Nov 2015

The 200th issue

With celebratory die-cut covers by Philippe Apeloig


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 / Living



Pool / Petite Friture

French design collective Petite Friture have collaborated with Léa Padovani and Sébastien Kieffer of Pool design studio to create 'Grid' - an assortment of modular shapes. The walnut semi-circular tablet, cylinder leather cushions and square cotton cushions are all multifunctional and moveable on the wooden and steel base. A geometric puzzle which also plays with colour in subtle greys and warmer tones, 'Grid' exists as a daybed, sofa and coffee table.


JinSik Kim
Price on request

This geometric project builds on the Korean designer's work for Christofle, that bought together marble and silver to form his sleek Clivage fruit bowls. Here, the ECAL graduate replaces the silver with mirrored stainless steel to produce a table/stool in high and low versions. The polished stainless steel half of each piece is industrially made, while the other half – the marble section – is handcrafted. Up next is a ‘HalfHalf’ console and low table, created in the same materials. Photography: Nils Clauss


A. Jacob Marks / Skram

Launched at New York's ICFF fair this year, the Altai console table – a piece taken from the wider Altai range – is produced by Skram furniture, based in North Carolina. The collection is made up of tables and sofas, all recognisable by their unique steel and timber legs that are separately attached to the pieces. The simplistic form is available in dark and light woods with the natural blemishes that make all of Skram's crafted hand-made products so idiosyncratically attractive.


Tomás Alonso / Cos X Hay
Price on request

Danish design company Hay and Swedish clothing label Cos have joined forces to present a capsule collection of tables that incorporates the two brands’ aesthetics while providing a fresh outlook on their design approach. The two Scandinavian companies have been partners for a few years, with Hay furniture dressing Cos’ stores globally. For the first time this month, pieces from Hay’s collection will also be available to purchase from some of the fashion brand’s stores. The new collection was developed in collaboration with London-based designer Tomás Alonso, featuring the minimal style of the two companies infused with the designer’s ability in working with shapes and subtle touches of colour.

'Mixed Marble Coffee Table'

Brian Thoreen

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.

Contour Side Tables

On request

New York design studio Bower was founded in 2013 to afford a free experimental design approach to quotidian objects. Designers Danny Giannella and Tammer Hijazi combine a passion for functionality with research methods that look outside of traditional design avenues, encompassing anything from nature to childhood memories. Their pair of nesting side table are made from molded plywood, lacquered white to achieve an ultra-smooth finish. A semi circular tinted glass top in different hues contributes to the pieces’ graphic look, making a strong (and customisable) aesthetic statement when the tables are nested together. The designers also offer a variety of bespoke options, with a dozen finishes and five glass tints to choose from.

'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.’

‘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.

‘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.

'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.

'Harper' rocking chair

Noé Duchaufour Lawrance / Bernhardt Design

French designer Noé Duchafour-Lawrance's revisited rocking chair for Bernhardt originates from his vision of traditional American living, sitting on a porch on a rocking chair. His wooden piece is a combination of a Windsor rocking chair, an Adirondack and his own sinuous aesthetic.

'Discus' pendant light

Jamie Gray / Matter-Made

A collection of lamps inspired by the Olympic discipline it is named after, Discus is a versatile design originated from a very simple combination. Available as table, floor or desk options, the lamp is composed by an assembled series of metal discs enclosing warm LED under frosted glass. Its modular nature allows several compositions, from a minimal two-lights solution to a multiple intersection of discs.

White urn

Hilda Hellström

The Sedimentation Series by Swedish designer Hilda Hellström is an ongoing material research that 'started out as an investigation of what we conceive as fake in opposition to the real.' Inspired by ancient rock formation, the artificial surfaces are made of jesmonite tinted in a variety of colours and used as the base for tiles, vases and furniture.

'Manga' easy chair

Gam Fratesi / Swedese

When it comes to furniture with personality, the Manga chair takes the first prize. Designed by Italian/Swedish duo Gam Fratesi, the chair features exaggerated proportions on a simple wooden frame construction. The large back offers both a functional support and a humorous oversized addition.

'Code 27' sofa

Stefan Borselius and Johan Lidau / Bla Station

The 'Code 27' sofa is built on an adaptable design that allows multiple sizes and configurations. Veteran Swedish designers Stefan Borselius and Johan Lindau make ample showcase of their seat design abilities by creating an adaptable sofa solution with a simple yet graphic design and playful use of soft shapes and colour.

'Obsession' chair

Kwangho Lee

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.'

'Euclideanism' mirror set

Juyoung Kim / Metafaux

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.

'Chair 1'

Jinil Park

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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

'Bramah' pendant lights

Michael Young / EOQ
Small £186, large £546

Michael Young's latest lighting collection is a collaboration with new Hong-Kong based brand EOQ. The range, which includes pendants, floor and table lamps, is a lighting debut for the Chinese brand, and is based on a simple silhouette and modular shape cut out of a solid aluminum block.

'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.

'Traveler' chair

Stephen Burks / Roche Bobois

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.

‘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.

‘Controra’ armchair

Ron Gilad / Molteni & C

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.

‘Edi’ table lamp

Alberto Biagetti / Venini

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.

‘Wing’ sofa

Antonio Citterio / Flexform

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.

'Samosa' table

Xandre Kriel
R57,250 ($5,215)

With its folded form inspired by the humble samosa, designer and sculptor Xandre Kriel’s 'Samosa' table is made of bent steel with an oxidised patina finish. Composed of an equilateral triangle supported by three semi-circular legs, the table is perfectly geometric (and consequently immensely strong). The aesthetic appeal of simple geometry is something that holds a particular fascination for Kriel, who has said, ‘[People] seem mesmerised by the shape, irrespective of age. There are some shapes one likes without exactly knowing why.’