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A few weeks ago my desk neighbour at work shoved an issue of ‘Monocle’ Magazine at me. I recognized the cover but that was about it. It can at first glance seem a bit stuffy possibly even pretentious, but after you get into it, it’s really good! It’s a magazine about “Affairs, Business, Culture, Design and Edit”.
Okay, sure sounds a bit more poncy than my typical reads, but I think that is why I’m so amazed, because the design of it and little touches makes it accessible to me somehow. This started me off on a bit of Monocle exploration, and not only is the magazine full of gorgeous tasteful typography, but their logo is elegant, their shop is adorable and their products lovingly hand selected(if not hand produced and collaborated). And if that wasn’t enough they have a bike out in front of their shop-the fail proof method for getting me on board to anything.
Their shop is in the “village” of Marylebone, fifteen minutes walk from our house, and also on my bike path home from work. It is one of my favorite areas in Central London because it has some fantastic design shops and cafes and despite being smack dab in the middle of town, it doesn’t feel like it. When I ride my bike home from work through the area at 7:30 at night it has a buzz that isnt suffocating like a city hotspot…more like a really cool town all to it’s own. The Monocle shop was just closing last time I rode through, but I did some window shopping and am thinking about getting this poster
. I love the illustrations (which also feature on the Monocle website) and just the general feeling of what it’s all about. I’d like 50 ways to happiness please!
Note: I just found out the yellow shop front illustration is from the talented illustrators at Lab Partners