February 2015

Wallpaper* Design Awards

With a limited edition cover by Marina Abramović

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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'Traveler' chair

Stephen Burks / Roche Bobois
$11,800

To celebrate its 40th anniversary in the US market, Roche Bobois enlisted New Yorker Stephen Burks to design seating inspired by the transatlantic relationship. The designer applied his multicultural approach to a duo of chairs reflecting the aesthetic identities of Europe and America. The European model (pictured) is a sleek combination of lacquered steel and woven leather, crafted into a sexy, graphic shape.

www.roche-bobois.com

'Degré' seating by Eric Chevalier for Domeau & Pérès

Eric Chevalier / Domeau & Pérès
Price on request

French designer Eric Chevalier's background in textile design has given him a rare sensibility for fabric and colour. His latest collection of seating, designed in collaboration with French editeur Domeau & Pérès, is a graceful set of four seats resting on Plexi legs, in colours ranging from leaf green, with a 90-degree back, to a 120-degree inclined, dark mint back.

domeauperes.com

‘Wing’ sofa

Antonio Citterio / Flexform
£7,397

Antonio Citterio and Flexform celebrated their prolifc 40-year collaboration with a new selection of pieces that cover all furnishing bases, from tables and seating systems to lamps. With a lightness of form that’s enhanced by its modular shape and a low, detached back, the ‘Wing’ sofa is classic Citterio. Two discreet metal legs ensure the seat appears to float, cloud-like, in the living space.

www.flexform.it

‘Edi’ table lamp

Alberto Biagetti / Venini
€1,650

Milan-based Alberto Biagetti’s ‘Edi’ series of lamps is inspired by Thomas Edison’s most revolutionary invention. In a quest to reimagine the light bulb, he and Venini’s expert glassmakers produced this elongated, polychromatic version on a brass base.

www.venini.com

‘Controra’ armchair

Ron Gilad / Molteni & C
€3,310

Controra is a southern Italian notion that indicates the early hours of the afternoon, traditionally dedicated to resting. The word was aptly chosen to name Ron Gilad’s new seating collection, where a generous velvet seat overflows from a rigid wooden frame.

www.molteni.it

‘Fagiolo’ table

Roberto Lazzeroni / Ceccotti Collezioni
From €1,980

Roberto Lazzeroni’s study of symmetry and asymmetry in wooden structures has been at the centre of his work for Ceccotti Collezioni since the 1990s. His latest piece, the ‘Fagiolo’ table, is a minimal addition to this project. Available in a variety of colours and fnishes, the small double-decker table is made of a solid American walnut frame holding two bean-shaped tops in marble and glass – fagiolo being the Italian word for bean.

www.ceccotticollezioni.it

'Loop' sideboard

Goula/Figuera and Fāctil
Price on request

With its seamless solid-oak shuttered façade devoid of any handles, it's not immediately obvious how Alvaro Goula's Loop sideboard is opened. Instead, users must locate the two slats, which are not attached to the runner, push them inwards and then slide the shutters apart. The looped steel bar legs provide additional structural support, allowing the shutters to be opened all the way around to the back.

www.factildesign.com

‘Afordances #1’ side table

Jonathan Zawada / Matter
$3,200

Supplied through New York design emporium Matter, the 'Affordances #1 (You Only Reincarnate Infinitely)' series by Australian designer Jonathan Zawada is an open edition of side tables, each made from three intersecting slices of marble, granite or synthetic stone. Due to their simple construction, the tables are all flat-packed and the components can be interchanged to create bespoke compositions of colour and texture.

mattermatters.com

‘Candelabra’ side table

Heba Hammad at The American University of Sharjah
Prototype

Made up of layered panels of polycarbonate threaded onto steel rods, Egyptian designer Heba Hammad's ethereal side table was originally designed to display burning candles. The melted wax was intended to spill over into the polycarbonate cells, creating wax trails that become part of the design. Since then, 'Candelabra' has evolved into a celebration of its own existence, functioning as a minimalist and transparent objet d'art.

www.aus.edu

'Veto' bench

Rasha Dakkak at The American University of Sharjah
Prototype

Crafted from layered sections of CNC-cut plywood, Rasha Dakkak's Veto table spells out two Arabic words inspired by the dissent expressed in the Middle East during the Arab Spring. The table reads ‘la’ (meaning refusal, denial or disbelief) when viewed from one side and ‘kalla’ (indicating strong disapproval, protest or objection) when viewed from the other.

www.aus.edu

'Zigzag' rug

Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost / Chevalier Édition
€6,720

Given their broad portfolio of buildings that feature zig-zagging metal mesh and strong geometry, it's perhaps not surprising that Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost of French firm DPA have designed a geometric rug called 'Zigzag' for Chevalier Édition. Made in luxurious hand knotted wool and/or silk, the zigzag pattern also informs the rug's shape, with its jutting, uneven edges.

www.chevalier-edition.com

'Earth' rug

Nanimarquina / Skandium
€2,100

Established in 1987 by Nani Marquina, this Spanish rug brand has become one of the country’s most celebrated design companies. The Earth Rug from the brand's Natural collection is made from soft jute fibres and is available in five earthy tones such as ochre and terracotta. The fibres are 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable, making them not only kind to the environment but also insulating and antistatic to boot.

www.skandium.com/