August 2015

The Handmade Issue

With a limited edition cover by Aldo Bakker


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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Tyler Hays / BDDW

Tyler Hays’ take on the deckchair combines exquisite details with nostalgic craftsmanship. The bronze frame holds a sling seat and is equipped with wooden armrests, a drink tray and a cylindrical leather pillow. The various options devised by Hays for the chair include different woods and a seat available in tan leather, shearling and canvas.

Bagno di Colore Glazes

CreativeLab+ / Ceramica Globo

Wave goodbye to the all-white bathroom with high-performing coloured glazes for ceramics. Designed to enhance the collections of Ceramica Globo, including Claesson Koivisto Rune’s ‘Forty3’ basins (pictured), the 14 glazes range from matt greys to petrol green.

‘NO 2’ Side Table

PlueerSmitt / Karakter

Swiss designers Dominic Plueer and Olivier Smitt, who met while working for Alfredo Häberli, have injected new life into the basic trestle table concept. The duo’s side table for Danish brand Karakter is composed of two asymmetric trestles that slide into a chunky tabletop with sinuous lines. The piece is made of basswood tinted using copper sulfate, giving it a graphite-like look that changes with each point of view, offering an intriguing alternative to a standard side table. The designers are a new addition to Karakter’s stable of international designers that offer uncompromising solutions to everyday living.

‘Château 150 Carbon Edition’ Range Cooker

La Cornue

To celebrate the 50th birthday last year of its iconic ‘Château 150’ range cooker, designed by André Dupuy in 1964, French kitchen maker La Cornue created a version with a matt-black carbon-fibre finish. The ‘Château 150 Carbon Edition’ one-of model proved so popular it is now being produced and is available to order. Handmade in La Cornue’s Parisian workshops, it is equipped with the firm’s new G4 oven system. Based on the Château collection’s signature vaulted oven, the G4 features a circular burner and a cast-iron RCC disk, the company’s patented invention, which difuses and regulates heat.

'CL.1' Tap

Sieger Design / Dornbracht
From £772

Available in deck-mounted and wall-mounted versions, and with a choice of textures for the handles, Dornbracht’s new ‘CL.1’ tap also includes a Sprayface, an innovative in-house development that comprises 40 individual jets and ofers a water-saving fow of under four litres per minute.

‘Argento’ Flatware

Gae Aulenti / Design Memorabilia
$50 for set of five

The late Gae Aulenti was better known for her large-scale architectural and interior design work on museums, but she was equally adept at applying her unique aesthetic sensibility to furniture and product design, combining attractive silhouettes with stark simplicity, such as in this cutlery set, designed back in 1970. The set has now been re-launched as part of a series of re-editions under the Design Memorabilia banner. The brainchild of entrepreneur and design curator George M Beylerian, this collection celebrates the best Italian design of the post-World War II era.

'Stadera' Desk

Franco albini / Cassina

Originally designed in 1954 for a private house, the 'Stadera' desk is composed of two trapezoidal-shaped surfaces supported by a single leg, and plays on the balance created by its irregularity, much like the pendulum scales (stadera) from which it takes its name. Re-released as part of the Cassina I Maestri collection, it is now available in a selection of materials including walnut and marble.

'George’s’ Chair

David Lopez Quincoces / Living Divani

Spanish-born, Milan-based designer David Lopez Quincoces’ third collaboration with Italian furniture brand Living Divani has resulted in this dynamic chair with armrests that can be adapted to various decorative needs. The ‘George’s’ chair features slanted legs, a tubular-back frame in powder-coated steel and a wooden seat. The chair can be adapted to indoor or outdoor use, and is available both in its pure ‘naked’ black steel state or dressed in wicker, black hide or waxed rope. The rope version is the most maximalist of the four available, with a bright orange rope running along the structure and an ash wood seat.

‘Futura’ Pendant

Hangar Design Group and Vistosi

Vistosi, a Venetian company with a 500-year history, has blossomed from a humble glass furnace to a design-led lighting company that has worked with the likes of Michele De Lucchi, Angelo Mangiarotti and Ettore Sottsass. The firm relentlessly researches and experiments with new methods, materials and techniques, and its latest collaboration with Hangar Design Group marries its glass-blowing expertise with innovation to produce these pendants, in three different colours, each paired with a brushed metal band. The glass is blown in one piece, but the technique used produces lamps that are half transparent, half opaque.

‘Separè’ Dividers

Revesz + Tatangelo / Mingardo

A passion for metalwork is the driving force of young artisan Daniele Mingardo, who learned the craft in his father’s workshop and turned the 40-year-old family company into a design laboratory. Mingardo’s latest collection, created in collaboration with local and international designers, gives a new lightness to brass and iron. The collection’s highlight is this pair of multi-functional dividers by designers Omri Revesz and Damian Tatangelo.

‘Ala’ Armchair

Sebastian Herkner / La Cividina
Price on request

Sebastian Herkner’s ‘Ala’ seating collection for La Cividina was inspired by decorative plate racks and features a range of sofas and armchairs with detachable armrests. Built on metal or wooden frames, and covered in fabric or leather, they gracefully blend sinuous lines with geometric compositions.

‘Open’ Handle

Rem Koolhaas / Olivari
Price on request

Century-old door-handle company Olivari has seen an illustrious portfolio of designers, including Joe Colombo, Vico Magistretti and Piero Lissoni, ofer it their take on the humble door handle. Now it is enriching its design stable with a trio of new collaborators: Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid and Marcel Wanders. Koolhaas’ take reduces the door handle to its primordial elements: hub and lever, creating a no-fuss mechanical design delivered in a variety of metal finishes.