Apr 2016

Travel & Transport special

Limited-edition cover by Santiago Calatrava


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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Products / Accessories


'India SV 1' vase

Utopia & Utility

Combining a striking trifecta of hand-blown Bohemian glass with high-quality brass and Finnish natural edge wood, Utopia & Utility's 'India SV 1' vase can be dissembled into separate, functional components, each with an equally compelling impact. Each organically formed part can be used independently as a singular vessel. When stacked, they present a sculptural container that is suited to holding floral arrangements or small household accessories.

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Linck Ceramics

Featuring all the hallmarks of Linck Ceramics — matt white finish, varying volumes and clean, sharp lines — the 'S222' bowl embodies the timeless aesthetic that the Swiss brand has built its name on. Designed by the Linck founder, Margrit Linck, the ceramic 'S222' vase is made at the brand's atelier in Bern, using traditional pottery techniques.

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'Tequila' sunrise jug

Mist-O / Ichendorf Milano

The work of Japanese-Italian studio MIST-O, the 2003 ‘Tequila Sunrise’ carafe collection comprises glass jugs and bottles in various sizes. Each piece is a juxtaposition of glass elements in different colours (including deep amber, smoky grey and bottle green), which makes it look as if it has liquid in it already. Each borosilicate glass piece is hand-blown in Italy for their alchemist-style finish.

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Herringbone vase

Phil Cuttance

The best vases are more than mere vessels for beauty; they stand on their own as sculptural pieces or defiant design. The Herringbone vase by Phil Cuttance is one such design. Unveiled at Salone del Mobile, this angular piece is the result of Cuttance's continued interest in 'creating visually complex three dimensional forms, in a relatively "lo-fi" way.' Individually hand-crafted in his London studio, the cement composite shows a history, however innocuously, of the process behind its making.


Urkiola candleholder

Patricia Urquiola / Georg Jensen

Created by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, this sculptural candleholder is modern, yet functional, making for the perfect tabletop accessory. Manufactured by Danish lifestyle brand Georg Jensen, the refined pieces are available in copper or silver, and are imbued with the Copenhagen-based brand's elegance that is found in their hollowware, watches, jewellery and home products.

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T3 bottle

Matteo Thun Atelier

This delicate bottle was created by Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun. Made of Murano glass from the famous Venetian island, it is shaped by expert glassblowers using blowing pipes, pliers, as well as their own hands. The playfully hued pieces feature impressive gradients across the pop shades that are mixed together for each trinket.

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Shaping colour

Germans Eermičs

Netherlands-based studio German Eermičs started at colour for this shelf as opposed to the shape, as the name suggests. Keeping the shape utterly simple and minimalist, he focused on the intense variation of hues that make up the piece. Made up of clear glass that is connected together at the curves, it has a console, shelf and mirror in the collection that all combine frosted, graduated, smeared colours. Photography: Lonneke van der Palen



Giovanni Garattoni / Tonelli

Designed for Italian glass specialists Tonelli by fellow Italian Giovanni Garattoni, the sprawling 'Atomic' wall mirror made its debut at this year's Salone del Mobile. The cluster of mirrors can be hung either vertically or horizontally, achieving a suspended, rising bubbles effect. The overlaid, circular panes are cut in complementary hues of smoked bronze, ash-grey, rose gold and pink for a whimsical, floating wall finish.


Handle spice bowl

Olubunmi Adeyemi / The Àga Concept

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.

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'Hot Spots' collection

Christine Rathmann / Rosenthal

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.

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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


Amazonite stripe platter

Bethan Gray

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.

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Miranda Watkins

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.

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Alberto Meda / Luce di Carrara

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.

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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.

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Cutting Board

Scandola Marmi

Scandola Marmi's exquisite collection of household marble accessories presents a range of authentic shapes and textures underpinned by meticulous craftsmanship processes. This large black marble cutting tray by the Verona-based brand has undergone a waterproof and stain-resistant treatment, making it the perfect option for presenting cheeseboards during dinner parties as well as a suitable base on which to prepare ingredients.

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This sleek brass bell rings loud and clear despite its modest size. Made using traditional techniques, it boasts a handle with a slanted top and comes in three different finishes – gold, silver and pink gold. It is part of Nousaku’s renowned bell and wind chimes designs, originally produced for Buddhist temples.

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Arches of Kullaro

Lisa Hillard / Kullaro

Family-run firm Kullaro specialises in the use of a magmatic, subvolcanic stone called diabase, known for its fine, barely visible texture. Designer Lisa Hillard uses the stone here to create the slim, playful arches of her Kullaro mirror. As well as poetically framing the mirror, the extra arches double-up as useful hanging rails. The range also includes two coffee tables and a foot stool that bare the signature looping stonework from the Lönsboda-based company.


'Blossom' Candleholders

Anders Nørgaard’ / Applicata
From £41

Featuring the smooth lines so typical of Scandinavian design, this stained oak candleholder is part of Anders Nørgaard’s 'Blossom' collection for Applicata. The Danish designer found inspiration in flower buds, as well as elongated candlesticks from the 1950s, which were often made by woodturners with leftover wood from chair or table legs. With an iron base for stability, the candleholders are available here in two different finishes and three slender shapes.

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Crafted from durable and waterproof paper, Octaevo's innovative handcrafted flower vases pay tribute to ancient ceramics. Continuing the Spanish brand's dedication to a Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic, this vase features a graphic print comprising a series of vibrant colours that are evocative of the region, and is at once sophisticated and eye-catching.

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Vinegar flask

Aldo Bakker / Thomas Eyck

Part of Dutch designer Aldo Bakker's series of table accessories for Thomas Eyck, this smooth, ornamental vinegar flask adds a little refinement to serving condiments at the table. The cylindrical, porcelain body gives a handmade impression, and features a small, protruding dish with which to hold the vinegar before it is poured. The delicate collection also includes an oil can, salt cellar, oil platter and water carafe.

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Medium planter


Concrete is undergoing something of an aesthetic renaissance – and the small South London lifestyle brand Conpot are harnessing the elegant, minimalist potential of the material as well as anyone in the wider design world.

The Peckham-based studio produces a small range of rounded and faceted hand-cast planters, made with a mix of carefully sourced aggregates and high-quality Portland cement, in four colourways: a Derbyshire-derived grey limestone; black basalt from Shropshire; a Spanish white marble; and – our favourite – a white marble with coloured flecks, comprising basalt, limestone, red granite and flint.


'Dioniso 6' mirror

Ettore Sottsass / Glas Italia
From £1,066

Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Italian stalwarts Glas Italia, the 'Dioniso 6' mirror features a boldly abstract polychromatic frame. Perfect for adding interest to cream walls and corridors, the artistry presents a multicoloured memphis that is available in six different geometrical shapes.

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'Bouquet' Optical vase

Mist-O / Ichendorf Milano
From £17

Designed by Japanese-Italian studio Mist-o, this collection of hourglass-shaped vases is hand-blown in Italy by Ichendorf Milano’s skilled craftsmen. The pared-down design is perfect to display minimalist flower arrangements, or even better, a single statement flower such as an oversized iris. There are four different sizes and two glass options available.

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'Suiren' bowl

Time & Style

Simple, uncluttered and elegant, Japanese lifestyle design company, Time and Style, create culturally-inspired products for those who favour timeless materials, shapes and colour palettes over surplus details and ornamentation. This modest bowl has been crafted from Japanese zelkova wood, which boasts a rich and beautiful grain, and features sharp, modern lines – making it the perfect place to display fresh fruit or from which to create and serve side salads.

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Day Studio / Grand Bazaar

Day Studio's 'Kubbe' cake stand offers a chic means to present cakes and snacks. Produced by craftsmen in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar from silver-plated brass, the stand comprises a flat circular plate atop a dome-like structure inspired by the workshops, courtyards and shops that have sat in the bazaar for centuries.

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Le Morandine

Le Morandine's 'V' collection, designed by Sonia Pedrazzini, consists of a series of hand-painted ceramic jars, jugs and vases. The shape of the vessels are inspired by silhouettes from artist Giorgio Morandi's still lifes, while the palette maintains the same matt and chalky appearance seen in his paintings. This pigeon blue vase is handmade by Italian craftspeople and bears a monogram that guarantees its originality.

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Le Valet

La Fonction / Line ART

This geometric room divider-cum-dresser by La Fonction (founded by piKs design studio) offers a flexible, minimalist storage solution that can fit neatly into the room space. 'La Valet' is comprised of a mirror, suspended with matching natural wood-hued leather straps. Three subtle coat hooks exist on the back of this while opposite, five slim wooden rungs align horizontally. The foldable, solid oak piece was created in collaboration with Line ART, manufactured in France and available in a range of finishes.


Sommelier glasses

Michael Anastassiades and Enrico Bernardo / Puiforcat
Set of two £485

A collaboration between Greek designer Michael Anastassiades and Enrico Bernardo, Puiforcat's 'Sommelier' collection presents a series of crystallite glasses designed to elevate the wine tasting experience. Casting a subtle pattern of geometric reflections when they are placed on flat surfaces thanks to the gold-plated brass rim at the base of each item, these two champagne glasses have been engineered to provide optimal taste and flavour enhancement.

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Organic bowl


This item is taken from The Bowls Project, three sets of 50 bowls in varying sizes designed by Spanish brand Loewe and based on an imagined collaboration with Austrian potter Lucie Rie. Led by José Luis Bazán, a leather expert from Cádiz, and Jonathan Anderson, Creative Director of Loewe, the project borrows moulding techniques from pottery which are applied to each calf leather bowl before it is shaped by hand. The colours — here black and stone — are inspired by Rie’s palette.

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