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I get Wallpaper*, I like it.
I've not looked at Monocle really, but I do want a Porter Overnight Bag.
As Shunk says: anyone had a read, yet?
Funny this thread.
I guess not long after this I started buying both, but about a year ago ditched Wallpaper* as it was too full of crap, and maybe it's just me getting older but for the last couple of years I've found Monocle covers stuff I'm interested in much more comprehensively.
Business, travel, economics, design and with a real world perspective.
They've also recently started Monocle 24, an online radio station that plays a mix of world music and various shows 24 hours a day. There's a design show, food show, business news, 'The Urbanist' (built environment) etc. and it's actually really well done. It's eclectic enough that I find it really interesting and as you'd expect from Monocle it's really polished.
Nice touch is having three 'breakfast shows' a day, one for Europe (morning), one for the US (afternoon) and one for the far-east (evening).
They've got an iPhone app that allows you to stream/save for offline listening/etc the show, as well as having access to their city guides and an article a day. It's £4.99 but well worth it IMO.
It's interesting to see a magazine taking advantage of 'technology' without resorting to just producing a digital version of a paper magazine.
I know what you mean mate, but I think there are different ways of reading it.
While there's a definite businessy tone to it, I've always thought it quite open minded. There's always a creative angle (often spending a lot of time looking at some artisan chair manufacturer in Austria or a paper mill in Japan) and I enjoy the business news side of things (I spend more of my time reading the Economist than I do Creative Review).
I think it plays to an interesting niche similar to Mr Porter. While there's a lot of the blue double-breasted blazer brigade, it's also fun and contemporary. I quite enjoy the contrast/contradiction.