number corresponding to the section in the book and the icon on the back of the map. The guide also provides information about museums, libraries, institutions, movie theatres, restaurants and gathering places. Among others, the project selection includes works by Allies and Morrison, Arup Associates, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Avery Associates, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, Herzog & De Meuron, James Stirling, Jestico + Whiles, John Mc Aslan + Partners, Stanton Williams, OMA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Richard Rogers Partnership, Stanton Williams Architects, Studio Daniel Libeskind, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Zaha Hadid Architects. AUTHORS: Andrea Nastri, architect and journalist, is involved in research in modern and contemporary architecture and collaborates with Italian and international magazines and publishing houses specialising in this field. Giuliana Vespere, architect, has written articles and essays on contemporary architecture published in specialised books and magazines. SELLING POINTS: A contemporary guide to the architecture of London, the purpose of which is to tell about the city through its architectural works The book's jacket opens out into a map marking the locations of the architectural works and interesting sites to visit Includes general information about London, and useful tips for travellers Each entry includes a photo of the whole building, architectural drawings, a short description, and facts including architect, year of construction, address, website, and how to visit 97 colour, 84 b/w images