Nov 2015

Entertaining special

With a limited edition cover by Studio Job


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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Square System

Joe Colombo / Karakter Copenhagen
Price on request

Designed by Joe Colombo and made for lifestyle brand Karakter Copenhagen, this piece is clearly described as 'multifaceted and versatile' due to its various modules which can be pieced together to make everything from large shelving to a small coffee table. The design for each module narrates a functional simplicity evoked in many of Colombo's shapes and styles, here it is updated from its previous plastic form to present something even more refined in shiny and sturdy aluminium.

'Les Rivières du Temps' abacus

Elliott Barnes
Price on request

Paris-based American designer Elliot Barnes has imagined this supersize abacus that can easily double as a room divider. Carefully crafted from chestnut wood and blown glass, the contrasting materials bring a sense of whimsical warmth to a room environment with the selection of caramel and clear spheres mixing with the rich walnut and contemporary brass base which the piece stands on. The form is modern yet boasting an retro feel with the colour palette, nodding to the age-old concept of calculating.



Created by Greek designers Shibui, 'DSK01' is a chic and creative storage solution for those short of desk space. Inspired by simplicity, DSK01 combines a smooth oak item holder with a highly polished bronze penholder. The piece will neatly contain a variety of small stationary and trinkets in its modern curvaceous structure.

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Constantin Wortmann / Georg Jensen

Strikingly modern in its rendering in mirror polished stainless steel, the Cobra tray, like the mythical snake that inspired it, boasts sinuous, sculptural curves that should add some serpentine sophistication to any sideboard or dining table. The tray joins a large list of poetic pieces that German designer Constantin Wortmann has designed for Danish silver stalwarts Georg Jensen.

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Vivlio Shelf System

Margrethe Odgaard and Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm / Skagerak
From £219

Furniture designer Margrethe Odgaard and textiles expert Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm have joined forces to create Vivlio: the shelf system of dualities. Made for Danish furniture brand Skagerak, the model lacks a forth side allowing for flexible positioning around the room as the wall itself can act like a forth edge for the piece. In line with the simple and Scandinavian aesthetic, the colour scheme is muted, the ash-wood piece is available in light blue, black, or original ash. Mix and match with its sturdy steel frame, available in black, grey, and cinnamon brown. The individual colour selection and design flexibility allows for us to create our own vision with the form.


Kaoru Watanabe / Azmaya

This copper kettle is designed by Kaoru Watanabe and beautifully made in Japan by Azmaya. It is a reinterpretation of an iconic piece of metal-wear with a beautiful matte surface demonstrates Japanese simplicity in its purest form, featuring premium copper that conducts heat efficiently, so water is quickly brought to boiling point. 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.

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Oh rectangular

Angeletti Ruzza / daaitalia
Price on request

There are endless possibilities with this streamlined table by Southern Italian brand Daa Italia. The geometric model, aptly named 'Oh, rectangular,' is available in everything from wood fibre and lacquered black to anodic bronze, white porcelain or calcatta marble. Designed by Rome-based Angeletti Ruzza who specialise in angular forms, the intricate legs cleverly contrast the clean table top to create its strong form which is also found in 'Oh Square,' a smaller yet equally dynamic version.


Francesco Meda / Luce di Carrara

Presented during Milan Design Week in 2014, this stool by Milan-based Francesco Meda for marble masters Luce Di Carrara is as multi-functional as it is visually striking. Created out of combined marble blocks of different thicknesses and featuring a cedar wood top, the piece can be used as a stool, a side table or simply a sculptural display item.

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James Stickley
Price on request

These simple steel-work pieces by London and Berlin based James Stickley are chairs masquerading as artwork through their abstract three-legged forms. The playful and shapely collection of three chairs with three different type of backs resonate the designers self-acclaimed style of 'graphic minimal' which is realised in the lines of most of his work. The electric blue colour lends itself to the almost memphis form which also makes the range increasingly conceptual.


Verena Hennig
Chair: €460. Stool: €375. Bench: €520

The title for this collection truly resonates its function: to roll up and down your back relieving muscle tension. Designed by German studio Verena Hennig, the curvaceous pieces are produced from a powder coated line up of aluminium sticks which make up the bench, chair and stool in the range. The playful collection was on show at Design Junction at London Design Festival this year and can be used both indoor and outdoor. Roll is available in simplistic tones of patent black, white, beige and red. Photography: Tilman Weishart


Raw Edges / Golran

Raw Edges' Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay teamed up with Golran to produce 'Lake', a series of carpets conceived as an a contemporary interpretation of the Persian rug. Exploring optical illusion via an existing op-art lenticular technique, it was the aim of the designers to produce a rug that would reflect the vivid colours of daytime to the less bright shades of the evening, subtly adjusting the mood of its setting through an iridescent pattern. The result, produced by Golran's craftsmen in Nepal, is this hand-knotted wool and bamboo silk rug, which cleverly brings together threads of greens, blues and cream.

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Amoia Studio
From $8,000

Design studio Amoia have been inspired by the spiritual power of stones and crystals when creating their newest collection 'Minerality.' Included in the metaphysical range is a set of drums with a simple yet multifunctional cylinder shape that can exist as seating or a small table. However it is not the shape or functionality which is the main event here but the embellishment which is layered on the piece - Azurite Malachite. Azurite is believed to evoke intuition and spiritual guidance along with psychic power giving the piece a new organic design depth. The drums are handcrafted by brother duo Samuel and Dominic Amoia and is available in different colours and stones; here it is visualised in a plaster blue encrusted with the potent Malachite.


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec / Iittala

Designed by French brothers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, the award-winning Ruutu vases come in five sizes and seven colours. Each piece is unique, as it is mouth-blown into a steel mould and polished by hand. Its angular yet fluid shape might look simple enough, but in fact it takes no less than seven highly skilled craftsmen in Iittala's factory in Helsinki to make just one vase.

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Rhino Tower Shelf

Chen Chen & Kai Williams

This robust shelving system is bought together by polyurethane over wood and powder coated steel to produce its rough plaster-like brutal form. Aptly named 'Rhino,' the heavy sculptural unit was designed New York based Chen Chen & Kai Williams who founded in 2011 after graduating from Pratt Institute. Taking an abstract artwork form, the 'tower' of plates are connected by thick pieces of wood while the base intriguingly sits on two animalistic small legs facing the opposite direction.


Dimitri Sautier / Franklin Azzi Design / pba S.p.A

Designed with a minimalist aesthetic by interior architect Dimitri Sautier and Franklin Azzi Design, this handle's name stands for Less is More. The sleek model uses quality stainless steel by Italian material masters pba S.p.A and is created with the design ethos of only using the necessary parts required. ‘Sometimes objects originate through subtraction’ says Francesca Masiero, president of pba S.p.A ‘these are the ones which reveal our momentary intent of lightness.'


Aldo Cibic / Paola C

A creation from the Memphis mind of Aldo Cibic, this abstract carafe is designed to filter ice and fruit slices with its elegantly thin neck. Created for Milan-based Paola C, the vessel won a Wallpaper* Design Award in 2011 for its refined and innovative form that is made out of blown Borosilicate glass by Massimo Lunardon.

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Belt Ladder and Hanging Rack

Jessica Nebel / H Furniture
Price on request

Minimalist leather straps join together this furniture duo by Munich-based Jessica Nebel. Existing in neutral tones of nude leather and soft oak, the ladder can be both a shoe rack or clothes shelf and the hanging rack is easily attached by two screws and can be folded away when not in use. The set has been created for British manufacturers H furniture and was initially released during Salone Del Mobile this year as part of the H Collection.


OS ∆ OOS / Please Wait to be Seated
Price on request

Multifunctional design meets innovative materials with the Otto table by OS ∆ OOS. Created in collaboration with Baars & Bloemhoff for 'Transitions' exhibition during Dutch Design Week, this space saving table can be flipped to reveal the different textured veneers from Alpi provided by material masters Baars & Bloemhoff. In addition, the simple framework of the Eindhoven-based designers can be extended to create a double overlapping tabletop. The Otto table was part of a 6-designer exhibition and will be available soon from Danish brand Please Wait to Be Seated.


Kanz Architetti / Hands on design

A fully Italian project, these ‘Gugo’ pitcher jugs are made for Milan-based brand Hands On Design- the masters of age–old manufacturing techniques. Using a modern aesthetic with subtle elegant detailing, the curvaceous vessels feature a corked closure in the design by Kanz Architetti. The piece itself was produced using traditional methods by Venetian glass artisan Erre Soffieria.

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Urban philosophy chair

NN Design Band

The Urban chair by NN Design is a polycarbonate and meta construction that combines a sinuous silhouette with a geometric composition. The simple glass form is enhanced by a black line running through its edge, offering different design perspective depending on the point of view. The Kazakhi duo NN Design, formed by Anastassya Leonova and Nissa Kinzhalina, works on simple design concepts that merge aesthetic research with challenging constructions to create discreet and elegant furniture and objects.


Price on request

Part of the 'Arcadia' range from the Italian bathroom brand Cielo, this freestanding sink and mathcing shelf typifies the brand's playful contemporary style. After recently introducing colour into their range at ISH earlier this year, Cielo have created a space-saving cylinder for their Tiberino cabinet that is available in two-tone colour ranges with the brand lacquer 'Terre di Cielo.'

Fish Kettle


Unimaginably sleek, this stainless steel fish kettle is a defining piece from Sambonet's Pesciera Luxury collection and allows users to cook fish in style. The kettle is notable for its softly curved lines and contemporary silhouette which almost mimics a streamlined water breed form, elevating it from a humble cooking utensil to a sculptural piece.

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Nendo / The Eye of the Gyre
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Nendo’s seemingly bottomless design production never fails to amaze for its imaginative quality and humorous undertones. For Tokyo Designers Weekend, the design studio collaborated with local gallery Eye of Gyre to create a set of tables that blend in with the shape of the interiors, minimally wrapping around a corner or disappearing into the floor. The ‘mysterious tables’, as the designer himself defined them, are made of a 5mm square metal rod with a small tabletop attached to it, and their shapes develop like geometric snakes creating eerie nooks and corners.

One to One

Armando Bruno / Brandglas

Milanese architect Armando Bruno collaborated with Brandglas on this this circular mirror featuring a panel of digitally printed marble. With a puzzling combination of classic and modern, Bruno’s piece is available in pink marble version (pictured) as well as calcatta and black.

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Ralf Kötter / Enfin Design
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Originally trained as a traditional carpenter, German maker Ralf Kötter later integrated his background with interiors design and engineering training, and the results of this mixed experience blend seamlessly in his brand, enigmatically titled Enfin Design. The Visupure chair is a good example of this eclectic mix, combining subtle craftsmanship touches with a quintessentially industrial shape. A thin aluminium sheet is bent into a U-shape and welded with another aluminium part to form the backbone of the seat, which appears to be floating on its bouncing feet. The metal construction is powder-coated and polished, then combined with solid walnut armrest and black leather upholstery.


Tapio Wirkkala / Venini
From £852

Designed by Tapio Wirkkala for Venini, the 'Bolle' series is perhaps the most famous and representative collection by the Finn for the Italian glassmakers. Made using the incalmo technique, which fuses separately blown pieces of glass into one item, this curved bottle consists of blown Murano glass components declined in a charming variety of candy hues.

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Now and Then

Natascha Madeiski and Linnie Mclarty
from £160

Inspired by an archaeological dig in Lebanon, these pieces bring together past and present in metalwork and ceramic. The collection is a collaboration between architect Natascha Madeiski – who has mastered the porcelain vessels and jewellery designer – and silver smith Linnie Mclarty who has worked on the metal tools attached, which they describe ‘almost like soldiers, guarding the precious things inside’. Resembling a spice-set, the containers are available in four pastel colours, with small flatware servers attached. This is an inaugural collaboration between the two UK-based creatives and was presented during London Design Festival this year.

Desktop set

Benoît Deneufbourg / Another Country

The refined woodwork of Belgian designer Benoît Deneufbourg meets the Scandinavian-Japanese minimalism of British manufacturer Another Country in this elegant, geometric set. Made in the UK from solid maple, and using swathes of brushed brass to stunning effect, the three beautifully crafted pieces – a stackable paper tray and two different pen and pencil holders – will certainly add a sculptural touch to your desktop.

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Humberto da Mata
Price on request

These tables by Brazilian designer Humberto da Mata reflect his ethos of 'fragmentation and rebuilding'. Through new research, the São Paulo-based combined geometrically clad dyed cement tiles to form the puzzle-like tops. Grouped in their colour themes, the gradient shades channel the weave-work that Mata produces in many of his collections. Since the designer graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from UNB, he has specialised in an experimental style that creates abstract forms in a world of pattern.

Vaso barrel

Benjamin Hubert / Bitossi Ceramiche

Part of British designer Benjamin Hubert’s 'Seams' collection for renowned Italian ceramicist Bitossi, the Barrel vase is created using its manufacturer’s expert craftsmanship in earthenware production. The playful vessels boast the designer's shapely techniques seen previously in his lighting, here translating into different sized bottles, jars and vases in bright and pastel contrasting tones.

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