Oct 2015

Guest Editors

Starring William Wegman and Liz Diller


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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Gabriele and Oscar Buratti / Alias
Price on request

Ever since the birth of their 'Spaghetti' chair back in 1979, creating shapely forms has been in the DNA of Italian brand Alias. The 'Saen' dining table, by designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti, also follows this brand aesthetic. Available in both square and round top iterations, the free flowing table stands along on a solid circular concrete leg, leading up to the contrasting thin and refined natural oak surface.


'Plinto' table

Andrea Parisio / Meridiani
Price on request

Andrea Parisio’s table for Italian furniture maker Meridiani is a sophisticated celebration of sculptural lines and colour compositions. Its asymmetrical structure gives it a dynamic look and contributes to a design that mixes a modern language with traditional materials and construction. The sculptural bronzed brass frame is combined with the lacquered terracotta top, with a horizontal support in the same material offering a stronger base to the large top. 'Plinto' is part of a larger collection that subtly redefines the classic table shape and features a variety of woods and marbles combined with metal and colour.


'Maritime Boomerang' bench

Very Good and Proper
From £4450

Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum in London’s Greenwich, the team at Very Good and Proper didn’t just look at classic nautical references. Their Boomerang Bench takes cues from surf, with a shape referencing the flat boards and materials inspired by the kneels of small boats. Available in Oak or Walnut, the bench is elegant yet solid, and a brilliant direction for museum furniture.


'Cucina Futurista' chair

On request

Viennese design duo Maciej Chmara and Ania Rosinke have once again drawn upon their interest with design for food when mastering their latest piece. The 'Cucina Futurista' chair has been created in conjunction with the upcoming culinary design exhibition at the Museum of Applied arts during Vienna Design week this autumn. Inspired by the modernist Thonet chairs that the couple used to collect as students, they have taken to steel as their material of choice for this shapely piece. Made from a singular moulded piece to create four legs in triangular angles, the simplistic yet playful structure is attached to two contrasting wooden circles for the backrest and seat. Currently produced in black and red, there are plans for more colourful options in the pipeline.


'DAO' chair

Shin Azumi / CoEdition
Price on request

Since its launch in 2014, French editeur CoEdition has presented an extremely well-curated series of furniture pieces. Working with the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Rodolfo Dordoni and Michael Anastassiades on modern pieces, the company has established a style of essential lines and beautifully made furniture. Fresh from this year’s Salone del Mobile, Shin Azumi’s DAO chair is a simple seat perched atop a minimal lacquered metal frame. The shape finds its roots in traditional Scandinavian design, here merged with the designer’s Japanese sensibility. It’s available in two versions: with a lacquered seat as a total black version, or with natural oak contrasting with the simple frame.



TAF Architects / Muuto
On request

Swedish architectural practice TAF has once again contributed to Muuto’s portfolio of quintessentially modern Scandinavian furniture and home accessories with the Ambit light collection. The Stockholm based studio’s pendant light, available in black, white, mint green and pastel pink versions, is a functional lighting piece with a strong character, both discreet and timeless. The lampshade is manufactured following old brazier traditions: the piece is press spun, polished and finally painted by hand in the distinctive hues. A well-proportioned addition to any domestic environment, Ambit’s forms are as attractive as they are practical.



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.


‘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.


'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.


‘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.


'Bavaresk’ table

Christophe de la Fontaine / Dante Goods and Bads

Designer Christophe de la Fontaine founded German furniture brand Dante Goods and Bads with the aim of producing objects that create an emotional connection rather than fulfil a practical need. The ‘Scenes from the Prairie’ collection combines vintage sophistication with a contemporary design language, and includes the intriguing ‘Bavaresk’ table, featuring a marble top with a trio of lacquered wooden legs, in white, yellow or red.


'Densen' dining chair


The handmade Densen chair by NY-based trio Egg collective is a simple shape of solid wood in an elegant finish. A combination of opulent feel and minimalist execution, the chair can be offered in walnut or bleached maple with a hair-on-hide seat.


'Stratifications' tray

Krzysztof Lukasik
Price on request

Krzysztof Lukasik's experiments with the compositional possibilities of stone come to a climax with his 'Stratifications' collection. The collection's essential shapes are achieved by slicing marble and gluing it together like plywood. The tray, made of Mareuil Limestone, is a monumental shape that combines lightness with a rigorous construction.


'Aureola' tea set

Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva / Mjölk

Italian designer Luca Nichetto and Russian designer Lera Moiseeva have spent a long time observing tea rituals from all over the world. Their research has finally come to fruition with the 'Aureola' tea set, created for Toronto-based design gallery and lifestyle store Mjölk. Made of ceramic and wood, the stackable tea set comprises a pot, filter and a pair cups bearing circular graphic details that represent the spreading of the heat in the vessels.


'Shanty' sideboard

Doshi Levien / BD Barcelona
Price on request

Inspired by improvised houses across the globe, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien's 'Shanty' sideboard references the colourful corrugated surfaces used on homes from Brazil to India. Available in an array of monochromatic hues as well as a multicoloured version, the asymmetric cupboard celebrates the beauty of temporary architecture.


Oil pipe, pitcher, sugar container and pourer

Aldo Bakker / Georg Jensen Living

Aldo Bakker scrutinised the Georg Jensen archives when designing a collection of his own for the brand, and the result is a modern tribute to the master Henning Koppel. The collection combines functional design with sculptural forms – we particularly admire the stark yet elegant oil pipe (above left).


'Touchwood' chair

Lars Beller Fjetland / Discipline
Price on request

Italian manufacturer Discipline presented a varied offering, featuring playful yet beautiful designs. The standout piece was Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland’s ‘Touchwood’ stackable chair. In line with Discipline’s mission to use only natural materials, ‘Touchwood’ comes in five delicious tones that emphasise the wood grain.


'Rock' table

Jean-Marie Massaud / MDF Italia

There is something majestic about Jean-Marie Massaud’s ‘Rock’ table for MDF Italia. Its elegance stems from the contrast between the heavy base and the more delicate top, available in smoked glass and matt-lacquered MDF versions. The tabletop sits on a whopping piece of moulded ultra high-performance fibre-reinforced cement, in natural or grey finishes, with subtle colour variations resulting from the drying and maturation process.


'True Colour' vases

Lex Pott

Dutch designer Lex Pott’s fascination with materials and their natural forms is the basis of his intriguing vase collection. The eight cylinders feature copper, aluminium, brass and steel, paired with their oxidised counterparts. It’s a collection that plays on contrasts, the shiny metals standing out against the tarnished pinks, greens and blues.


‘Tetatet’ table lamp

Davide Groppi

Named after the French phrase for an intimate conversation, Davide Groppi’s candle-like 'Tetatet’ table lamp envelops those sitting around it in a warm sphere of light. Launched as part of the designer's 'The Light In the Pot' collection, inspired by restaurant lighting, the wireless, battery-powered lamp unites both conversation and dining.


'Corner' chair

Gregor Jenkin and William Kentridge
£1,000 each

When world-renowned South African artist William Kentridge became the first person to buy one of Capetonian designer Gregor Jenkin’s tables, it was the start of a working relationship that has led to several international exhibitions. The torn and jagged edges of the duo’s 'Corner' chairs are laser-cut from Valchromat, a wood fibre panel with a paper-like quality.


‘Mantis’ side chair

Bassam Fellows
€2,000 (excluding cushion)

Although it was only introduced in 2008, the 'Mantis' chair by Bassam Fellows has all the hallmarks of a design classic. Characterised by commanding, sculpted arms that evoke the praying mantis, the solid walnut design fits seamlessly into all settings: traditional and modern, residential and contract.


‘Maxhedron’ light

Bec Brittain / Roll & Hill

When it’s switched off, the mirrored-glass surfaces of Bec Brittain’s 'Maxhedron' lamp reflect their surroundings, camouflaging the light within the space. When it’s turned on, the mirror becomes translucent and the lights, positioned in the corners where the glass panels meet, resemble a constellation of stars.


'Uplight Down'

Jordi Canudas Studio

As its name suggests, the 'Uplight Down' pendant lamp by Barcelona-based designer Jordi Canudas literally flips the light source upside down. The lamp projects the sharp, omni-directional light of its LED bulb upwards and then diffuses it across the textured, acrylic shade. The result is a soft, indirect light that creates a comfortable and homely ambience.


'Net' armchair


Cord is woven around the slim, tubular aluminium frame of Barcelona brand Kettal’s stackable armchair to create a pliable seat, backrest and arm rests. Discreet back and seat pads available in Kettal’s wide range of fabrics complete the design.


'Ebony' cutlery set

Cutipol / The Conran Shop
£86 for six-piece set

Portuguese cutlery maker, Cutipol, continues to set the benchmark in terms of covetable flatware designs. Its Ebony range is a sophisticated union of wood and metal that evokes elegance and luxury in spite of its simple form.



Gene Wiseman / Kaufmann Mercantile

The New York-based online store Kaufmann Mercantile has created its dream pocket knife with a help from knife-maker Gene Wiseman. Comprising a single, rust-resistant D-2 blade, brass and steel joinery and a micarta handle, the classic knives are handmade by Wiseman - who runs a small workshop in the Oklahoma outback - to the store's custom specifications over the course of two days. Simple and elegant, each knife tucks securely into its handle for ease of use.


'Standard Ware' ceramics

Fort Standard / 1882 Ltd
£50 - £60

Fort Standard extended its creative reach to include ceramics this year. The Brooklyn-based design label unveiled a family of faceted bone china tumblers for the British brand 1882 during ICFF this year. Each vessel comprises three different segments, making for a shape that is rounder and easier to handle overall.



Bernaer Design / Bernaer Design
From €15

Bernaer Design is the creative force behind this playful set of versatile tableware. The straightforward, yet imaginative collection comes in all shapes and sizes, and accommodates a multitude of uses. Each wooden piece is painted on one side and unadorned on the other, which makes them not only suited to serving hot food, but to doubling up as coasters and trivets as well.


'Glassdrop' pendant lamps

Diesel and Foscarini
Price on request

Designed by Diesel's in-house creative team and brought to life by Italian brand Foscarini, the atmospheric 'Glassdrop' suspension lamps make a dramatic addition to the dining room. Particularly effective when hung in clusters, the droplet-shaped, blown-glass shades have a chrome aluminium finish that when switched off has a polished mirror effect, but when turned on adopts an alluring amber glow.