The Fast Lane: The high price of low-cost

Inside the check-in area, at a part of the airport I had never been to, it was borderline chaotic

The Fast Lane: how to make an entrance

With 17 people voicing their design fantasies, everyone thinks a new lobby is a top priority

The Fast Lane: Where the hell are we?

The confectionery and T-shirt bins are now covered in what were once possible purchases

The Fast Lane: Fly high but stay grounded

Our leading economies fail to develop as much respect for a builder as there is for a lawyer

The Fast Lane: a Swedish road trip

Older Swedes are happy to go naked but younger ones are more prudish and prefer to cover up

The Fast Lane: In the heat of the city

Imagine a sparkling Thames or East River with floating swimming platforms. Why not?

The Fast Lane: Let’s make our own sanctions bite

What if a group of hotel owners decided to cancel reservations from Russian guests?

The Fast Lane: Closed for the summer holidays

From Bristol to Vienna, there is a hardworking ‘middle band’ that keeps Europe ticking over

The Fast Lane: A bad nose for business

Monocle’s editor-in-chief answers some of the frequently asked questions by the readers

The Fast Lane: Let’s save a masterpiece

The Okura, in Tokyo, the last great 1960s original in that city . . . is to be ripped down

The Fast Lane: Blueprint for perfection

Perhaps your perfect hotel is dainty, with familiar faces who greet you by name on arrival

The Fast Lane: Print takes flight

Do they really, really, think that all people want are luxury bags, sunglasses and whisky?

All back to my place

I tried to think of the last time a hotel had encouraged me to invite people back for a party

Sailing into the unknown

I confess I’ve long been both fascinated and horrified by the idea of going on a cruise

My tips to boost Japan

The country should bin the hokey tourism campaigns and offer the world a more modern view

Praise for a proper country

Consider the benefits of being recognised as a nation that does things properly

A Kyoto protocol for perfection

‘Few hotels master the business of offering a pleasant environment and excellent service’

Room for improvement

‘Guests aren’t looking for an “interesting” hotel experience – just good service and smart design’

That’s the way to do it

‘You don’t need much more than sun and some good tunes to shake away the cobwebs’

A lesson in Japanese

‘It was hard not to envy social codes that keep the private and public distinct and separate’

ABOUT TYLER

Tyler BrûléTyler Brûlé writes the weekly Fast Lane column for the FT Weekend Life and Arts section.

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