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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Products / Seating


'Wrap' sofa and chaise longue

Omi Tahara / Yamakawa Rattan
Price on request

Japanese born, Milan-trained designer Omi Tahara has created a perfect garden repose in this elongated chaise longue. Made by Yamakawa Rattan, Japans first manufacturer of wicker who source their wares from rainforests in Kalimantan and Sumatra, here they modernise the material to become weather-resistant. Available in both hand woven natural rattan and a wicker-look synthetic fibre for outdoor use, 'Wrap' is further defined by its arched backrest that creates a contemprary visual volume and comfortable, supportive spring.



Reiko Kaneko / SCP

Having previously focussed on fine bone china pendant lamps, this 'Orlando' armchair marks designer Reiko Kaneko's first foray into furniture. The lounge chair boasts a solid steel frame, with a tubular steel back allowing for a gentle, comforting flex. The slim arm rests are made from walnut or oak, whilst various upholstery and powder-coat finishes are available - we're particularly fond of the 'Maharam Cobblestone' pictured. Orlando's small footprint, low base and custom finishes make it an ideal fit for any room.


'944' bench

Studio Formstelle / Rolf Benz

Studio Formstelle were commissioned to create this hand-stitched, upholstered bench for their German neighbours Rolf Benz. The bench is distinguished by its striking, geometric wooden base that it shares with the 580 armchair introduced in Milan last year. The 944 is available in two sizes and a choice of walnut, light or dark oak.



Bertjan Pot / Golran

From Bertjan Pot's 'Triangles' collection for Golran, the design of this hand-knotted wool and silk pouf was initiated with an investigation into the weaving technique of the kilim from which its pattern would be spun. Like all pieces from the line, the pouf's pattern is based on the geometric form of the triangle, which here has been positioned to create a kaleidoscopic series of diamonds and hexagons, emphasised by a clever arrangement of both contrasting and harmonising hues of pink and red.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*




Brooklyn-based brand Bower was inspired by ancient archways for the 'Arch' Bench, pairing classical architectural with a fresh, contemporary finish. Imbued with their signature experimental style, the bench has a monochrome palette of lacquered ash on the top, and whitewashed on the legs. Added texture and comfort comes in the form of the plush, deep-black wool upholstery.



Gio Ponti / L'Abbate

The 'Livia' chair was originally designed by Gio Ponti for the offices of Padua University's Livianum faculty and was reissued by Italian brand L'Abbate in 2005. Minimal, elegant and carved from lacquered beechwood, this classic red chair is timeless in its design.

Available from WallpaperSTORE*



Form Us With Love / +Halle
High Sofa from €2295

These unique pieces allow seating to become the room divider. Playing with different heights, the architectural pieces appear as armchairs while providing an elevated cove for the individual to experience privacy at a different level. Designed by Swedish studio Form us With Love, the collection evokes their minimalist yet experimental aesthetic, merging this with Danish manufacturer +Halle's humanist techniques. Its versatility also allows it to live comfortably in any room, we have it in the hall as social seating for our guests to enjoy, at any height.


Club chair

Glen Baghurst
Price on request

Taking cues from the fashion industry's ability to dress one common frame in various of ways, Swedish-Australian designer Glen Baghurst has created his 'Untitled' Club chair. Thick off-black leather falls over the curving frame, and fastened with powder-coated iron fixings that are clearly exposed. This creates an equestrian-style depth and volume that is a nod to traditional English saddlery.



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.



Andersson & Voll / Erik Jørgensen
Price on request

Updating the classic Danish style of Erik Jørgensen is Norwegian duo Andersson & Voll. Showcasing the new 'Hector' sofa design at Stockholm Furniture Fair, the pair have reissued the elegant 'Frame' sofa in a contemporary warm leather finish and sleek upholstered frame with steel legs. The sharp edges of the structure naturally contrasts the Scandinavian softness found in the cushions that can add strength to any minimalist room set.


La Pipe

Friends and Founders

Designed by Ida Linea Hildebrand, one half of Copenhagen-based duo Friends & Founders, the 'La Pipe' dining chair is a refined and contemporary seat. The smooth, curving lines of the chair's back echoes the high-quality, soft leather, whilst the slender, gold-tone metal legs effortlessly balance the seat. The 'La Pipe' collection is inspired by shapely tobacco pipes and comprises a low lounge chair and a high bar chair. Available in striking blush pink or charcoal hues, they can be playfully paired for eclectic dinner parties.



Tom Fereday / Zenith Interiors
Price on request

Sydney-based designer Tom Fereday launches 'WES', a new furniture collection inspired by the film director Wes Anderson. With seamless, hand sculpted upholstery and a unique timber frame, the only delineation comes from the softly contrasting piping. Known for his obsessively symmetrical compositions, Wes Anderson is the ideal muse for Fereday's range, as individual chairs can be slotted together in perfectly proportionate combinations.



Samuel Accoceberry / Bosc

Artistically inspired by the Basque sculptures of Eduardo Chillida, these chairs boast contemporary contrasting Kvadrat colours. Designed by Paris-based Samuel Accoceberry, the curvaceous, shell like model stands low on the ground on small walnut or oak legs for a carved finish. Manufactured by Bosc, the model is available in a larger sofa form.



Says Who / Skagerak

A fine mix of lacquered aluminium and upholstery make up this outdoor sofa by Scandinavian furniture brand Skargerak. Here shown in ash, the simple two-seater carries an aesthetic that lends itself to Danish summertime. Designed by duo Says Who, the angular frame and short legs give the piece a modern feel while its fresh, minimalist hues allow it to be paired easily with the rest of the outdoor set up.


Giano Ottoman

Antonio Citterio / Flexform
On Request

Part of a collection of small tables and consoles featuring a solid wood frame, the Giano Ottoman is a simple piece that combines natural materials to enrich its formal minimalism. The rectangular frame comes in a selection of wood finishes paired with a woven leather hide. The accompanying pieces in the collection include precious woods and luscious marbles, but this small piece holds an elegance of its own: it's a versatile domestic essential, humble in its appearance but resulting from a rich design gesture. 



Glen Baghurst
Price on request

Made from a subtle mix of leather, powder coated iron, ash and mahogany; this armchair's curvaceous bent metal frame mimics a trombone like form. Abstractly designed by Australian-born, Swedish-based Glen Baghurst in soft gentle hues, this is the second in a two part seating-series, the first that is an outdoor folding version.



Francesco Meda / Luce di Carrara

Presented during Milan Design Week in 2014, this stool by Milan-based Francesco Meda for marble masters Luce Di Carrara is as multi-functional as it is visually striking. Created out of combined marble blocks of different thicknesses and featuring a cedar wood top, the piece can be used as a stool, a side table or simply a sculptural display item.

Available at WallpaperSTORE*


'Roll' collection

Verena Hennig
Chair, €460; Stool, €375; Bench, €520

The title for this collection truly resonates its function: to roll up and down your back relieving muscle tension. Designed by German studio Verena Hennig, the curvaceous pieces are produced from a powder coated line up of aluminium sticks which make up the bench, chair and stool in the range. The playful collection was on show at Design Junction at London Design Festival this year and can be used both indoor and outdoor. 'Roll' is available in simplistic tones of patent black, white, beige and red. Photography: Tilman Weishart



Amoia Studio
From $8,000

Design studio Amoia have been inspired by the spiritual power of stones and crystals when creating their newest collection 'Minerality.' Included in the metaphysical range is a set of drums with a simple yet multifunctional cylinder shape that can exist as seating or a small table. However it is not the shape or functionality which is the main event here but the embellishment which is layered on the piece - Azurite Malachite. Azurite is believed to evoke intuition and spiritual guidance along with psychic power giving the piece a new organic design depth. The drums are handcrafted by brother duo Samuel and Dominic Amoia and is available in different colours and stones; here it is visualised in a plaster blue encrusted with the potent Malachite.


'Maritime Boomerang' bench

Very Good and Proper
From £4450

Commissioned by the National Maritime Museum in London’s Greenwich, the team at Very Good and Proper didn’t just look at classic nautical references. Their Boomerang Bench takes cues from surf, with a shape referencing the flat boards and materials inspired by the kneels of small boats. Available in Oak or Walnut, the bench is elegant yet solid, and a brilliant direction for museum furniture.


'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.’


'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.


‘Butterfly’ seating

Patricia Urquiola / B&B Italia

This year B&B Italia set itself the challenge of creating its first fully upholstered outdoor furniture range, enlisting the help of designer Patricia Urquiola. The result is ‘Butterfly’, a sinuous modular seating system that gets its name from the butterfly shape created where the outer corner joins the armrest and the backrest. The series is composed of several pieces, including an ottoman, and corner and centre sofa elements, allowing for endless configurations.


'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.


'Densen' dining chair


The handmade Densen chair by NY-based trio Egg collective is a simple shape of solid wood in an elegant finish. A combination of opulent feel and minimalist execution, the chair can be offered in walnut or bleached maple with a hair-on-hide seat.


'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.'


'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.


‘Hervé’ seat

Lievore Altherr Molina / Driade

When it comes to outdoor furniture, it’s hard to match this for sophisticated elegance. Designed for Driade, Lievore Altherr Molina’s five-piece ‘Hervé’ collection comprises seating and small tables. Combining graphic frames and stark white cushions, the seating’s juxtaposition of strong geometry and soft upholstery makes it an enticing addition to our poolside set-up.