Nov 2015

The 200th issue

With celebratory die-cut covers by Philippe Apeloig


We thought it only fair to throw open the doors to the W* House and share with you how we’d fit out our dream digs. From consoles to cupboards, beds to bookcases, the W* House features our favourite pieces of design from across the globe, room by room. When it comes to sharing our finds, we wanted to keep things simple, letting you furnish your house with the click of a mouse, the Wallpaper* way. 

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Table Lamp

Jonas Lindvall / Wästberg

This solid copper table lamp is the result of a collaboration between Swedish design house, Wästberg, and architect and designer, Jonas Lindvall. Hand brushed and matte lacquered for a distinctly smooth surface with an underlying texture, the modern design takes inspiration from its predecessors – the oil lamp, kerosene lamp and candlesticks – to create a very simple and sleek structure that directs light downwards while creating, a warm environment throughout the room.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*


Inga Sempé / Alessi
From £6

In 2012, French designer Inga Sempé contributed a single 'Risotto' serving spoon to Alessi’s ever-expanding collection of household and kitchen items. Three years later, the IS01 has branched out into a full collection of cutlery, featuring its originator’s slender neck-like stem and softly rounded shapes. With its bold forms and asymmetrical details, the set includes specific cutlery dedicated to fish or desserts, various serving utensils, ladles and a full collection of 8 spoons that offer different size interpretations of the original IS01. Made of mirror-polished stainless steel, the set combines a sophisticated shape with a slightly humorous design tone resonating throughout the collection.

Vase Trio

Scandola Marmi

Since 1964, Scandola Marmi has been producing exquisite marble creations that nonchalantly range from small design objects to large-scale, intricately detailed floors coverings. Their exquisite marble creations for house and home boast simple, authentic shapes underpinned by meticulous hand-finished processes. These small black marble vases feature a warm, mottled exterior and lightly textured interiors, and come in alone or in a triple formation. Their minimal shape allows them to seamlessly blend into any interiors as flowerpots or holders of small and larger objects.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*


Roberto Lazzeroni / Flexform
Price on request

Italian designer Roberto Lazzeroni’s latest contribution to Flexform’s ever-expanding portfolio is the Icaro series, featuring a table, ottoman, bench, mirror and bed. In this small but exquisitely formed collection, one must admit that the bed is king, exemplifying the elegant simplicity Lazzeroni does well. Without reinventing the wheel, Lazzeroni approached the often-overlooked piece of furniture with an open mind, creating it out of wood and upholstered leather, with an oversized tall back and subtle decorative elements in wood. The result is an interesting composition that can appear delicate and light but with a strong presence in any room.

Lyyli box series

Katriina Nuutinen
From €239

Finnish designer Katriina Nuutinen has taken the illustrious Finnish glassmaking tradition and given it her own contemporary design interpretation. Her work is inspired by the interplay between glass and light, and the material is combined with ceramics, wood and leather, producing exquisite combinations each time. In her work, Nuutinen has especially mastered the art of making boxes, vessels and containers, featuring simple shapes and subtle colours. Her 'Lyyli' series of small boxes are imagined to store small, precious objects, inside what the designer affectionately calls ‘sweethearts with humorous character’.



A fully German design, the 'Bolsa' lantern takes basic materials and moulds them into a rustic yet contemporary light. The piece is a collaboration between Hanna Litwin and Romin Heide of Berlin based-studio Famos, and Nuremberg-based glassmaker Cornelius Réer. Famos have shaped the wire metal hand-held stand while the upside-down bulb shelter has been blown by Réer to form a delicately minimalist home for different sized candles.



After studying Industrial Design together at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Sara Ebert and Jason Pfaeffle came together to make Cofield studio. They have since been creating small graphic household pieces and jewellery with experimental materials. Last year the duo introduced their abstract Patina clock collection in two-toned oxidised copper and brass. For 2015 they have gone one step further and just released a more intensely corroded colour for the geometric clock. A combination of green and blue come together in the ruined bronze plate which is mounted on hardwood to be hung on the wall. The Patina is also available in desktop version and the studio is set to release bottle openers in the same oxidised stain.


Pool / Petite Friture

French design collective Petite Friture have collaborated with Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer of Pool design studio to create 'Grid' - an assortment of modular shapes. The walnut semi-circular tablet, cylinder leather cushions and square cotton cushions are all multifunctional and moveable on the wooden and steel base. A geometric puzzle which also plays with colour in subtle greys and warmer tones, 'Grid' exists as a daybed, sofa and coffee table.


JinSik Kim
Price on request

This geometric project builds on the Korean designer's work for Christofle, that bought together marble and silver to form his sleek Clivage fruit bowls. Here, the ECAL graduate replaces the silver with mirrored stainless steel to produce a table/stool in high and low versions. The polished stainless steel half of each piece is industrially made, while the other half – the marble section – is handcrafted. Up next is a ‘HalfHalf’ console and low table, created in the same materials. Photography: Nils Clauss


Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni / FontanaArte
Price on request

Manufactured by Italian lighting experts Fontana Arte, the Parola light is craftsmanship at its finest. The original 1980 classic by Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni has now been re-imagined in LED. Its spherical form is neatly made from three different types of glass – hand-blow opaline for the shade, natural glass for the stem and beveled crystal for the base, all seamlessly attached for a clean finish. The sleek model is adjustable, sitting effortlessly either on the floor or attached to the wall.


A. Jacob Marks / Skram

Launched at New York's ICFF fair this year, the Altai console table – a piece taken from the wider Altai range – is produced by Skram furniture, based in North Carolina. The collection is made up of tables and sofas, all recognisable by their unique steel and timber legs that are separately attached to the pieces. The simplistic form is available in dark and light woods with the natural blemishes that make all of Skram's crafted hand-made products so idiosyncratically attractive.


Arte Veneziana / Rivalto Home
Price on request

Experts in glass and mirrors, Venetian manufacturers Arte Veneziana have recently established Rivalto Home - a new research brand which launched in Salone del Mobile this year. Taking their traditional and specialist hand in creating quality glass pieces, they have concieved this geometrical mirror and valet stand. Made from a mix of marble, polished brass and gloss black lacquer, the piece adopts multiple angles with the hexagonal mirror, golden stands and rectangular marble base.

Cuna Bath

Patricia Urquiola / Agape
Price on request

Spanish and Italian influences collide here with Patricia Urquiola's playful framework and enticing curves meeting Agape's refined materials and wellness expertise. The Cuna is made up of two parts, its exterior tubular steel structure stands out against tonal grey of the bathtub itself. A strong freestanding structure, the frame is also available in a warmer copper steel and classic white tub.


Gabriele and Oscar Buratti / Alias
Price on request

Ever since the birth of their 'Spaghetti' chair back in 1979, creating shapely forms has been in the DNA of Italian brand Alias. The 'Saen' dining table, by designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, also follows this brand aesthetic. Available in both square and round top iterations, the free flowing table stands along on a solid circular concrete leg, leading up to the contrasting thin and refined natural oak surface.

Rounded Metal Planters

Brook & Lyn
Small planter $1,150

Brook & Lyn founded in 2009 and has travelled from East forming in New York and moved West Coast, settling their studio in LA. Since experiencing the Californian dessert lifestyle, the husband-wife duo have set to create cosy homes for the robust plants that live in the hot and harsh conditions. They have produced these handmade curvaceous metal planters taking inspiration from the shape of succulents of the desert. In contrast to cacti and other sharp plants, the cylinders are smooth, shiny and slightly feminine in pastel hues such as, pale grey and subtle beige; they are also available in an assortment of sizes.


Constance Guisset / La Redoute

French designer Constance Guisset shows her design flexibility with the 'Flamingo' desk, which is a world away from her more colourful works (the pigmented 'Francis' mirror previously won Guisset a Wallpaper* design award.) This sculpted desk is multifunctional and can exist anywhere in the household. The simple matte grey metal framework and veneer oak top is accessorised with matching document holders and a removable drawer compartment that can transform the structure from study hub to minimalist vanity table.

Matchbox Cover

By Lassen
Cover from £14

Keeping in line with the refined simplicity of the 1962-designed Kubus candle, By Lassen maintains its form for elegant aesthetic minimalism with a new line of matchbox covers. The Copenhagen-based brand has given the humble object a more ornamental, decorative face by covering their rough paper structures. The elegant little piece exists in three forms – powder-coated black and white, and a brass-plated iteration – which slide carefully over the box. In addition, the brand has also revealed a set of purposefully decorative matchboxes, printed with original geometric designs created by Mogens and Flemming Lassen.

'Ora' mirror

Zoe Mowat

Montreal-based Quebequienne designer Zoe Mowat just presented her Ora Mirror series, giving a bi-dimensional shape to her colour-rich designs. The designer’s first experiment with a flat surface features all the elements usually recurring in her work, from a brave use of colour and material to her penchant for asymmetric compositions. The mirrors’ round shape is framed by a subtle coloured edge, with further curved details made of mismatched pieces of brass, marble and stained wood, giving the mirror a light, floating appearance.


Ricardo Casas

Mexican architect Ricardo Casas has been working on a mix of structural, interiors and furniture projects since launching his studio in Mexico City in 2009. His Oja chair is a sophisticated take on the standard office chair, enriched with elegant materials and a minimalist shape. A combination of ergonomic leather seat, sinuous wooden structure and adjustable steel elements make the Oja a graceful seating compromise for the office space.


Martin Mestmacher / GObyMM

Designer Martin Mestmacher launched GObyMM with long-term business partner Bodo Niklas in 2014. Their pieces are sophisticated compositions that focus on shape research as the basis for furniture pieces and updated lifestyle objects. The COM:POS:ITION 2.2 is a large-scale wardrobe accessory which functions as a clothes rack, mirror and holder of small objects. The black powder coated steel frame holds a simple round mirror and a drawer made of oak timber, each element arranged in asymmetry with the other and with the structure. 'The single components are individual, different and asymmetric but all together considered in balance,' says the designer, who created the piece in a series of three different compositions.

'Plinto' table

Andrea Parisio / Meridiani
Price on request

Andrea Parisio’s table for Italian furniture maker Meridiani is a sophisticated celebration of sculptural lines and colour compositions. Its asymmetrical structure gives it a dynamic look and contributes to a design that mixes a modern language with traditional materials and construction. The sculptural bronzed brass frame is combined with the lacquered terracotta top, with a horizontal support in the same material offering a stronger base to the large top. 'Plinto' is part of a larger collection that subtly redefines the classic table shape and features a variety of woods and marbles combined with metal and colour.

'Maritime Boomerang' bench

Very Good and Proper
From £4450

Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum in London’s Greenwich, the team at Very Good and Proper didn’t just look at classic nautical references. Their Boomerang Bench takes cues from surf, with a shape referencing the flat boards and materials inspired by the kneels of small boats. Available in Oak or Walnut, the bench is elegant yet solid, and a brilliant direction for museum furniture.

'Flai' bed

Kaschkasch / Müller Möbelwerkstätten
From €699

German studio Kaschkasch comprises designers Florian Kallus and Sebastian Schneider. They have previously created products for companies such as Living Divani and Menu, after drawing attention at furniture fairs with their cool, effortless aesthetic. Designing everything from tables and shelving to lighting and coatracks, 'Flai' is their inaugural bed model, produced for manufacturers Müller Möbelwerkstätten. The minimalist piece's clean lines and harmonious style contribute to its floating appearance. A basic laminated plywood frame has five available add-ons, including a bedside table and trays made from bended metal sheets.

'Cucina Futurista' chair

On request

Viennese design duo Maciej Chmara and Ania Rosinke have once again drawn upon their interest with design for food when mastering their latest piece. The 'Cucina Futurista' chair has been created in conjunction with the upcoming culinary design exhibition at the Museum of Applied arts during Vienna Design week this autumn. Inspired by the modernist Thonet chairs that the couple used to collect as students, they have taken to steel as their material of choice for this shapely piece. Made from a singular moulded piece to create four legs in triangular angles, the simplistic yet playful structure is attached to two contrasting wooden circles for the backrest and seat. Currently produced in black and red, there are plans for more colourful options in the pipeline.


Tomás Alonso / Cos X Hay
Price on request

Danish design company Hay and Swedish clothing label Cos have joined forces to present a capsule collection of tables that incorporates the two brands’ aesthetics while providing a fresh outlook on their design approach. The two Scandinavian companies have been partners for a few years, with Hay furniture dressing Cos’ stores globally. For the first time this month, pieces from Hay’s collection will also be available to purchase from some of the fashion brand’s stores. The new collection was developed in collaboration with London-based designer Tomás Alonso, featuring the minimal style of the two companies infused with the designer’s ability in working with shapes and subtle touches of colour.

'DAO' chair

Shin Azumi / CoEdition
Price on request

Since its launch in 2014, French editeur CoEdition has presented an extremely well-curated series of furniture pieces. Working with the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni and Michael Anastassiades on modern pieces, the company has established a style of essential lines and beautifully made furniture. Fresh from this year’s Salone del Mobile, Shin Azumi’s DAO chair is a simple seat perched atop a minimal lacquered metal frame. The shape finds its roots in traditional Scandinavian design, here merged with the designer’s Japanese sensibility. It’s available in two versions: with a lacquered seat as a total black version, or with natural oak contrasting with the simple frame.


Giorgia Zanellato / Galleria Luisa delle Piane
Price on request

Giorgia Zanellato’s latest project grew from her desire to give new life to the humble neon light. With a romantic approach to this mundane form of lighting, the Italian designer looked at its ‘soft and indefinite light, able to create a magical and ethereal atmosphere’. Zanellato was drawn to the variety of colour options the form offered, initially looking at neon signs for inspiration and merging these references with her design sensibility into a collection of unique contemporary lamps. Her eight-piece Mirage series features floor, wall, table and hanging lamps (pictured), made of white brushed metal paired with different coloured neon and mirror surfaces, each iteration offering a magical contrast between the lights and their opaque structures.

'Frame' bed

Neri & Hu / De La Espada
Price on request

It's not often that we can say we've met a bed with great character, but Neri & Hu's Frame bed ticks this box. The Chinese duo's design – created for Spanish manufacturer De La Espada – features a minimal (but exquisitely formed) wooden structure lined with padded sections. It is available in a series of finishes, both in the wood used for the frame and the fabric for the upholstery: choose from Danish walnut, American white oak or European ash for the former, and from a range drawn from the brand’s vast fabric library the latter. (Pictured here: a neat Danish oiled walnut and powder pink linen combination.) Neri & Hu are longtime De La Espada collaborators; over the years, they've contributed myriad furniture pieces to the brand's collection, with seating, storage and tables all bearing their design mark.

'Mixed Marble Coffee Table'

Brian Thoreen

Brian Thoreen’s pieces are fluid interpretations of furniture. His tables, commodes, consoles and lamps all start from a familiar archetype and end somewhere between an artistic experiment and a bold design expression. The Los Angeles-based designer also works on architectural spaces and installations, always showing a particular sensibility for the composition of materials. This is particularly evident in his mixed marble coffee table, which resulted from an exploration of the random patterns that could be achieved with the brass base elements. The table's mixed marble surfaces were then randomly intersected to achieve its unusual shape, creating an unexpected patterned artwork.

'Optical Shim' paperweight

John Hogan / Matter

John Hogan’s works blur the boundaries between art and design, with an indefatigably experimental attitude to glass that touches upon traditional techniques and aesthetics as well as uber contemporary shapes. His manipulation of the material’s texture, shape, color, have over the years produced objects that dazzle from every angle. He joined forces with New York gallery Matter to produce his 'Optical Shim' paperweight, which offer a functional approach to his mesmerising glass exercises. The essential triangular shape of the piece suggests a design purity that is contrasted by the optical illusions of its dazzling top. Part precious objet d’art, part functional item, the piece forms a beautiful synthesis of creative disciplines.