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Global Design 2012

For Wallpaper’s interiors special (W*157) we are taking you on a guided tour of eight design superpowers across the world. Here, we bring you our pick of the new and standout pieces from each of these global leaders, and give you the resources you need to bring them home. Use your keyboard arrows to navigate.

To create newsstand covers for each territory, we turned to illustrator Noma Bar. Known for playing with positive and negative space (in 2D), his designs for Wallpaper* are, in fact, room sets, painted in a studio and using products from the territories.  Read more about the covers.

 
 We're maxing out on minimalism with Belgium's leading designers 
 'Display Table 02', €350, by Dustdeluxe, for Depot Basel

We're maxing out on minimalism with Belgium's leading designers
'Display Table 02', €350, by Dustdeluxe, for Depot Basel

 
 'Slide' mirror, £151, by Sylvain Willenz, from SCP

'Slide' mirror, £151, by Sylvain Willenz, from SCP

 
 'Penne' bronze stationery holders, £970 for set of three, by Michaël Verheyden

'Penne' bronze stationery holders, £970 for set of three, by Michaël Verheyden

 
 'Ball' table lamp, €248, by Big-Game, for Tamawa

'Ball' table lamp, €248, by Big-Game, for Tamawa

 
 'Ray' light, €1,192, by Sylvain Willenz

'Ray' light, €1,192, by Sylvain Willenz

 
 'Stool' chair, £1,100, by Michaël Verheyden

'Stool' chair, £1,100, by Michaël Verheyden

 
 'Frenzy' rug, £1,426, by Marie Mees and Cathérine Biasino, for Alfred

'Frenzy' rug, £1,426, by Marie Mees and Cathérine Biasino, for Alfred

 
 'LC03' chair, €1,395, by Maarten Van Severen and Fabian Schwaerzler, for Pastoe

'LC03' chair, €1,395, by Maarten Van Severen and Fabian Schwaerzler, for Pastoe

 
 'Overdose' storage, £8,590, by Bram Boo, for Bulo

'Overdose' storage, £8,590, by Bram Boo, for Bulo

 
 'Rack' bookcase, €5,000, by Heerenhuis

'Rack' bookcase, €5,000, by Heerenhuis

 
 'Surface' table, £1,382, by Vincent Van Duysen for B&B Italia

'Surface' table, £1,382, by Vincent Van Duysen for B&B Italia

Resources

Shipping
Belgium Post International
Tel:  32.2 276 2274 (Belgium)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Alfred
Tel: 32.477 294 556 (Belgium)
Bulo
Tel: 32.15 282828 (Belgium)
Depot Basel
Emery & Cie
Tel: 32.2 513 5892 (Belgium)
Heerenhuis
Tel: 32.3 238 6603 (Belgium)
Michaël Verheyden
Tel: 32.495 180 689 (Belgium)
Pastoe
Tel: 31.30 258 5555 (Netherlands)
SCP
Tel: 44.20 7739 1869 (UK)
Sylvain Willenz 
Tel: 32.2 611 2917 (Belgium)
Tamawa
Tel: 32.2 762 0506 (Belgium)
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)
Vincent Van Duysen
Tel: 32.3 205 9190 (Belgium)

 
 Playful and poetic, the best Gallic offerings pass the Wallpaper* test with flying colours 
 'Les Briques' storage boxes, £23 each, by FX Balléry, for Y'a Pas Le Feu Au Lac

Playful and poetic, the best Gallic offerings pass the Wallpaper* test with flying colours
'Les Briques' storage boxes, £23 each, by FX Balléry, for Y'a Pas Le Feu Au Lac

 
 'O' water jug, €85, by Laurence Brabant Editions

'O' water jug, €85, by Laurence Brabant Editions

 
 'Air à boire' glasses, from €48 each, all by Laurence Brabant Editions

'Air à boire' glasses, from €48 each, all by Laurence Brabant Editions

 
 Tea pot and coffee jug, prototypes, by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez

Tea pot and coffee jug, prototypes, by Jean-Baptiste Fastrez

 
 'Well of Life' light, price on request, by Arik Levy, for Ldesign

'Well of Life' light, price on request, by Arik Levy, for Ldesign

 
 'Surfaces' low table, £354, by Normal Studio, for Tolix

'Surfaces' low table, £354, by Normal Studio, for Tolix

 
 'Simplissimo' chair, £1,132, by Jean Nouvel, for Ligne Roset

'Simplissimo' chair, £1,132, by Jean Nouvel, for Ligne Roset

 
 'Rhomboid' pendant lamp, €695, by Sebastian Bergne, for Forestier

'Rhomboid' pendant lamp, €695, by Sebastian Bergne, for Forestier

 
 'Le Tréteau' trestle, €340, by Bénédicte de Lescure, for La Corbeille

'Le Tréteau' trestle, €340, by Bénédicte de Lescure, for La Corbeille

 
 'Rétroviseur Domestique' mirror, price on request, by Ionna Vautrin, for Miniforms

'Rétroviseur Domestique' mirror, price on request, by Ionna Vautrin, for Miniforms

 
 'Bow' shelf, £3,740, by Caroline Ziegler, for Coming Soon Galerie

'Bow' shelf, £3,740, by Caroline Ziegler, for Coming Soon Galerie

 
 'Hexagone' rug, €3,400, by Atypyk, for Chevalier Editio

'Hexagone' rug, €3,400, by Atypyk, for Chevalier Editio

Resources

Shipping
La Poste
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Chevalier Edition
Tel: 33.1 43 07 87 44 (France)
Coming Soon Galerie
Tel: 33.1 40 28 91 52 (France)
Farrow & Ball
Tel: 44.1202 876141 (UK) 
Forestier 
Tel: 33.1 40 36 13 10 (France)
Jean-Baptiste Fastrez
La Corbeille
Tel: 33.1 48 32 60 64 (France)
Laurence Brabant Editions
Tel: 33.1 48 68 38 58 (France)
L Design
Tel: 33.1 44 78 61 61 (France)
Ligne Roset
Miniforms
Tel: 39.04 2161 8255 (Italy)
Tolix
Tel: 33.3 85 86 96 70 (France)
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)
Y'a Pas Le Feu Au Lac
Tel: 33.3 84 85 60 97 (France)

 
 The recipe for the perfect kitchen: mix a handful of pared-down designs with a smattering of well-crafted accessories 
 'Everything But Old Fashioned’ bread bin, prototype, by Nina Thöming

The recipe for the perfect kitchen: mix a handful of pared-down designs with a smattering of well-crafted accessories
'Everything But Old Fashioned’ bread bin, prototype, by Nina Thöming

 
 'P-Drei’ bin, €370, by Böwer

'P-Drei’ bin, €370, by Böwer

 
 Shelves, €105 each, by Tatjana Reimann, for Kolor

Shelves, €105 each, by Tatjana Reimann, for Kolor

 
 'Subito’ pressure cooker, €204 for 3-litre size, by Konstantin Grcic, for Serafino Zani

'Subito’ pressure cooker, €204 for 3-litre size, by Konstantin Grcic, for Serafino Zani

 
 Storage jars, €59 for set of five, by Frackenpohl Poulheim, for Utensil, post@utensil-shop.de

Storage jars, €59 for set of five, by Frackenpohl Poulheim, for Utensil, post@utensil-shop.de

 
 'Beaters’ whisk, €14, by Ding 3000, for Normann Copenhagen

'Beaters’ whisk, €14, by Ding 3000, for Normann Copenhagen

 
 'ABC’ plates, small, €60; large, €80, both by Frank Arndt, for JaguarPop

'ABC’ plates, small, €60; large, €80, both by Frank Arndt, for JaguarPop

 
 'Still Life’ chopping board, €79, by Hrafnkell Birgisson, for Utensil, post@utensil-shop.de

'Still Life’ chopping board, €79, by Hrafnkell Birgisson, for Utensil, post@utensil-shop.de

 
 ‘Tauber’ cabinet, €1,490; bench, €895, both by Sebastian Herkner, for Pulpo

‘Tauber’ cabinet, €1,490; bench, €895, both by Sebastian Herkner, for Pulpo

 
 'Herrenberger' stool, €250, by Atelier Haussmann 
 
  

'Herrenberger' stool, €250, by Atelier Haussmann

 

Resources

Shipping
Deutsche Post
Tel:  49.180 20 3333 (Germany)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Atelier Haussmann
Tel: 49.30 612 80610 (Germany)
Böwer
Tel: 49.54 659 2920 (Germany)
JaguarPop
Tel: 49.152 540 80060 (Germany)
Kolor
Tel: 49.30 231 80146 (Germany)
Normann Copenhagen
Tel: 45.35 554 459 (Denmark)
Nina Thöming
n.thoeming@web.de
Pulpo
Tel: 49.7621 168 0103 (Germany)
Serafino Zani
Tel: 39.03 087 1861 (Italy)

 
 Craftsmanship and experience shine through in our pick of Italian design 
 'Riflesso 513' sideboard, £4,110, by Charlotte Perriand, from Cassina

Craftsmanship and experience shine through in our pick of Italian design
'Riflesso 513' sideboard, £4,110, by Charlotte Perriand, from Cassina

 
 'Pippo' graters, €48 each, by Liviana Osti, for Paola C

'Pippo' graters, €48 each, by Liviana Osti, for Paola C

 
 'Alpha Beta Gamma' marble blocks, €1,900 for set of 13 blocks, by Emanuele Pizzolorusso, for Marmi e Graniti d'Italia

'Alpha Beta Gamma' marble blocks, €1,900 for set of 13 blocks, by Emanuele Pizzolorusso, for Marmi e Graniti d'Italia

 
 'Nodo' candleholders, prototype, by Carbu, for Zaven

'Nodo' candleholders, prototype, by Carbu, for Zaven

 
 'Smith' side table, €800, by Vanzo Ferro Battuto, for Zaven

'Smith' side table, €800, by Vanzo Ferro Battuto, for Zaven

 
 'Kaleidolight' light, price on request, by Dodo Arslan, for Axo Light

'Kaleidolight' light, price on request, by Dodo Arslan, for Axo Light

 
 'La Linea Beta' light, £345, by Ron Gilad, for Flos

'La Linea Beta' light, £345, by Ron Gilad, for Flos

 
 'N1' tap ceiling lamp, €2,176, by Ceccotti Collezioni

'N1' tap ceiling lamp, €2,176, by Ceccotti Collezioni

 
 'Bridgestone' chair, €4,499, by Shiro Kuramata, for Living Divani

'Bridgestone' chair, €4,499, by Shiro Kuramata, for Living Divani

 
 'Rome' low marble table, £1,804, by Jasper Morrison, for Marsotto Edizioni, from Twentytwentyone

'Rome' low marble table, £1,804, by Jasper Morrison, for Marsotto Edizioni, from Twentytwentyone

 
 'Patio' rug, €1,750, by Liliana Ovalle, for Nodus

'Patio' rug, €1,750, by Liliana Ovalle, for Nodus

 
 'Konrad' chair, €325, by Anderssen & Voll, for Lapalma

'Konrad' chair, €325, by Anderssen & Voll, for Lapalma

 
 'Lightpiece' sofa, €4,239, by Antonio Citterio, for Flexform

'Lightpiece' sofa, €4,239, by Antonio Citterio, for Flexform

Resources

Shipping
Bartolini
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Alessi
Axo Light
Tel: 39.041 584 5193 (Italy)
Cassina
Ceccotti Collezioni
Tel: 39.05 701 955 (Italy)
Flexform
Tel: 39.03 623 991 (Italy)
Flos
Farrow & Ball
Tel: 44.1202 876141 (UK)
Lapalma
Tel: 39.049 702 788 (Italy)
Living Divani
Tel: 39.031 630954 (Italy)
Marmi e Graniti d'Italia
Tel: 39.05 8583 1921 (Italy)
Nodus
Tel: 39.02 7602 1515 (Italy)
Paola C
Tel: 39.02 862 409 (Italy)
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)
Twentytwentyone
Tel: 44.20 7837 1900 (UK)
Zaven
Tel: 39.04 1922 007 (Italy)

 
 Cast-iron designs from the country's heavyweight blacksmiths 
 Candleholder, ¥3,150 ($40), from Analogue Life

Cast-iron designs from the country's heavyweight blacksmiths
Candleholder, ¥3,150 ($40), from Analogue Life

 
 'Tetu' teapot, ¥21,000 ($273), from Design Shop

'Tetu' teapot, ¥21,000 ($273), from Design Shop

 
 Bottle opener, £15, from Objects for Use

Bottle opener, £15, from Objects for Use

 
 Bottle opener, ¥3,500 ($45), from Analogue Life

Bottle opener, ¥3,500 ($45), from Analogue Life

 
 'Temari' plate, ¥15,000 ($195), by Simplicity, from Analogue Life

'Temari' plate, ¥15,000 ($195), by Simplicity, from Analogue Life

 
 Tape dispenser, ¥15,000 ($195)

Tape dispenser, ¥15,000 ($195)

 
 ‘Horn’ bookends, ¥11,000 ($143), from Analogue Life

‘Horn’ bookends, ¥11,000 ($143), from Analogue Life

 
 Seal ink box, ¥10,000 ($130), from Analogue Life

Seal ink box, ¥10,000 ($130), from Analogue Life

 
 Rice ball pan, ¥2,940 ($38), from Design Shop

Rice ball pan, ¥2,940 ($38), from Design Shop

 
 Egg pan, ¥3,465 ($45), from Design Shop

Egg pan, ¥3,465 ($45), from Design Shop

 
 'Mitsuwa' trivet, ¥1,800 ($23), from Tokyo Toshi

'Mitsuwa' trivet, ¥1,800 ($23), from Tokyo Toshi

 
 Fish paperweight, both ¥2,500 ($32), from Tokyo Toshi

Fish paperweight, both ¥2,500 ($32), from Tokyo Toshi

 
 Pot Stand (M), ¥2,500 ($31), from Tokyo Toshi

Pot Stand (M), ¥2,500 ($31), from Tokyo Toshi

 
 'Sasafune' incense tray, ¥2,300 ($30), from Tokyo Toshi

'Sasafune' incense tray, ¥2,300 ($30), from Tokyo Toshi

 
 Micro capsule Dutch oven, €60, by Snow Peak

Micro capsule Dutch oven, €60, by Snow Peak

Resources

Shipping
Nippon Express
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Analogue Life
Design Shop
Objects for Use
Tel: 44.7506 876957 (UK)
Snow Peak
Tokyo Toshi
Tel: 81.3 6666 3315 (Japan)

 

 

 
 The finest furnishings from Norway's bright young things 
 'W1' reading lamp, NOK1,500 (€196), by Nicolai Gulliksen, for Strek

The finest furnishings from Norway's bright young things
'W1' reading lamp, NOK1,500 (€196), by Nicolai Gulliksen, for Strek

 
 'Troll' vases, prices on request

'Troll' vases, prices on request

 
 'Bowling' bowls, prices on request, by Andressen & Voll, Petter Skogstad and Hallgeir Homstvedt

'Bowling' bowls, prices on request, by Andressen & Voll, Petter Skogstad and Hallgeir Homstvedt

 
 'Allas' candleholder, £59, by Andreas Engesvik, for Iittala, from Skandium

'Allas' candleholder, £59, by Andreas Engesvik, for Iittala, from Skandium

 
 'Glow' wall clock, €25, by Hallgeir Homstvedt, for Lexon

'Glow' wall clock, €25, by Hallgeir Homstvedt, for Lexon

 
 'Twin' table, £410, by Anderssen & Voll

'Twin' table, £410, by Anderssen & Voll

 
 'Steel' standing mirror, NOK9,900 (€1,294), by Angell Wyller Aarseth

'Steel' standing mirror, NOK9,900 (€1,294), by Angell Wyller Aarseth

 
 'Keel' coffee table, £1,600, by Oscar Narud, from Phillips de Pury

'Keel' coffee table, £1,600, by Oscar Narud, from Phillips de Pury

 
 'Bug' chair, price on request, by Kim Thome

'Bug' chair, price on request, by Kim Thome

 
 'Bug' chair, price on request, by Kim Thome

'Bug' chair, price on request, by Kim Thome

 
 'Totem' coat stand, £650, by Oscar Narud

'Totem' coat stand, £650, by Oscar Narud

Resources

Shipping
Bring Norway
Tel:  47. 2314 9000 (Norway)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Anderssen & Voll
Tel: 47.928 33008 (Norway)
Angell Wyller Aarseth
Tel: 47.93 051267 (Norway)
Farrow & Ball
Tel: 44.1202 876141 (UK)
Hallgeir Homstvedt
Tel: 47.41 772194 (Norway)
Kim Thome
Tel: 44.7709 573763 (UK)
Lexon
Tel: 33.1 41 10 20 00 (France)
Oscar Narud
Tel: 44.7909 507561 (UK)
Petter Skogstad
Phillips de Pury
Tel: 44.20 7318 4010 (UK)
Skandium
Tel: 44.20 7584 2066 (UK)
Strek
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)

 

 
 Beautifully crafted, whimsical pieces from Spain 
 'Reused History' jar, €112; 'Reused History' glasses, €54; and wine glasses, €54, all by Tomas Kral, for PCM

Beautifully crafted, whimsical pieces from Spain
'Reused History' jar, €112; 'Reused History' glasses, €54; and wine glasses, €54, all by Tomas Kral, for PCM

 
 'Atempo Canesto' basket, €245, by Miguel Ángel Ciganda, for Delica

'Atempo Canesto' basket, €245, by Miguel Ángel Ciganda, for Delica

 
 'Mamut' bowls, €39 each, by Omelette-ed

'Mamut' bowls, €39 each, by Omelette-ed

 
 Low side table, £633, from Santa & Cole

Low side table, £633, from Santa & Cole

 
 'Pauli' coat hanger, €158, by Nachacht, for Sancal 

'Pauli' coat hanger, €158, by Nachacht, for Sancal 

 
 'Mist' minibar, €1,590, by CuldeSac, for Puntmobles

'Mist' minibar, €1,590, by CuldeSac, for Puntmobles

 
 'Soba' chair, €452, by Dunja Weber, for PCM

'Soba' chair, €452, by Dunja Weber, for PCM

 
 'Scantling P73' floor light, €670, by Mathias Hahn, for Marset

'Scantling P73' floor light, €670, by Mathias Hahn, for Marset

 
 'Flat' rocking chair, £750, by Mario Ruiz, for Gandia Blasco

'Flat' rocking chair, £750, by Mario Ruiz, for Gandia Blasco

 
 'Lorea' fruit basket, €49, by ZooCreative, for Delica

'Lorea' fruit basket, €49, by ZooCreative, for Delica

 
 'Jigsaw' mirror, £1,650, by Eduard Samso for BD Barcelona, from Mint 

'Jigsaw' mirror, £1,650, by Eduard Samso for BD Barcelona, from Mint 

Resources

Shipping
Correos
Tel:  34.902 197 197 (Spain)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
CuldeSac
Tel: 34.963 284 761 (Spain)
Delica
Tel: 34.948 630 225 (Spain)
Farrow & Ball
Tel: 44.1202 876141 (UK)
Gandia Blasco
Tel: 34.96 291 1320 (Spain)
Marset
Tel: 34.934 602 067 (Spain)
Mint
Tel: 44.20 7225 2228 (UK)
MSB
Tel: 34.675 255 421 (Spain)
Omelette-ed
Tel: 34.963 281 125 (Spain)
PCM
Tel: 34.91 364 1449 (Spain)
Sancal
Tel: 34.968 718 074 (Spain)
Santa & Cole
Tel: 34.938 619 100 (Spain)
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)

 
 Desk furniture and accessories for the country's craftier designers 
 'Stars Above' desk lamp, $575, by Objeti

Desk furniture and accessories for the country's craftier designers
'Stars Above' desk lamp, $575, by Objeti

 
 'Bias' clock, $96, by Rich, Brilliant, Willing, for Areaware

'Bias' clock, $96, by Rich, Brilliant, Willing, for Areaware

 
 ‘Cubes Perpetual' calendar, $15, from MoMA Store

‘Cubes Perpetual' calendar, $15, from MoMA Store

 
 'Merit Badge' necklace, $85, both by Fort Standard

'Merit Badge' necklace, $85, both by Fort Standard

 
 Greetings cards, $5 each, by Gold Teeth Brooklyn

Greetings cards, $5 each, by Gold Teeth Brooklyn

 
 Magnets, $65 for set of five

Magnets, $65 for set of five

 
 Tool set, $95, by Jonas Damon, for Areaware

Tool set, $95, by Jonas Damon, for Areaware

 
 'Rhombins', $39, by Pfeiffer Lab, for AMAC, from The Utility Collective

'Rhombins', $39, by Pfeiffer Lab, for AMAC, from The Utility Collective

 
 'Stacks' speakers, prototype, by Dino Sanchez

'Stacks' speakers, prototype, by Dino Sanchez

 
 'Memo Rise' frame, $450, by Faux/Real

'Memo Rise' frame, $450, by Faux/Real

Resources

Shipping
UPS
Tel: 1.800 742 5877 (US)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Areaware
Tel: 1.614 469 0600 (US)
Dino Sanchez
Faux/Real
Fort Standard
Gold Teeth Brooklyn
Tel: 1.305 793 8140 (US)
Madeline Weinrib
Tel: 1.212 473 3000 (US)
MoMA Store
Tel: 1.800 851 4509 (US)
Objeti
Tel: 1.440 991 6079 (US)
The Utility Collective
Workstead
Tel: 1.347 763 2839 (US)

Resources

Shipping
Belgium Post International
Tel:  32.2 276 2274 (Belgium)
Duty calculator
www.dutycalculator.com
Stockists
Alfred
Tel: 32.477 294 556 (Belgium)
Bulo
Tel: 32.15 282828 (Belgium)
Depot Basel
Emery & Cie
Tel: 32.2 513 5892 (Belgium)
Heerenhuis
Tel: 32.3 238 6603 (Belgium)
Michaël Verheyden
Tel: 32.495 180 689 (Belgium)
Pastoe
Tel: 31.30 258 5555 (Netherlands)
SCP
Tel: 44.20 7739 1869 (UK)
Sylvain Willenz 
Tel: 32.2 611 2917 (Belgium)
Tamawa
Tel: 32.2 762 0506 (Belgium)
Tom Haga
Tel: 47.928 72 565 (Norway)
Vincent Van Duysen
Tel: 32.3 205 9190 (Belgium)

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We're maxing out on minimalism with Belgium's leading designers
'Display Table 02', €350, by Dustdeluxe, for Depot Basel

Photography: Oskar Gyllenswärd