July 2015

Design Directory

With a limited edition cover by Philippe Parreno and M/M (Paris)

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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'Nick’ Bed

Luca Nichetto / Molteni & C
£4,700

Balance and proportion make great sleeping partners in Italian designer Luca Nichetto’s latest creation for Molteni & C. Available in a vast array of leather and textile upholstery options; the bed’s padded frame is anchored by a svelte chrome-plated structure.

molteni.it

‘Olimpia’ Lamp

Zaven / Secondome
€2,500

Enrica Cavarzan and Marco Zavagno, the duo behind Venice-based design studio Zaven, have worked with Roman design gallery Secondome on a number of projects. Established in 2008 as an exhibition space, the gallery later became a fully fledged brand, producing limited editions of objects and furniture by Italian and international designers. With a focus on craftsmanship, Secondome’s pieces are produced in close collaboration with the designers, and its latest project with Zaven is the ‘Olimpia’ lamp, featuring a metal collage base that ‘rises up like a stairway’ with an opaque borosilicate glass light sitting on top.

secondome.biz

'ZigZag' Bookcase

Konstantin Grcic / Driade
£4,640

Back in 1996, Konstantin Grcic created a zigzag-shaped structural shelving unit for Driade. Now, almost 20 years later, the range has been updated and relaunched in a palette of new colours for the metal work (black, white, bronze and polished stainless steel) complemented by two kinds of wooden shelves in oak and American walnut. The simple modular shelf design can also be accessorised with clip-on bookends in matching colours. Available in two heights, the bookcase can be assembled without the aid of any tools.

www.driade.com

'Extend' mirror

Neri & Hu / De La Espada
£1050

The Extend mirrors by architecture and design duo Neri & Hu are based on the Chinese tradition of using bamboo ladders in the home for hanging a variety of things from textiles to food. The pair's poetic interpretation of this practice gives sophistication to a simple form, and pay a discreet tribute to the custom.

www.delaespada.com

'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska
€1200

A clever solution for storage, Polish designer Natalia Wieteska's sideboard is an exercise in precision and perspective. Combining exquisite craftsmanship with extreme geometry, the piece's construction gives lightness to a monolithic block of wood, available in a variety of finishes.

www.enwi.com.pl

'Hangzhou' stool

Atelier Chen Min
Price on request

'Hangzhou is considered a city filled with the most happiness and satisfaction in China,' says designer Min Chen, when describing the inspiration behind his seat, named after the city. His piece is composed of 16 layers of bamboo veneers in different lengths, bent to create an arched stool of elastic panels that bend changing shape when sitting on it.

chen-min.com

'Stratifications' tray

Krzysztof Lukasik
Price on request

Krzysztof Lukasik's experiments with the compositional possibilities of stone come to a climax with his 'Stratifications' collection. The collection's essential shapes are achieved by slicing marble and gluing it together like plywood. The tray, made of Mareuil Limestone, is a monumental shape that combines lightness with a rigorous construction.

www.krzysztofjlukasik.com

'Tafla' mirror

Zieta
€1500

For a few years, Oskar Zieta has been defining Polish design globally, his work guiding the country's contemporary aesthetics. The development of FiDU is perhaps Zieta's major achievement (and one of contemporary design's most admired techniques), creating solid objects from blown up metal sheets. The Tafla steel mirrors are the latest products to be developed with this technique produced in a variety of sizes and organically shapes.

www.zieta.pl

'Stalker' side table

Studio Hausen / Foundry
SGD425 (£206)

Stalker, designed by German design firm Studio Hausen for Singapore-based label and store Foundry, is a small table that plays with an iconic shape and extreme angles. The three-legged table is made of a solid oak or walnut base with a round top, available in a white or black stained ash wood.

www.foundrycollection.com

'The Measure of Reflection' mirror

Ministry of Design / Industry+
SGD1500 (£730)

Malaysian design studio Ministry of Design's mirror is an exploration of rituals and one's reflection. Executed in a rose tone and with a subtle geometric corner detail, the round mirror is a synthesis of sophistication and simplicity.

www.industryplus.com.sg

'Chair 1'

Jinil Park
£1878

A sketch that becomes a chair: South Korean designer Jinil Park has made his line drawings come to life by creating literal, three-dimensional objects based on his illustrations. His rough sketch of a chair became the minimally-named 'Chair 1', a black scribble of lines that is part of a larger collection including a table and lighting.

www.jinilpark.com

'Euclideanism' mirror set

Juyoung Kim / Metafaux
€245

Halfway between mirror and sculpture we find 'Euclideanism', a set of three pieces by Korean designer Juyoung Kim. Combining a subtle reflection with modular geometric compositions, the pieces cone in different shapes and colours, making them intriguing arrangements that interact with the reflected image.

www.metafauxdesign.com