May 2014

Milan preview issue

Featuring a limited-edition
cover by Jaime Hayon


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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‘Tetatet’ table lamp

Davide Groppi

Named after the French phrase for an intimate conversation, Davide Groppi’s candle-like 'Tetatet’ table lamp envelops those sitting around it in a warm sphere of light. Launched as part of the designer's 'The Light In the Pot' collection, inspired by restaurant lighting, the wireless, battery-powered lamp unites both conversation and dining.

'Earthquake 5.9' bookcase

Patricia Urquiola / Budri

In May 2012, when an earthquake struck the Emilia region of Spain, stone company Budri’s marble and onyx slabs were shattered into hundreds of pieces. In an effort to turn catastrophe into triumph, Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola has fashioned the stone fragments into a line of angular pieces of furniture including this irregular, hexagonal bookcase.

'Loop' sideboard

Goula/Figuera and Fāctil
Price on request

With its seamless solid-oak shuttered façade devoid of any handles, it's not immediately obvious how Alvaro Goula's Loop sideboard is opened. Instead, users must locate the two slats, which are not attached to the runner, push them inwards and then slide the shutters apart. The looped steel bar legs provide additional structural support, allowing the shutters to be opened all the way around to the back.

'Ernest' desk

Borja Garcia Studio / Punt

With its simple, straightforward oak or walnut construction, the 'Ernest' desk by Valencia brand Punt brings warmth and order to the office. Although traditional in appearance, Ernest is designed for the digital age, providing cable management through a channel in its back leg and storage for digital devices beneath its desktop.

'Uplight Down'

Jordi Canudas Studio

As its name suggests, the 'Uplight Down' pendant lamp by Barcelona-based designer Jordi Canudas literally flips the light source upside down. The lamp projects the sharp, omni-directional light of its LED bulb upwards and then diffuses it across the textured, acrylic shade. The result is a soft, indirect light that creates a comfortable and homely ambience.

'Chaos' console

Hervé Van der Straeten

The base of Parisian designer Hervé Van der Straeten’s sculptural console table is a tangled stack of shimmering 'beetle green' volumes. Suitably named 'Chaos', the console is made using a new lacquering technology called ‘interferential’, which creates changing, seemingly haphazard reflections on the surface.

‘Afordances #1’ side table

Jonathan Zawada / Matter

Supplied through New York design emporium Matter, the 'Affordances #1 (You Only Reincarnate Infinitely)' series by Australian designer Jonathan Zawada is an open edition of side tables, each made from three intersecting slices of marble, granite or synthetic stone. Due to their simple construction, the tables are all flat-packed and the components can be interchanged to create bespoke compositions of colour and texture.

‘Candelabra’ side table

Heba Hammad at The American University of Sharjah

Made up of layered panels of polycarbonate threaded onto steel rods, Egyptian designer Heba Hammad's ethereal side table was originally designed to display burning candles. The melted wax was intended to spill over into the polycarbonate cells, creating wax trails that become part of the design. Since then, 'Candelabra' has evolved into a celebration of its own existence, functioning as a minimalist and transparent objet d'art.

'Veto' bench

Rasha Dakkak at The American University of Sharjah

Crafted from layered sections of CNC-cut plywood, Rasha Dakkak's Veto table spells out two Arabic words inspired by the dissent expressed in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. The table reads ‘la’ (meaning refusal, denial or disbelief) when viewed from one side and ‘kalla’ (indicating strong disapproval, protest or objection) when viewed from the other.

'Corner' chair

Gregor Jenkin and William Kentridge
£1,000 each

When world-renowned South African artist William Kentridge became the first person to buy one of Capetonian designer Gregor Jenkin’s tables, it was the start of a working relationship that has led to several international exhibitions. The torn and jagged edges of the duo’s 'Corner' chairs are laser-cut from Valchromat, a wood fibre panel with a paper-like quality.

'Roof' mirror

Tonic Design
R7,560 ($689)

A perfect isosceles triangle, the 'Roof' mirror by Johannesburg design consultancy Tonic was inspired by postmodern design. ‘At the time we were also designing a range of furniture based on these simple shapes,’ says Tonic director Greg Gamble. ‘We were referencing postmodernism, using primary colours and basic geometry.’

'Origami' wall light

François Champsaur / Pouenat Ferronnier

The multifaceted, lacquered-steel surface of François Champsaur's Origami wall lamp for Pouenat is designed to resemble a delicate sheet of folded paper. A hidden light source shines onto the back of the shade, which reflects back onto the wall, creating a warm halo of light.