Spring has sprung and summer is well on its way, which means only one thing: for team W*, it's off to Italy again, led by our esteemed Editor-in-Chief – and sometime Hotel Wallpaper* night manager – Tony Chambers.
And while every fresh copy of Wallpaper* is a big deal (obviously), this year's Salone del Mobile preview edition – surveying the sprawling design-world showstopper that is the Milanese fair – is our biggest May issue yet.
We'll get to that shortly, though. First, whet your tastebuds by delving into the veggie epicurean predilections of Olafur Eliasson's eponymous studio with a new book by Phaidon (p.072), before exploring Patricia Urquiola's sensually ribbed metalwork collection, produced in collaboration with Georg Jensen (p.75), and getting hung up on Paul Smith and Gufram's technicolour cactus coatstand. (p.079)
From there we're introduced to the the azure expanses of septuagenarian Italian artist Ettore Spalletti's Moscufo studio on p.88. It's beguilingly benign stuff (and only bolstered by the chimerical limited edition subscriber cover Spalletti created for the issue).
We pay tribute to the provocative purveyor of the diagonal line, French architect Claude Parent, on p.095; while on p.104, we visit a Corten compound designed by Chilean architects Emilio Marín and Juan Carlos López, set smack bang in the country's unforgiving Atacama desert.
We traipse around Philipp Mainzer's new distillery for the Black Forest's Monkey 47 gin on p.116, before crossing the Atlantic, to a trio of irresistible summer, winter and urban retreats across two continents for our 'In residence' section (p.135).
Then, it's a hop, skip and 12 hour flight back to Milan – our insightful leap down the designer rabbit hole that is Salone begins on p.147.
Expect bracing industrial light works from André Fu and Czech behemoth Lasvit (p.149); Karakter's resuscitation of dormant Achille Castiglioni shelving designs (p.161); an introduction to Swarovski's new Atelier Swarovski Home brand, which harnesses the creative talents of designers as esteemed as Aldo Bakker, Raw-Edges and Fredrikson Stallard, among others (p.165); and an introduction to the team at the cutting edge of carpentry, led by Giacomo Moor (p.174).
Another totemic lighting collaboration is on show in the form of Robert Wilson and Slamp's 'La Traviata' chandelier, displayed at Hotel Wallpaper* (p.182); friend of Wallpaper* Konstantin Grcic supplies a monochrome makeover of ClassiCon's greatest hits (p.190); and Tom Dixon's long anticipated elemental gastronomic pop-up, developed with Israeli stone-stars Caesarstone, is thrown open at the Rotunda Della Besana (p.197). And breathe...
As if that wasn't enough, there's our Time 2016 horological supplement (featuring new offerings from Hublot, Rolex and Jaime Hayon; fresh picks from from Baswelworld and SIHH; and a guest appearance from none other than Éric Cantona); a Parisian plethora of timeless French recipes from p.268 (themselves complementing our irresistibly evocative 'Salon privé' interiors shoot); and a post-Classical Greek retreat for you to rest your weary eyes on (p.284).
Finally, we bookend this heavyweight edition with a little more grub, Ron Arad serving up a stripped-down chicken tagine with pickled lemon. Don't say we don't treat you well.