Sunday 24 April 2022 – The Monocle Minute

The Faster Lane / Tyler Brule

Getting the ball rolling

You might have noticed that most high-profile events that were shelved, paused and packed away over the past two years have all decided that June is the month to make a return. This is when international travel itineraries will be filled and we can ensure that Europe has a season of waiting lists for restaurants, hotel beach clubs and flights between sunny spots along the Med. Milan’s Salone del Mobile gets things under way at the start of June and then it’s Three Days of Design in Copenhagen, followed by Art Basel. Before those – never ones to miss an opportunity – the Monocle crew will kick things off by having you start your summer design and art grand tour in Paris, where we will be hosting the seventh edition of our Quality of Life Conference from Thursday 2 to Saturday 4 June.

Along with our classic themes focusing on building better communities, entrepreneurship, infrastructure and education, Paris also affords us a unique opportunity to discuss retail, the luxury-goods sector, aviation and hospitality in all its forms. A small battalion of Monocle editors and staffers will be on hand to look after you. Along the way there will be guided runs through the city, special gallery and retail tours, and an opportunity to see some of Chanel’s ateliers at Le19M, the backdrop for the core of our conference. Naturally, there’ll be some exceptional wine and outstanding catering on offer, and we’ll be taking over the disco at La Coupole with our special editor of good times and boom-shaking, DJ Pitsch.

On the Sunday after the conference, many of us will head to Milan, where we’ll be establishing a base with USM at Rossignoli in Brera. After that, it’s up to Copenhagen for a tour of the best in Danish and international design. For more on Paris and our conference, please visit us here or see more details below.

Should you not be able to join us in Paris, Milan et al, then we have a few more dates for the diary over the coming weeks.

11 May We’ll be throwing open the doors of our Tokyo bureau for the Asia launch of The Monocle Book of the Nordics. I’ll be on hand with our Tokyo bureau chief, Fiona Wilson, and colleagues to sign copies, clink glasses and celebrate being back in my favorite country. Hurray!

May 21 Our annual Badi Market in Zürich will see us gather great brands and businesses offering up all you need for a season of swimming and sunshine. To set the tone, there’ll also be a little bossa nova session to accompany the tasty bites and rosé.

28 May The Toronto bureau and shop will be hosting a spring preview and sakura party, with a line-up of Japanese treats and drinks. We’ll also have our editors on hand for book scribbles and – all being well at the printers – perhaps the debut of our new title, The Monocle Book of Photography.

1 July. Finally, summer shifts into high gear on the first day of July, with our annual gathering of readers and friends from across Mitteleuropa and beyond at our shop in Merano.

You can find further details and notes about other events (we’re also working on London and Los Angeles at the moment) by keeping an eye on this column. And you can always drop a note to

Get packed. We’ll see you very soon.

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