Apr 2016

Milan preview

Limited-edition cover by Ettore Spalletti

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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Handle spice bowl

Olubunmi Adeyemi / The Àga Concept
£27

Conceived by Nigerian designer Olubunmi Adeyemi, The Àga Concept combines functionality with African heritage for a contemporary line of kitchen tools and utensils, crafted from locally sourced wood. This bowl is ideal for holding spices and serving is facilitated by a handle, which is marked by black and red stripes at its tip.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Aymier D'Arques

Luis Laplace / James Paris
€4,300

Argentinian architect and designer Luis Laplace has created this limited edition lamp 'Aymier D'Arques' for James Paris. Imbued with elegant Parisian craft, the piece is made of stoneware, fabric and patinated brass from local European craftsmen. The shades of the collectors piece are pared back, exposing the ornamental base that arrives in three decadent shades of charcoal black, ash grey and glossy red.

www.james-paris.com

Frame

Norm Architects / ex.t
€ 1.679,54

Norm Architects were inspired by mid 20th century Danish furniture for their second collection for Florence-based bathroom brand ex.t. As its name suggests,'Frame' is made up of different steel structures that can be wall mounted or freestanding to neatly double as shelving with a discreet sink situated among the modular lines. The refined and multifaceted jet black structures mix Nordic and Italian influences and were released at Salone del Mobile alongside 'Rest,' a set of matching cushioned stools to relax on.

www.ex-t.com

Costal Shades

Christine Rathmann / Rosenthal
£237

Working intuitively and combining a series of unexpected shapes and colours, German designer Christine Rathmann has produced the eye-catching 'Hot Spots' collection for glass, porcelain and ceramics specialists Rosenthal. Featuring a spectacular gradient of kaleidoscopic tones that smoothly blends shades of yellow, pink and orange across a multifaceted surface, the 'Coastal Shades' porcelain vase functions as both a decorative piece and a practical object, with an appearance that alters depending on lighting, position and angle.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Duplex

Mut Design Studio / Sancal
€567

Inspired by the playful contemporary architecture of Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, 'Duplex' is the first range of tables designed by MUT Design Studio for Spanish brand Sancal. The 'Duplex' range rethinks the concept of a 'games table' - inviting the user to take part in the design process. The sliding, detachable tray tables double as laptop stands, and each surface acts as a puzzle piece that can slot together in myriad ways.

www.sancal.com

'90°' Wall light

Frama
£225

Doubling as an elegant storage solution, Frama's '90°' wall light is a strong design statement with an equally distinct geometric character. The industrial piece has a simplistic exposed light with a copper base plate allowing it to bring a raw style to any room of the house. On this occasion, we have chosen the clinical bathroom.

Available from the WallpaperStore*

www.store.wallpaper.com

MIL coffee table

Büro Famos / LaCividina
Price on request

Designed by Berlin-based Hanna Litwin and Romin Heide of Büro Famos, the 'MIL' coffee table debuted at La Cividina's stand at Salone del Mobile this year. The appealingly simple table top covers an intelligent base, formed of four, asymmetrically interlocking legs. Available in monochromatic shades of marble, glass and wood, MIL also comes in three different sizes, which can be half-nested or grouped together in clusters creating a versatile, multi-layered surface.

www.lacividina.com

Orlando

Reiko Kaneko / SCP
£2,193.00

Having previously focussed on fine bone china pendant lamps, this 'Orlando' armchair marks designer Reiko Kaneko's first foray into furniture. The lounge chair boasts a solid steel frame, with a tubular steel back allowing for a gentle, comforting flex. The slim arm rests are made from walnut or oak, whilst various upholstery and powder-coat finishes are available - we're particularly fond of the 'Maharam Cobblestone' pictured. Orlando's small footprint, low base and custom finishes make it an ideal fit for any room.

www.scp.co.uk

Transfix

Kensaku Oshiro and Marc Krusin / Glas Italia
£1.984

Designed by Kensaku Oshiro and Marc Krusin, the 'Transfix' display and storage unit may also be used as a means to divide and screen spaces. Crafted from slabs of tempered 8mm thick transparent extra-light glass, this extremely versatile piece appears to float in the air, a quality that allows it to seamlessly slot into any environment.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Cast brass vase

Thévos Choquet
Price on request

These humble one-flower vases by duo Thevoz-Choquet comprises polished brass cast in a transparent resin block. The brass is deliberately left exposed, allowing it to oxidise over time, whilst the resin remains pristine, shiny and untouched. This creates a unique ornament that both ages and remains new, poetically trapped between two conflicting timelines. The sculptural pieces are part of a collection of ambiguous objects made from the same materials as part of the 'I Dream of Luxury' exhibition in Rossana Orlandi at Salone del Mobile

thevoz-choquet.com

Totem

Ferruccio Laviani / Citco Marmi
Price on request

Launched at Salone del Mobile, these 'Totem' vases by Ferruccio Laviani shape abstract forms of dark and light marble from Verona-based Citco Marmi. The enveloping pieces takes inspiration from Romanian sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, with the lighting fixture kept hidden. Appearing as strong contemporary ornaments, they can easily be moved from room to room, adding luxury to the space.

www.citco.it

Bulb

Minimalux
£210

Minimalux's lifestyle accessories contrast a pared-back aesthetic with laboriously pored-over design details. This chrome-plated, energy-saving bulb table lamp, is made from blown opal glass with a precision-cut solid brass stem – making it the perfect accompaniment to bedside and coffee tables alike.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

'944' bench

Studio Formstelle / Rolf Benz
£1440

Studio Formstelle were commissioned to create this hand-stitched, upholstered bench for their German neighbours Rolf Benz. The bench is distinguished by its striking, geometric wooden base that it shares with the 580 armchair introduced in Milan last year. The 944 is available in two sizes and a choice of walnut, light or dark oak.

www.rolf-benz.com

'Originals'

Ercol
£660

Designed in 1956 by Ercol founder Lucian Ercolani, this set of pebble-shaped tables features the British company’s signature fluid curves and tapered legs. It is ideal for compact rooms, as the two smaller tables neatly slot underneath the biggest one to save space when not in use. Comprising elm tabletops and turned beech legs, the classic designs are manufactured at Ercol’s HQ in Buckinghamshire.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Falling

Tobias Grau
€ 519,00

Frankfurt-based brand Tobias Grau have created Falling - a striking suspension lamp that mimics a falling water droplet. Available in polished aluminium, glossy black or matt black finishes, the lamp makes use of powerful and efficient LEDs to produce a surprisingly strong spotlight with top colour rendering that can be dimmed to create a more intimate glow. FALLING is part of Grau's wider 'Choice' lighting installations.

www.tobias-grau.com

'Trianglehex'

Bertjan Pot / Golran
£1.020

From Bertjan Pot's 'Triangles' collection for Golran, the design of this hand-knotted wool and silk pouf was initiated with an investigation into the weaving technique of the kilim from which its pattern would be spun. Like all pieces from the line, the pouf's pattern is based on the geometric form of the triangle, which here has been positioned to create a kaleidoscopic series of diamonds and hexagons, emphasised by a clever arrangement of both contrasting and harmonising hues of pink and red.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Brass

Valentin Loellmann
Price on request

Studio Valentin Loellmann launched last year creating artful contemporary furniture pieces. For PAD Paris, the German artist designer formed a metal and wood collection that is delicately balanced. Inspired by the idea of haute couture and fitted clothing, the handcrafted range combines skinny animalistic legs and a sleek polished dark wood top. Welded together, the rough finishes are aesthetically beautiful with a classical edge.

www.valentinloellmann.de

Arch

Bower
$3250

Brooklyn-based brand Bower was inspired by ancient archways for the 'Arch' Bench, pairing classical architectural with a fresh, contemporary finish. Imbued with their signature experimental style, the bench has a monochrome palette of lacquered ash on the top, and whitewashed on the legs. Added texture and comfort comes in the form of the plush, deep-black wool upholstery.

www.bowernyc.com

'Homage to Faberge'

Utopia & Utility
£156

A two-part sculpture that can be separated into two containers, Utopia & Utility's 'Homage to Faberge' vase playfully emulates the silhouette of an egg. Comprising a spun solid brass bowl and a red hand-blown Bohemian glass bowl, the vase — which was designed in 2013 — can be used as two separate items when detached.

Available at  WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Composite side table

MSDS Studio
$900

Toronto-based studio MSDS has created a trio of tables that includes this minimalist form. The Canadian brand often embodies a Scandinavian style that here was inspired by 17th century furniture. Upgrading the form for the contemporary world, here they have used composite sheets for the entire model, playing with different levels in the striking grainy abstract shapes.

www.msds-studio.ca

Livia

Gio Ponti / L'Abbate
£187

The 'Livia' chair was originally designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of Padua University's Livianum faculty and was reissued by Italian brand L'Abbate in 2005. Minimal, elegant and carved from lacquered beechwood, this classic red chair is timeless in its design.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Nest

Form Us With Love / +Halle
High Sofa from €2295

These unique pieces allow seating to become the room divider. Playing with different heights, the architectural pieces appear as armchairs while providing an elevated cove for the individual to experience privacy at a different level. Designed by Swedish studio Form us With Love, the collection evokes their minimalist yet experimental aesthetic, merging this with Danish manufacturer +Halle's humanist techniques. Its versatility also allows it to live comfortably in any room, we have it in the hall as social seating for our guests to enjoy, at any height.

www.plushalle.com

'Butler' light

Arik Levy / Delta Light
From €410

Harnessing the trend for lighting that works both indoors and out, Paris-based designer Arik Levy has created 'Butler' for design firm Delta Light. The signature pleated shade was inspired by folded paper and recalls classic Parisian plisse fashion. Reminiscent of the Israeli designer's artistic touch, the pleats cast poetic shadows all around the shade, even when the internal light is off, and then during the evening this creates a cozy intimate glow. The standing lamp comes in two different sizes and also a wall-hanging version.

www.deltalight.com

Amazonite stripe platter

Bethan Gray
£3,840

London-based designer Bethan Gray is known for her passion for luxurious natural materials, such as solid wood, marble and leather. This smooth, round serving platter is the perfect example of the Welsh designer’s approach. Made out of an exquisite contrast of green crystal amazonite and black marble, the two are bought together in an animalistic stripy pattern that can be a whimsical addition to any tea party.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Dome

Miranda Watkins
£125

Part of the growing collection of handcrafted pewter tableware by British designer Miranda Watkins, this snack bowl set is made to order by the Sheffield-based pewter specialist AR Wentworth. The three bowls come in different sizes, to serve everything from peanuts to crisps. The highly polished contemporary pieces can look elegant in any banquet setting, mixing it with other wood or marble tableware allows for it to shine among the crowd.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Clover Garden

Ionna Vautrin / Lexon
€39

Lexon pride themselves on creating small, useful, accessible items. The 'Clover Garden' lamp is no exception. Created by French designer Ionna Vautrin, the simple yet playful outdoor light automatically switches on and off by sensor. It is water resistant, rain-fast, and runs economically on solar power. The pointed stake slots neatly into turf, or can be embedded in a plant pot. 'Clover Garden' is available in three pop colours, all that are whimsically designed to be gathered to form a vibrant flowerbed of lights.

www.lexon-design.com

Copernico

Alberto Meda / Luce di Carrara
£210

Designed by Alberto Meda for Florence-based marble manufacturer Luce Di Carrara, Copernico was inspired by Renaissance mathematician and astronomer Nikolaus Copernicus. The circular robust forms arrive in three different types of marble, Grey Evia, Green Mediterranean and Pietra di Stazzema, Copernicus was known as the man who placed the sun, instead of the earth, at the centre of the universe, nodding to the slightly galactic patterns and gues in the coasters.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

Club chair

Glen Baghurst
Price on request

Taking cues from the fashion industry's ability to dress one common frame in various of ways, Swedish-Australian designer Glen Baghurst has created his 'Untitled' Club chair. Thick off-black leather falls over the curving frame, and fastened with powder-coated iron fixings that are clearly exposed. This creates an equestrian-style depth and volume that is a nod to traditional English saddlery.

www.glenbaghurst.com

Hinoki

Azmaya
£147

This wine ice cooler by Azmaya showcases the essence of nature with the subtle grain of the Hinoki Cypress Wood juxtaposed with its simplistic design. Azmaya are a collective hailing from the Niigata region that collaborates with designers, artisans, and small manufacturers to create contemporary versions of Japanese design classics for daily life. The handwork in their production results in subtle variations and different characteristics, making each piece unique.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

www.store.wallpaper.com

K&W table lamp

Nahoor
Price on request

Nahoor designer William Pianta has created the K&W table lamp, inspired by Italian heritage, fused with advancing technologies. The mushroom-shaped lamp comprises a slim, marble base topped by a dome of opal Murano glass. The lamp is pictured here in polished chrome and green Carrara, but is also available in a number of finishes including brushed brass and matt lacquered. 

www.nahoor.com