For our Wallpaper* Architects Directory 2012, we have woven together 20 up-and-coming architects from six continents to create a showcase of emerging global talent. From dashing dachas to svelte suburban structures and elegant lakeside villas, '20 for 2012' offers up the very best in contemporary architectural innovation.
Wallpaper's annual Architects Directory, a highlight of the magazine's July Design Directory issue - and now showcased at London's SWI Gallery - is the ultimate little black book of young architectural stars, bringing new work to global prominence.
To illustrate this year's directory, Peter Crawley, the artist behind the cover for Wallpaper's August 2011 Handmade issue, was commissioned to create 20 beautifully hand-stitched art pieces, each representing one of the works of the different architecture practices.
The show's launch party was a blast. The wine flowed, courtesy of our trusty event partners Wines from Spain and the artwork was elegantly presented in a minimal installation created by designer Robert Storey that allowed visitors not only to admire the pieces but also to examine close up their masterful handiwork at the back of each piece of architectural needlework.
The exhibition is kindly supported by Land Securities, the UK's largest commercial property company. Land Securities successfully developed Cardinal Place in 2006 and is currently proceeding with ambitious plans to transform Victoria into one of London's most desirable districts, with a rich mix of cutting-edge working environments, bold new housing and cultural and commercial facilities.