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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Rooms / Kitchen



Francesco Rota / Lapalma
Price on request

These versatile tables have been designed by LaPalma's art director Francesco Rota. Easily transportable with the bent handle feature, 'Jey' is comparable to chess pieces, arriving in a pure monochrome palette. Rota also plays with shape in the design: the solid bases are all cylinder, but the laminate tops come in a choice of different geometrical forms, lending itself to the Italian brand's modern design aesthetic.


Teg Cut

€ 590

Helsinki-based designer Tebian was inspired during a minor fall for his 'Teg Cut' tables. When he tripped to the ground, he noticed the natural flagstones that fill the streets of the Finnish capital, and replicated their forms in the triangular shapes of these tables. Made up of Carrara marble sitting on top of metal legs, the small three-legged side tables join together like a puzzle to make a larger table. The multifaceted pieces come together to make an assortment of table models, appearing rather minimalist in their separated form, but maximalist when connected with multiple legs webbed together. Photography: Krista Keltanen


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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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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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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Frederik Roijé
From €459

This barstool is the newest addition to the organic SeatShell collection by Netherlands based design studio Frederik Roijé. Chanelleing their graphic and modular style that imbues all of their collections, the geometric seat can be upholstered for a softer finish. Available in a smaller armchair version, the dynamic legs also come in a lacquered or natural ash for a plush or raw finish.


Wood kitchen cabinet

Studio Benedini Associati / Key Cucine & Agape12
Price on request

On display at the Agape 12 showroom in Milan is a kitchen cabinet on wheels. Designed top to toe in pure oak by Studio Benedini Associati for Key Cucine, the adaptable piece boasts a timeless look that is both naturally organic and modern. A multifaceted and multifunctional piece of kitchen furniture, it can be used as storage with different sized shelving, a dislay area, or even a refrigerator, tending to all needs. 


'Saetas' tray

Federico Churba and Patricio Lix Klett / Solantu

From Argentinian brand Solantu's 'Saetas' collection, designed by Federico Churba and Patricio Lix Klett, this medium-sized tray combines the beauty and richness of Patagonia with sustainable luxury. The natural brown wood is culled following the natural growth cycle of trees at the label's privately-owned forest, then carved into a unique folded diamond shape by local artisans using traditional techniques.

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Collection 22 Trolley

Studio Dessuant Bone
Price on request

Created as part of Collection 22 by Paris-based Studio Dessuant Bone, this trolley uses traditional marquetry to master its basic yet timeless design. Using geometric shapes, the finely crafted piece evokes a contemporary style with the large wheels and smart compartments. Studio Dessuant Bone design across the spectrum from installations to graphics, adopting a skillfully modern style in all of their projects. Collection 22 in particular has been produced as furniture for “Maison de Quartier Sémard” youth centre located in in Saint Denis.



GamFratesi / Skultuna

Designed by Danish-Italian duo Gamfratesi in 2014, the 'Karui' tray is a minimalist piece in brass, made using metal spinning, a classic Skultuna technique. The elegant round tray is slender and light, featuring a thin lip and a leather surface by leading Swedish tannery Tärnsjö.

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Composed from a series of thick black natural rattan strands, arranged diagonally, horizontally and vertically, AYTM's 'Basket' offers a strikingly graphic silhouette. The food-safe basket is extremely versatile and will find use in any room. Due to its construction from natural materials, each basket comes with its own unique characteristics. AYTM is made up of Danish designers Kathrine and Per Gran Hartvigsen who explore this type of special geometry in many of their pieces from cushions to candle stick holders.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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