In the Claudio Silvestrin & Giuliana Salmaso designed basement of la Rinascente, Milan’s one and only Grande Magazzino or department store, Wallpaper* has set up shop. Invited by Rinascente’s boss Vittorio Radice (the man who turned Selfridges around and is currently three years into orchestrating Rinascente’s own renaissance) to ‘curate’ our own corner, we jumped at the chance and the resulting retail space is now open for business.
Sniffing out the best new brands and their products is our hobby already - as well as hitting the world’s best fairs, the Wallpaper* team and the magazine’s foreign legion of international correspondents, also take in degree shows, visit design studios and go the extra mile and beyond to uncover the new, exceptional and directional in the world of design - putting us in the the perfect position to come up with the goods.
As Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers says himself, ‘Scouring the globe to discover the best new designers, brands and products is what Wallpaper* does best, so a retail venture like this is the natural next step. Wallspace* brings the intelligence and trained eye of the magazine direct to the consumer’.
As such, from this month Wallspace* opens with an edit of domestic design, which will include Japanese electronics from Naoto Fukasawa’s Plus Minus Zero brand; Alexa Lixfeld’s porcelain ‘Ricebowls’ from Germany; Hasan Demir Obuz’s ‘Sade’ glasses by Ilio from Turkey; D.lab’s ‘Pencil Block’ from Singapore’s Design Incubation Centre; Konstantin Grcic’s ‘Accento’ cutlery for Serafino Zani; and Singgih Susilo Kartono’s handmade ‘Wooden Radio’ for Magno in Java (to name but a few).