September 2015

Style special

With a limited edition cover by Marc Quinn

THE W* HOUSE

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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'Mixed Marble Coffee Table'

Brian Thoreen
$24,600

Brian Thoreen’s pieces are fluid interpretations of furniture. His tables, commodes, consoles and lamps all start from a familiar archetype and end somewhere between an artistic experiment and a bold design expression. The Los Angeles-based designer also works on architectural spaces and installations, always showing a particular sensibility for the composition of materials. This is particularly evident in his mixed marble coffee table, which resulted from an exploration of the random patterns that could be achieved with the brass base elements. The table's mixed marble surfaces were then randomly intersected to achieve its unusual shape, creating an unexpected patterned artwork.

www.brianthoreen.com

'Sesann' sofa

Gianfranco Frattini / Tacchini
Price on request

Tacchini is bringing back one of Gianfranco Frattini’s most relevant designs. The 'Sesann' seating system, designed by the Italian architect in 1970, is a combination of free form and rigorous lines that collide with quintessential Italian modernism. The sofa’s shape results from a composition of a soft seating element constricted into a tubular metal frame, which mould its form giving life to the head- and armrests. Flamboyant and at the same time precise, the Sesann is for Frattini ‘just a design synthesis – a thought, a story and an idea: a symbolic manifestation of the best experiences of the past and a proposal for the future of the discipline.’

www.tacchini.it

‘Flip it!’ tables

Marte Frøystad
Price on request

Norwegian designer Marte Frøystad’s ‘Flip it!’ tables suggest a playful approach to furniture. The classic round table is carved up into a variety of shapes, which can be paired together like a jigsaw or used individually, and the tabletops are reversible, with each side covered in a different coloured linoleum.

‘Ala’ armchair

Sebastian Herkner / La Cividina
Price on request

Sebastian Herkner’s ‘Ala’ seating collection for La Cividina was inspired by decorative plate racks and features a range of sofas and armchairs with detachable armrests. Built on metal or wooden frames, and covered in fabric or leather, they gracefully blend sinuous lines with geometric compositions.

www.lacividina.com

'Sydney’ dofa

Jean-Marie Massaud / Poliform
Price on request

Jean-Marie Massaud’s latest contribution to Poliform’s portfolio combines rigid geometry with squashy comfort. Named in honour of the Australian city, the design of the sofa is inspired by Sydney’s aesthetic vibrancy, and is available in fabric and leather coverings with eight stitching options, three matching pillows, and oak accessories such as side tables, trays and armrests.

www.poliform.it

‘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.

www.bloc-studios.com

'Hangzhou' stool

Atelier Chen Min
Price on request

'Hangzhou is considered a city filled with the most happiness and satisfaction in China,' says designer Min Chen, when describing the inspiration behind his seat, named after the city. His piece is composed of 16 layers of bamboo veneers in different lengths, bent to create an arched stool of elastic panels that bend changing shape when sitting on it.

www.chen-min.com

'Stalker' side table

Studio Hausen / Foundry
SGD425 (£206)

Stalker, designed by German design firm Studio Hausen for Singapore-based label and store Foundry, is a small table that plays with an iconic shape and extreme angles. The three-legged table is made of a solid oak or walnut base with a round top, available in a white or black stained ash wood.

www.foundrycollection.com

'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.

www.industryplus.com.sg

'Chair 1'

Jinil Park
£1878

A sketch that becomes a chair: South Korean designer Jinil Park has made his line drawings come to life by creating literal, three-dimensional objects based on his illustrations. His rough sketch of a chair became the minimally-named 'Chair 1', a black scribble of lines that is part of a larger collection including a table and lighting.

www.jinilpark.com

'Euclideanism' mirror set

Juyoung Kim / Metafaux
€245

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.

www.metafauxdesign.com

'Obsession' chair

Kwangho Lee
€9900

Korean designer Kwangho Lee began designing and making objects as a tribute to his ingenious grandfather, who used to produce small tools and pieces with found materials. His Obsession chair is part of the designer's exploration of knotted volumes, which he has applied to small and large-scale furniture alike. 'Long wires, varying in length from 10 to 300 meters, is weaved in a specially developed manner,' he explains. 'Electric wires are turned into a sculptural object revealing intriguing technical skills.'

www.victor-hunt.com/collection/kwangho-lee