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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Rooms / Kitchen


Steel Spin Duo

MGS Milano
From £1,320

Impossibly sleek, this new model by Milanese tap experts MGS is made with a refined and unique black stainless steel giving it a modern matt finish. The quality of the product is elevated through an innovative new vapour deposition (PVD) technique so that the colour is embedded in the material, rather than coated, keeping it seamless throughout its use. The model is available in a duo form with a soap dispenser or trio with an additional filter tap.


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.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

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.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*

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.

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.

'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*

‘Château 150 Carbon Edition’ range cooker

La Cornue

To celebrate the 50th birthday last year of its iconic ‘Château 150’ range cooker, designed by André Dupuy in 1964, French kitchen maker La Cornue created a version with a matt-black carbon-fibre finish. The ‘Château 150 Carbon Edition’ one-of model proved so popular it is now being produced and is available to order. Handmade in La Cornue’s Parisian workshops, it is equipped with the firm’s new G4 oven system. Based on the Château collection’s signature vaulted oven, the G4 features a circular burner and a cast-iron RCC disk, the company’s patented invention, which difuses and regulates heat.

'SubSea' coffee set

Vera & Kyte
Price on request

Young Norwegian designers Vera Kleppe and Åshild Kyte have created this coffee set as part of an Ideal Lab workshop on local identity. A tribute to their country’s powerful subsea industries, it was devised after observing the coastal city of Fløro and its transient community of migrant oil workers. The slow-brewing set was designed to promote social interaction in the workspace, with a functional aesthetic inspired by the instruments and machinery of the offshore oil rigs. The collection includes a tray, cups, milk jug, sugar bowl, coffee pot and coffee dripper in black porcelain and yellow lacquered metal.


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.

'Xtend+' shelf unit

From £3,000 per unit

'Xtend+' is a wall-fitted aluminium shelving system with individually lit shelves, featuring remotely controlled horizontal slats that can be closed to form a smooth wall surface or opened entirely or partially, and individually, reimagining the space above the countertop. There's no need for a separate remote - the control app is available for your iPhone.

'Sine Tempore' kitchen system

From £1,600 per m

Making use of inlays, carvings, mosaics and a high degree of customisation, this kitchen series amounts to a virtually bespoke service. At its heart is a section added to the worktop, available in a range of aluminium, stainless steel or stone finishes (pictured). This can contain, or conceal, everything from a herb garden to all the essential kitchen equipment.

'P'7350' kitchen

Pogenpohl and Porsche Design Studio
Price on request

German brands Pogenpohl and Porsche Design Studio have joined forces to create the 'P'7340' kitchen. Porsche's subtle, masculine design aesthetic is clear to see. Kitchen elements can be slotted into an aluminium framework in any confguration, while the finishes - black-lacquer worktops, open-grained wood and anodised metallics - marry form and function.

'Nuage' extractor hood

Fabrizio Crisà / Elica
From £1,000

Elica practically invented the extractor hood as high art. But its latest collection, by Fabrizio Crisà, couldn't be more self-effacing. 'Nuage' is designed expressly to blend into the kitchen architecture, and the external panel can be covered with plasterboard, tiles or paint. Beneath the hood, both filter and vented versions are available, while LED strips ofier a natural, daytime lighting eifect.

'DF 461/460 Vario' dishwasher

From €2,070

Gaggenau has stripped back its new dishwasher collection to the realm of pure function. Concealed from view behind unit fronts, and available in two heights with various hinging options, these fully integrated machines offer almost limitless positional possibilities, while a new speed programme completes in under an hour.

‘Flexinduction’ hob


We were, we will admit, slow to come around to the many virtues of the induction hob. Easy-to-clean functionality is all very well, but it hardly quickens the pulse. Real chefs, we thought, like real fame. We were, we will admit, wrong. A new range of induction hobs from German manufacturer Bosch, doesn’t just look the part, but offers 17 different heat settings, reaches working temperature faster than can conceivably be possible and brings a pan of water to the boil in half the time of a conventional gas burner. The watchword here is fexibility. The clue is in the name.

'Terra.Cotto' pots

Stefania Vasques / Sambonet
€46 for pot with lid

Inspired by the tradition of cooking with terracotta, designer Stefania Vasques has devised a new line of cookware that makes the most of the material's gradual heat diffusion properties. Vasques' line is a modern vision of terracotta, whose slow, even cooking has come back in vogue. The five-piece range's minimalist, geometric aesthetics mirror the hearty fare that it produces. Vasques has even compiled a cookbook of recipes inspired by the ethos to boot.

'Essential Eating' kitchen

Peter Klint

An experienced carpenter, Peter Klint has been designing kitchens for over 25 years. With its simple and honest construction, his 'Essential Eating' model is a celebration of Nordic design. Its solid smoked oak frame cleverly features a series of trays that slide out and can be placed on the work surface for use as chopping or draining boards.

'Gravita' block

Studio Lievito
Price on request

From marble spaghetti measures to porcelain fruit bowls, Studio Lievito specialises in elegant kitchen accessories and tableware. The Italian trio's latest design, the 'Gravita' block, leaves us in no doubt as to where each of the kitchen utensils are kept. A sturdy wedge of oak houses a spatula, ladle and a slotted spatula that nest into the block's specially cut compartments. For the untidy chefs among us, each utensil features a handy wedge-shaped marble handle that when set down, elevates the messy head above the kitchen counter.

'Radice' stools

Industrial Facility / Mattiazzi
From €367 each

Sam Hecht and Kim Colin of British studio Industrial Facility have designed new stools for Italian manufacturer Mattiazzi by fusing together the front half of a traditional four-legged stool with a single supporting back leg to create a three-legged hybrid. Visually balanced and structurally sound, the stools have no visible fixings or screws and their seats appears to merely rest on the leg frame. On a more poetic note, the natural, yellow, red and black wood stain finish options are inspired by the changing colours of autumn leaves.

'Jumbo' pot

Daniel Gonzalez / Mütanta
From €90

We spotted this cast-iron pot, part of small cookware set by Czech designer Daniel Gonzalez, in Milan where it was shown as part of an exhibition by Prague's Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. A keen chef himself, Gonzalez wanted to create a heavy-duty range of pots and pans with a straightforward and long-lasting design. Comprising two saucepans and a cooking pot, the set was created as part of a graduation project in collaboration with Bohemian metal casting factory Stará Hut using traditional iron casting techniques.

'Gleam Shot' tumblers and 'Maple Circle' board

Miranda Watkins / Miranda Watkins
£29/pair; £58

Miranda Watkins' understanding of materials is key to her working process and contributes to the compelling beauty of these tumblers and cutting board. Each piece is precision engineered in high-grade materials and hand-finished in British workshops.

'Elementare' cutting board

Studio Lievito / Studio Lievito

Florence-based Studio Lievito has turned the acts of chopping, crumbling and rolling food into a game with this geometric cutting board. The marble sphere crumbles spices, the cylinder is for rolling dough and smashing meat, while the cube can be used to scale fish, and the prism holds a blade for chopping vegetables.

'Halo' egg cup

Solomia Zoumaras / Solomia Zoumaras

Zoumaras' work first caught our eye at the Royal College of Art degree show in London. Her work hinges around geometry and symmetry, drawing inspiration from architecture. This tabletop creation makes a sculpture out of the humble egg.

Rig-Tig mixing bowls

Jens Fager / Stelton
Starting from €14.99

Rig-Tig is the new line of kitchenware from Copenhagen-based brand Stelton that gets its name (Danish for 'right') from its mission to produce 'the right product, with the right design at the right price'. We feel it has hit the nail on the head with these mixing bowls by Swedish designer Jens Fager. Made from bamboo melamine, they have a pleasing texture and their curved top lip acts as a helpful pouring feature.

Toaster Oven

Plus Minus Zero / Plus Minus Zero
¥19,00 ($235)

Our love affair with multi-tasking, space saving gadgets hit another high when we plugged in this toaster oven by the homeware maven Plusminuszero. Overseen by creative director and legendary designer Naoto Fukusawa, the company produces the kind of pared back to the essentials products that only the Japanese seem to be capable of designing. The high shape of this compact toaster oven, itself a visual nod to a loaf of bread, makes it perfect for cooking everything from casseroles to reheating leftovers, while midnight snacks of croque monsieur are a snap to prepare.

'Natura' pots and pans


Slaving away in the kitchen is all very well for some, but we insist on doing our sautéing and braising with precisely the right equipment. And since we acquired this set of pots and pans by Urbino-based cookware specialists TVS, our cooking escapades here at Wallpaper* HQ have acquired an almost mythic Julia Childs quality about them. Made from recyclable materials and coated with hard wearing ceramic, these robust additions to our kitchen have turned the usual tedious mealtime prep into an unexpected pleasure.

'Loimi lamp'

Matti Syrälä / Kaamos Group
price on application

In Finnish, 'loimi' means 'warp', but we're assuming some liberty has been taken in the translation because there is nothing that resembles warping with this set of elegant pendant lamps. The designer Matti Syrälä is a member of Kaamos, a design collective that strives to blend the Finnish fondness for functionalism with artisanal craftsmanship. Of the resulting range of household furnishings and accessories, the Loimi lamp features the austere silhouette of an aluminium disc that's available in different shades. And because the electrical cord is partially encased in an attractive ash stem, the lamp can also be taken off the ceiling and positioned on any flat surface like a dining table or the floor.

'Tom & Jerry' Stools

Konstantic Grcic / Magis
price on application

We sometimes wonder just when the insanely prolific Konstantin Grcic finds the time to sleep. But as long as he keeps producing arresting pieces like this pair of three-legged beauties, we're not complaining. Riffing off the humble workshop stool, Grcic has moulded three strips of plain solid beech around a boldly coloured plastic swivel screw. The stools feature two different heights (hence, the moniker). These, in turn, are adjustable depending on the occasion and the need. Just be sure to grab the higher ground, as it were, and show who's the boss during one of those politically charged office conversations.

'Shiba' frying pan

Naoto Fukasawa / Alessi

Naoto Fukasawa has applied his distinctive brand of minimalism to a new range of pans for Alessi, named 'Shiba', after the small but agile Japanese dog. The designer limited himself just to pans that are strictly necessary for daily life for a family of four. With lids that are pleasingly flush to the base, the pans also come with the handle and knob in Bakelite, but we prefer the warmth of wood.