October 2014

Smart art

With a limited edition cover by Torbjørn Rødland

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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'Hair Highway' vanity table

Studio Swine
Price on request

London duo Studio Swine's 'Hair Highway' collection is the result of a long exploration of the hair industry in China's Shandong province. Hair is used here as a decorative trick - combining it with natural resin, the designers created a tortoiseshell effect with a mesmerising pattern. The objects range from combs to boxes, but the showstopper is undoubtedly the vanity table, which combines Art Deco-inspired patterns with a geometric silhouette.

www.studioswine.com

'45 Light'

TJ O'Keefe
From $1895

Creating compelling objects through minimalism is the objective of American furniture company TJ O'Keefe, whose pieces reference architecture, industrial design and graphics. The '45 Light' is a multipurpose triangular lamp made of a square stock tube and thin strip of LED, setting up a stark contrast between its geometric shape and the soft glow it produces.

www.tjokeefe.com

'Hash' bookshelf

Minimalux
£6,850

Minimalux's inaugural foray into furniture is a delightful bookcase with 33 hand-polished metal bars arranged in a mesh structure. The piece is the first in what will be a series of 'engineered furniture' by the British manufacturer. The 'Hash' bookshelf, available in brass (pictured) or stainless steel, follows the same principle Minimalux applies to smaller objects, with precision materials and production quality.

minimalux.com

'Vero' bathroom furniture

Kurt Merki Jr / Duravit
From £1580

Kurt Merki Jr’s latest work for Duravit is a line of furniture to complement the rectangular sink designs he created for the German company 12 years ago. The collection of consoles and cabinets features details such as vertical handles contrasted with horizontal wood grain, while LED lighting below the consoles creates an effortless, floating effect.

www.duravit.co.uk

'Obei Obei' mirror

Cristina Celestino / Atipico
Available from September

For her most recent collection, Cristina Celestino drew inspiration from iconic Milanese buildings, particularly their windows. She looked at works from the 1920s to 1950s by Giò Ponti, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and BBPR, as well as Nanda Vigo's use of crystal and mirrors. She went on to design a collection of coloured mirrors in texturised glass, made in collaboration with Italian craftsmen.

www.atipiconline.it

'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.

www.mathiashahn.com

'Squeezer'

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.

www.federazioneitalianadeldesign.com

'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

'Nonno' rocker

Jeannett Højer
Price on request

The classic hammock meets Hans Wegner's 'Circle Chair' in Danish designer Jeannett Højer's rocking daybed. The elegant piece, whose name means 'grandfather' in Italian, marries a classic silhouette to a contemporary expression of the daybed.

jeannetthoejer.dk

'So-Cross' chair

Isabelle Stanislas
Price on request

Branching out from her usual work, French architect and interior designer Isabelle Stanislas recently ventured into furniture design. Featuring materials such as marble and onyx and cashmere, her striking collection of seating takes on structural shapes and compositions. We were instantly drawn to the 'So-Cross' chair, her marble rendition of a foldable wooden chair.

so-an.fr

'Stackable Desk' accessories

Epiforma
Price on request

Multidisciplinary practice Epiforma was established in Portugal early this year. Its design MO is geometric shapes rendered in bold colours, a simple visual language that's both eye-catching and minimal. The stackable desk accessories - a clock, container and magnetic cube - are made of black granite, natural wood and lacquered wood, a desktop tribute to the Memphis Group.

epiforma.com