Nov 2015

Entertaining special

With a limited edition cover by Studio Job


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



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.

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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.

‘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.

‘Anin’ stool

David Lopez Quincoces / Living Divani

We were drawn to the stark simplicity of David Lopez Quincoces’ ‘Anin’ stool, a piece that confirms the Milan-based Spanish designer’s penchant for graphic lines and a pure aesthetic. The stool, his second contribution to Living Divani’s collection, following last year’s ‘Track’ sofa, features a basic seat placed atop an X-shaped, powder-coated aluminium structure, which appears two dimensional when seen from the side. A lesson in rigorous geometry.

'DW 3 Seater'

Anatomy Design
R24,500 ($2,231)

Johannesburg-based interior design studio Anatomy Design created the DW sofa for a client who wanted a blend of old-fashioned craftsmanship with modern lines, while also revealing some of the sofa’s inner workings. Andrea Kleinloog of Anatomy design explains, ‘After toying with many ideas, we explored the fact that a back cushion is normally Velcro’d onto the back of a sofa and so we decided to, almost brutally, belt it onto the sofa instead.’

'Corner' chair

Gregor Jenkin and William Kentridge
£1,000 each

When world-renowned South African artist William Kentridge became the first person to buy one of Capetonian designer Gregor Jenkin’s tables, it was the start of a working relationship that has led to several international exhibitions. The torn and jagged edges of the duo’s 'Corner' chairs are laser-cut from Valchromat, a wood fibre panel with a paper-like quality.

'Illusion' armchair

Khalid Shafar
AED5,460 ($1,487)

Dubai-based designer Khalid Shafar was inspired by the energy, buzz and vibrancy of city life when creating the Illusion armchair. Intersecting lengths of rope are wrapped around a wooden frame to create a comfortable seat that Shafar designed as visual representation of the parallel elements of urban living.

'Veto' bench

Rasha Dakkak at The American University of Sharjah

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.


Danah Al Kubaisy at The American University of Sharjah

Created during her time at the American University of Sharjah studying Furniture Design Basics, Danah Al Kubaisy's 'D-Bench' consists of thirty-six 3mm hand-shaped aluminium bars fastened with machine screws to a welded aluminium tube frame. Along the length of the table, the bars break from their ordered lines into an elaborate and undulating sculpture.

‘Catherine’ chair

Noé Duchaufour- Lawrance / Bernhardt Design

The 'Catherine' chair is a contemporary interpretation of a classic European club chair, designed for American brand Bernhardt by Parisian designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. It is simple and serene with sweeping curves, enhanced by an exposed solid maple trim and upholstered welt.

‘Mantis’ side chair

Bassam Fellows
€2,000 (excluding cushion)

Although it was only introduced in 2008, the 'Mantis' chair by Bassam Fellows has all the hallmarks of a design classic. Characterised by commanding, sculpted arms that evoke the praying mantis, the solid walnut design fits seamlessly into all settings: traditional and modern, residential and contract.

‘Ki-Oke’ stool

OeO / Nakagawa Mokkougei

Designed by Danish studio OeO and handcrafted in Japan by master craftsman Shuji Nakagawa, the Ki-oke stool is a perfect union of Japanese craft and Scandinavian design sensibilities. Constructed from carefully planed staves of Japanese cypress wood, the stools are expertly bound together with metal rings.

‘Kawara’ bench

Tsuyoshi Hayashi
Price on request

When searching for a material with which to make a modular seating system, Eindhoven-based designer Tsuyoshi Hayashi struck upon the brilliant idea of using discarded Japanese roof tiles. When mounted atop a simple wooden frame, the familiar, smooth curve of the ceramic tiles provides an elegant and ergonomic seat.

'Aria' chaise

Paul Mathieu

With it's flowing polished-bronze frame, open back and sumptuous upholstered seat, the Aria chaise by Paul Mathieu is a functional work of art. The design was conceived as part of a commission to design liturgical furniture for an 18th-century Baroque church in Aix-en-Provence.

'Net' armchair


Cord is woven around the slim, tubular aluminium frame of Barcelona brand Kettal’s stackable armchair to create a pliable seat, backrest and arm rests. Discreet back and seat pads available in Kettal’s wide range of fabrics complete the design.

'T904' bench

Gastone Rinaldi / Poltrona Frau

Poltrona Frau has fulfilled every die-hard minimalist's fantasy with its recent reissuing of a bench by mid-century master, Gastone Rinaldi. The T904 is an inspiring union of wood and tubular steel that dates back to the 1950s. Not one to get overly nostalgic, Poltrona Frau has brought it firmly into the 21st century by pairing it with cushions made in Pelle Frau leather or more dynamic fabric.

'Mirto' sun lounger

Antonio Citterio / B&B Italia

The epitome of understated poolside elegance, Antonio Citterio's new lounger design for B&B italia has us reaching for our sunglasses and the nearest cocktail menu. Citterio's attention to detail is evident in honed features such as the discreet rollers that are used on the legs in place of traditional clunky wheels.

'Tailor' sofa

Rui Alves
Price on request

Portuguese designer Rui Alves hails from a family of skilled craftsmen, so it's no wonder he wanted the carefully made ash wood structure of his 'Tailor' sofa to take centre stage. Wood joints are meticulously executed, while the simple foam shell echoes the frame's light aesthetic.