How to build your own Thomas Heatherwick-designed Friction Cover

How to build your own Thomas Heatherwick-designed Friction Cover

The cover of our 20th anniversary issue is rather special, even if we do say so ourselves…. After all, we don't do 'normal' at Wallpaper*. To mark the momentous occasion we decided to ask one standout game-changer, Thomas Heatherwick, to do something truly outstanding with us. His cover design is a textbook example of the Heatherwick approach: a low-tech but joyous piece of paper engineering to create a simple but total transformation.

As you fold, squash and stretch your Wallpaper* Friction Cover, consider that you’re holding one of the smallest and most intricate projects to come out of the Heatherwick Studio. He thinks it’s a true return to the surprise and delight conjured up by his earliest works back in 1996; we think it represents the intersection of engineering, design and making.

Speaking of making, first you will need to order the kit required to create this kinetic cover by emailing makeyourowncover@wallpaper.com. Once it arrives, return to this page to follow the simple instructions below…

Step 1

Tear off the cover via perforation

Step 2

Cut the removed page into six strips along the dotted lines

Step 3

Place pins through the lengths of card from your Friction Cover kit, as shown

Step 4

Press the pins together from each side firmly, to secure the mechanism

Step 5

Glue the strips of the magazine cover to the mechanism

Step 6

Place the mechanism on the magazine, making sure to leave cover strip no. 1 open

Step 7

Glue the cover strip to the mechanism

Step 8

Slide your Friction Cover to reveal the birthday message...

Now you're all done, why not share a picture of your finished kinetic cover with us? Send us a snap of your Wallpaper* collection (or your most prized edition) using #SubscriberSince and tagging @wallpapermag on Twitter and/or Instagram

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