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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Bruno Jahara / Riva

A collaborative project between Brazilian brand Jahara and chef Ivan Ralston, 'Tuju' is a collection of gold-finished stainless steel tools made to harvest and serve food. Manufactured by Brazilian tableware brand Riva, each hand polished piece is organically shaped: the ergonomic form of each piece in this three-piece knife set make them both easy to use and beautiful to display.

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Tito Toso / Pedrali
From €271

Lightweight and contemporary, these newly designed tables by Tito Toso for Italian manufacturer Pedrali can neatly fit into any room environment. Available in an assortment of colours and materials, including marble and steel, in black, white and turquoise, the geometric pieces arrive in different heights with four trapezoidal steel rods holding up each of the square and round tops.



Julie Richoz / Louis Poulsen

Made for those with a large banqueting hall and epic high ceilings, this colossal pendant is the work of Swiss-French designer Julie Richoz, for Danish lighting wizards Louis Poulson. The architectural style structure is formed of six layered aluminium shades to reach its 800mm height. Realised in a purist white hue to keep the boldly large silhouette refined, its subtle curves allow the light to be altered creating shadows through the shade.


'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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'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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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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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.



Gio Ponti / L'Abbate

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.

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Patrick Jouin / Puiforcat

Taken from Patrick Jouin's 'Zermatt' stainless steel flatware collection for Parisian silversmith Puiforcat, this water jug features all the markers of the series: sharp edges, elongated lines and surfaces polished to a mirror finish. Launched in 2010, the collection was Jouin's first and is exhibited at the Centre Pompidou Museum in Paris and New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.

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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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La Pipe

Friends and Founders

Designed by Ida Linea Hildebrand, one half of Copenhagen-based duo Friends & Founders, the 'La Pipe' dining chair is a refined and contemporary seat. The smooth, curving lines of the chair's back echoes the high-quality, soft leather, whilst the slender, gold-tone metal legs effortlessly balance the seat. The 'La Pipe' collection is inspired by shapely tobacco pipes and comprises a low lounge chair and a high bar chair. Available in striking blush pink or charcoal hues, they can be playfully paired for eclectic dinner parties.



Michele De Lucchi / Produzione Privata

The minimal, round Benedetto table is a creation of famed Italian designer Michele De Lucchi for Produzione Privata. The solid oak piece is hand-treated with natural oil, in order to preserve the wood’s original character. It is created in the specialist carpentry workshop of Riva 1920 in Cantù, Italy.

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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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Luca Nichetto / De La Espada
From £3522

In a combination of subtle shapes and shades, Italian designer Luca Nichetto presents this simplistic dining table. Minimalist in its appearance yet composed from a bold mix of tubular marble legs and a thin hardwood tabletop, the contrasting materials allows for a contemporary and slightly abstract finish. Manufactured in Northern Portugal by De La Espada, the model also arrives in a round model and darker Negro Marquina marble for an opposing warmer aesthetic.


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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Oak/ Marblelous rings

Josep Vila Capdevila / Aparentment
£84 / £174

The ring tray was created by industrial designer and founder of Barcelona-based studio Aparentment, Josep Vila Capdevila. Made of oak or marble, this subtle yet strong design inspires calmness, balance and excellence. A functional and refined piece, it makes for the perfect dinning table centrepiece. The Marble version also exists as part of the 'Marbelous' range created by Vila Capdevil in 2013 that includes mirrors, wine holders and candle holders. all centred around Carrara.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*


Alpine chairs


Precision is key with the Alpine collection by Ries, an Argentinian furniture project by Mark Altgelt, Second Denegri and Tasio Picollo. The geometric collection includes tables, shelving and these liner and skeletal chairs. Harking back to basics, the piece works with the core structure, created from indepth research into proportions and the space it occupies. Made up of steel and powder coated metal, the seat's textured form contrasts from its sharp framework.


Five-piece tea set


Amsterdam-based company Zens creates home accessories for the perfect daily tea or coffee ritual. Their handmade specialty products include this contemporary, Asian-inspired five-piece tea set, designed by Ming Liu. It includes a double walled glass teapot (pot and glass infuser), two double-walled glass cups, a bamboo infuser holder and one bamboo plate. The set boasts an experimental, scientific style that lends itself to the spirituality of oriental tea drinking.

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Antigone Acconci and Riccardo Bastiani / Mingardo

This fruit holder is taken from Antigone Acconci and Riccardo Bastiani's 'Elementa' collection for Mingardo, which encompasses brass table and kitchen accessories. Driven by discs and cylinders and constructed from a mix of brass and iron, this contemporary fruit holder offers a clean, graphic look, which is striking enough to be a talking point, even when not in use.

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From Pentagon Design's 'Contour' collection for Nude, this bold crystal bowl is distinctive for the thick, bold copper rim which runs the circumference of its base, creating a visual illusion that makes the bowl seem at once solid and ethereal. The unusual silhouette and curvature of the bowl highlights its rich metallic sheen, emphasised by the change in glass density as one nears the rim.

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Plug Bowl

Tomas Kral / PCM

What was once a graduate project for Slovakia-born designer Tomas Kral is now a timeless design piece. Produced in collaboration with Spanish brand PCM, the perfectly formed bowl is crafted from pure cork to create the intricate grooves and detailing in the comprehensive and organic material. The plug range also merges cork with blown glass to form a unique collection which includes vases and lighting

Available at WallpaperSTORE*


Simple dancing handles

Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali / Th Manufacture

Designed by Jeanne Bonnefoy-Mercuriali for French brand TH Manufacture, the 'Dancing Hands' vase is crafted from white Limoges porcelain. Drawing inspiration from antique water pots native to Palestine, the vase's unique and almost otherworldly design is a fine combination of Bonnefoy-Mercuriali's Middle-Eastern meets European influence.

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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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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.