September 2015

Style special

With a limited edition cover by Marc Quinn

THE W* HOUSE

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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Tables

Tomás Alonso / Cos X Hay
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.

www.cosstores.com

Contour Side Tables

Bower
On request

New York design studio Bower was founded in 2013 to afford a free experimental design approach to quotidian objects. Designers Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi combine a passion for functionality with research methods that look outside of traditional design avenues, encompassing anything from nature to childhood memories. Their pair of nesting side table are made from molded plywood, lacquered white to achieve an ultra-smooth finish. A semi circular tinted glass top in different hues contributes to the pieces’ graphic look, making a strong (and customisable) aesthetic statement when the tables are nested together. The designers also offer a variety of bespoke options, with a dozen finishes and five glass tints to choose from.

www.bowernyc.com

'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.

www.coedition.fr

Bialik dressing unit

David Amar

Originating from a private commission for a house in Tel Aviv, David Amar’s Bialik collection combines a vintage eclectic style with modern flair. The collection revolves around a central dressing unit, while also including a daybed and four benches, which double as low shelving units. The dressing unit is a free-standing structure of three powder-coated steel frames connected to a dark cast concrete base. A full-length mirror, dressing table and screen swivel around the base, affording a flexible set-up. The Bialik collection is an archetypal example of Amar’s design style: the RCA graduate has developed a series of projects that show a strong sensibility for structural shapes with an asymmetric identity, accompanied by a sapient and bold use of colour.

www.davidamar.co.uk

'Mirage'

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.

www.gallerialuisadellepiane.it

'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.

www.delaespada.com

SUNPlace

Lanzavecchia + Wai
On request

A domestic workstation for cooking and sharing – this is the idea behind 'SUNPlace,' Lanzavecchia + Wai’s take on the classic barbecue. The design duo’s cooking table allows users to cook using the most basic, self-sufficient, clean and inexhaustible energy source: the sun. Created for the Aldo Colonetti-curated exhibition 'Le Affinità Selettive', for this year's Milan’s Expo, the 'SUNPlace' combines technology with conviviality. The table is equipped with a panel that holds a fresnel lens, concentrating the sun’s rays onto a cast-iron grill below. People can sit around the table, on matching stools, and cook on the grill using geometric tools. The pair call it ‘an evolution of the ancient “fireplace” that warms entertains and feeds’, citing inspirations such as tribal rituals and traditional family gatherings.

www.lanzavecchia-wai.com

'Optical Shim' paperweight

John Hogan / Matter
$1,950

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.

mattermatters.com

'Mixed Marble Coffee Table'

Brian Thoreen
$24,600

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.

www.brianthoreen.com

'Sesann' sofa

Gianfranco Frattini / Tacchini
Price on request

Tacchini is bringing back one of Gianfranco Frattini’s most relevant designs. The 'Sesann' seating system, designed by the Italian architect in 1970, is a combination of free form and rigorous lines that collide with quintessential Italian modernism. The sofa’s shape results from a composition of a soft seating element constricted into a tubular metal frame, which mould its form giving life to the head- and armrests. Flamboyant and at the same time precise, the Sesann is for Frattini ‘just a design synthesis – a thought, a story and an idea: a symbolic manifestation of the best experiences of the past and a proposal for the future of the discipline.’

www.tacchini.it

'Goncen' lamp

William Pianta / Nahoor
Price on request

Designer William Pianta’s desire to re-interpret the values of Italian design language and explore light's functions resulted in Nahoor, a brand that produces small collections of subtly modern pieces made by artisans. Pianta’s Goncen light is an outdoor table light inspired by lanterns, available as a wireless lamp with a rechargeable LED as well as a wired version which reproduces a more natural candlelight. The minimal metal base (available in chromed or brushed brass as well as shiny or matte black and white painted versions) is attached to a handle which forms the piece’s silhouette, holding a frosted Murano glass dome.

www.nahoor.com

'BAR' tap

Natalino Malasorti / CEA

Inspired by essential geometric forms and lines, the design of the 'BAR' tap was conceived by Natalino Malasorti to appear timeless and essential, combining a robust smoothness with an elegant flow. Italian stainless steel specialist CEA developed the tap with a new waterfall jet concept, offering enhanced water saving and hygiene benefits through mixers equipped with hydro progressive ceramic cartridges. Made of stainless steel and available in both satin and polished finishes, the BAR progresses Malasorti’s legacy of clean design, combining intuitive functionality with discreet sophistication.

www.ceadesign.it