Nov 2015

The 200th issue

With celebratory die-cut covers by Philippe Apeloig


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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Vase Trio

Scandola Marmi

Since 1964, Scandola Marmi has been producing exquisite marble creations that nonchalantly range from small design objects to large-scale, intricately detailed floors coverings. Their exquisite marble creations for house and home boast simple, authentic shapes underpinned by meticulous hand-finished processes. These small black marble vases feature a warm, mottled exterior and lightly textured interiors, and come in alone or in a triple formation. Their minimal shape allows them to seamlessly blend into any interiors as flowerpots or holders of small and larger objects.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

Lyyli box series

Katriina Nuutinen
From €239

Finnish designer Katriina Nuutinen has taken the illustrious Finnish glassmaking tradition and given it her own contemporary design interpretation. Her work is inspired by the interplay between glass and light, and the material is combined with ceramics, wood and leather, producing exquisite combinations each time. In her work, Nuutinen has especially mastered the art of making boxes, vessels and containers, featuring simple shapes and subtle colours. Her 'Lyyli' series of small boxes are imagined to store small, precious objects, inside what the designer affectionately calls ‘sweethearts with humorous character’.



After studying Industrial Design together at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Sara Ebert and Jason Pfaeffle came together to make Cofield studio. They have since been creating small graphic household pieces and jewellery with experimental materials. Last year the duo introduced their abstract Patina clock collection in two-toned oxidised copper and brass. For 2015 they have gone one step further and just released a more intensely corroded colour for the geometric clock. A combination of green and blue come together in the ruined bronze plate which is mounted on hardwood to be hung on the wall. The Patina is also available in desktop version and the studio is set to release bottle openers in the same oxidised stain.


Arte Veneziana / Rivalto Home
Price on request

Experts in glass and mirrors, Venetian manufacturers Arte Veneziana have recently established Rivalto Home - a new research brand which launched in Salone del Mobile this year. Taking their traditional and specialist hand in creating quality glass pieces, they have concieved this geometrical mirror and valet stand. Made from a mix of marble, polished brass and gloss black lacquer, the piece adopts multiple angles with the hexagonal mirror, golden stands and rectangular marble base.

Rounded Metal Planters

Brook & Lyn
Small planter $1,150

Brook & Lyn founded in 2009 and has travelled from East forming in New York and moved West Coast, settling their studio in LA. Since experiencing the Californian dessert lifestyle, the husband-wife duo have set to create cosy homes for the robust plants that live in the hot and harsh conditions. They have produced these handmade curvaceous metal planters taking inspiration from the shape of succulents of the desert. In contrast to cacti and other sharp plants, the cylinders are smooth, shiny and slightly feminine in pastel hues such as, pale grey and subtle beige; they are also available in an assortment of sizes.

Matchbox Cover

By Lassen
Cover from £14

Keeping in line with the refined simplicity of the 1962-designed Kubus candle, By Lassen maintains its form for elegant aesthetic minimalism with a new line of matchbox covers. The Copenhagen-based brand has given the humble object a more ornamental, decorative face by covering their rough paper structures. The elegant little piece exists in three forms – powder-coated black and white, and a brass-plated iteration – which slide carefully over the box. In addition, the brand has also revealed a set of purposefully decorative matchboxes, printed with original geometric designs created by Mogens and Flemming Lassen.

'Ora' mirror

Zoe Mowat

Montreal-based Quebequienne designer Zoe Mowat just presented her Ora Mirror series, giving a bi-dimensional shape to her colour-rich designs. The designer’s first experiment with a flat surface features all the elements usually recurring in her work, from a brave use of colour and material to her penchant for asymmetric compositions. The mirrors’ round shape is framed by a subtle coloured edge, with further curved details made of mismatched pieces of brass, marble and stained wood, giving the mirror a light, floating appearance.


Martin Mestmacher / GObyMM

Designer Martin Mestmacher launched GObyMM with long-term business partner Bodo Niklas in 2014. Their pieces are sophisticated compositions that focus on shape research as the basis for furniture pieces and updated lifestyle objects. The COM:POS:ITION 2.2 is a large-scale wardrobe accessory which functions as a clothes rack, mirror and holder of small objects. The black powder coated steel frame holds a simple round mirror and a drawer made of oak timber, each element arranged in asymmetry with the other and with the structure. 'The single components are individual, different and asymmetric but all together considered in balance,' says the designer, who created the piece in a series of three different compositions.

'Goncen' lamp

William Pianta / Nahoor
Price on request

Designer William Pianta’s desire to re-interpret the values of Italian design language and explore light's functions resulted in Nahoor, a brand that produces small collections of subtly modern pieces made by artisans. Pianta’s Goncen light is an outdoor table light inspired by lanterns, available as a wireless lamp with a rechargeable LED as well as a wired version which reproduces a more natural candlelight. The minimal metal base (available in chromed or brushed brass as well as shiny or matte black and white painted versions) is attached to a handle which forms the piece’s silhouette, holding a frosted Murano glass dome.

Bialik dressing unit

David Amar

Originating from a private commission for a house in Tel Aviv, David Amar’s Bialik collection combines a vintage eclectic style with modern flair. The collection revolves around a central dressing unit, while also including a daybed and four benches, which double as low shelving units. The dressing unit is a free-standing structure of three powder-coated steel frames connected to a dark cast concrete base. A full-length mirror, dressing table and screen swivel around the base, affording a flexible set-up. The Bialik collection is an archetypal example of Amar’s design style: the RCA graduate has developed a series of projects that show a strong sensibility for structural shapes with an asymmetric identity, accompanied by a sapient and bold use of colour.

'Robe' valet stand

Markus Kraus

The furniture of Hamburg-based designer Markus Kraus focuses on a limited range of colours and materials, which he combines to produce his spare, minimal forms. The Robe valet stand, which Kraus presented at this year's Salone Satellite, comes in white lacquered or natural wood with steel elements, and is inspired by the way we casually hang clothes on the back of a chair. The valet’s sculptural composition appears as a random structure at first, with wooden panels of different widths and heights arranged in a triangle for hanging different garments, and a tray in the middle for storing smaller items.

'BAR' tap

Natalino Malasorti / CEA

Inspired by essential geometric forms and lines, the design of the 'BAR' tap was conceived by Natalino Malasorti to appear timeless and essential, combining a robust smoothness with an elegant flow. Italian stainless steel specialist CEA developed the tap with a new waterfall jet concept, offering enhanced water saving and hygiene benefits through mixers equipped with hydro progressive ceramic cartridges. Made of stainless steel and available in both satin and polished finishes, the BAR progresses Malasorti’s legacy of clean design, combining intuitive functionality with discreet sophistication.

'Miss Marble Jar'

Lorenza Bozzoli

Marble has been making its way into all corners of design – along with its opulent existence on walls and floors, it is increasingly being used as an experimental material for smaller objects. Released during Salone del Mobile was this 'Miss Marble Jar', created by Milanese designer Lorenza Bozzoli. Available to buy at design boutique Spazio Pontaccio, the multi-purpose container has a functional shape for everyday use. However, its form is made precious through the alternating colours and materials – block white Carrara is used for the body and black Marquina for the lid, the two then bound together with a thin brass latch.

Available soon at WallpaperSTORE*


Nigel Coates / Nude
From £22.50

British architect Nigel Coates has designed these curvaceous glasses to enhance the taste of wine. Created for Turkish glassware brand Nude, the collection titled ‘Headsup’ – a nod to the slightly anthropomorphic forms of the pieces – includes wine glasses, champagne flutes and tumblers. The chalice-style pieces are carefully carved, with a graduated structure that is larger on top to ‘open up and oxygenate’ the liquid – a design that affords the wine a fuller flavour. 'Headsup' was designed during a six day workshop organised by ‘Glass is Tomorrow’, an association that draws together global experts in the centuries old art of glass making.

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.

'Nick’ bed

Luca Nichetto / Molteni & C

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.

‘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.

‘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.

‘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.

‘Marmo Domestico’ collection

Thévoz-Choquet / Bloc Studios
‘Marmo Domestico’ candleholder, €315; tray, €280; ball, €120; box, €180

ÉCAL graduates Virgile Thévoz and Josephine Choquet celebrate the wonders of marble in this collection of furniture and objects, created for new Italian brand Bloc Studio. Carved from industrially salvaged blocks of Carrara marble, the collection includes tables, stools, trays accessorised with matching marble spheres, tower-like candleholders and hanging plant pots.

'Divine Tools' set

Olivia Lee
Price on request

Singaporean industrial designer Olivia Lee has a fascination with the concept of beauty, which is evident in all her work. Her latest endeavour is a collection of nine drawing tools inspired by the Ancient Greeks' quest for divinity in mathematics, science and art. Lee's tool set is designed to aid in the use of the golden ratio, resulting in a collection that is at once beautiful and creates beauty.
'Instruments of Beauty: Divine Tools'

White urn

Hilda Hellström

The Sedimentation Series by Swedish designer Hilda Hellström is an ongoing material research that 'started out as an investigation of what we conceive as fake in opposition to the real.' Inspired by ancient rock formation, the artificial surfaces are made of jesmonite tinted in a variety of colours and used as the base for tiles, vases and furniture.

'Euclideanism' mirror set

Juyoung Kim / Metafaux

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.

'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.

'Tafla' mirror


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.

'Brinkk' sideboard

Natalia Wieteska

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.

'Extend' mirror

Neri & Hu / De La Espada

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.

'Copacabana' mirror

Price on request

Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec of Oitoemponto studio made their first foray into design with a diverse tribute to the great names of brutalist Brazilian architecture, from Lina Bo Bardi to Salvador Candia. The Nossabossanova collection includes seating, lighting and sideboards featuring 'couture' marquetry. The 'Copacabana' mirror in particular is a sensual piece, which marries Brazil's design roots with the designers' sophisticated style.


Jacopo Ferrari / Federazione Italiana del Design
Price on request

Jacopo Ferrari is part of a group of ten Italian designers who joined their forces under the aegis of the Federazione Italiana del Design (FID). The association is committed to working with local craftsmen on projects that combine modern rigor with playful attitudes. Ferrari’s squeezer, part of FID’s latest themed venture honing in on terracotta, features a classic shape enhanced by a rubber band which acts as both gasket and hinge.

'Runcible' kitchen utensils

Mathias Hahn
Price on request

London-based designer Mathias Hahn looked at the origin of kitchen utensils for his Runcible collection. Produced in collaboration with AHEC using solid hard maple, the utensils’ shapes are inspired by familiar archetypes and their use is open to interpretation.