May 2024 Wallpaper*, the Milan Preview Issue, heralds a new age of design

May 2024 Wallpaper* is on sale now: preview our Salone del Mobile highlights, plus alluring watches, awesome outdoor furniture, and a newly realised Frank Lloyd Wright house

May 2024 Wallpaper* newsstand and limited edition covers side by side
Our May 2024 newsstand and limited edition covers, full credits at end of this article
(Image credit: Newsstand cover photography: Beppe Brancato. Creative direction Nick Vinson. Limited edition cover photography: Julia Sellman)

Welcome to Wallpaper* issue 301. Our tricentenary successfully navigated, it feels a no less auspicious moment to be ushering in a new age of design – just in time to celebrate Salone del Mobile 2024

Why a new age? Because a younger generation at the apex of forward-thinking furniture companies – Giulia Molteni and Maria Porro, for instance, or Carola Bestetti at Living Divani and Eleonore Cavalli at Visionnaire – has resulted in a broader scope being offered to designers commissioned to create work for the leading brands. With this deeper pool of references comes a slew of fresh ideas on how to live, work and play that reflect a wide spectrum of cultural, societal and environmental shifts. 

In the same questing spirit, we profile a few of those whose work embodies where design is (or should be) going: whether that’s Atelier Biagetti’s concept of nomadism, recast in its collaboration with MCM as a new idea of home that embraces technology, or Faye Toogood, whose repurposing of folk references for Poltrona Frau breaks with the contemporary concept of the ‘luxury furniture designer’.

As well as documenting those currently disrupting the established houses, we examine the roles of three emerging design studios in exploring new ways of working in furniture and design, whether through collaboration, performance or the repurposing of industrial materials and processes. We also revisit the lives and careers of two pioneering figures in the design world – Ingo Maurer and Louis Kahn, the latter being recognised at Salone.

Frank Lloyd Wright House

Massaro House in New York’s Hudson Valley, a new build based on original drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright

(Image credit: Ashok Sinha)

And we feature two ‘revivals’: one the simulacrum of an unbuilt, site-specific Frank Lloyd Wright house, the other a rebuild of Aluminaire House, a novel aluminium-clad home by Albert Frey, that has moved from New York to its present resting place in Palm Springs. And capturing the spirit of the present, we bring you a working wardrobe that, well, works, read the runes around outdoor furniture, and feature nine watches united in their dramatic use of dark hues.

Finally, and by way of a hello, it gives me great pleasure to be rejoining Wallpaper* as Editor-in-Chief. I’d like to thank Sarah Douglas for handing on a title in such spectacular health – testament to her seven years of exemplary stewardship. The eagle-eyed among you will notice some further changes to the editorial masthead. These new positions are richly deserved; harbingers, too, of a new age for Wallpaper* as it heads towards its quadricentennial. Enjoy the issue.

Bill Prince

The May 2024 issue of Wallpaper* is available in print from 11 April, on the Wallpaper* app on Apple iOS, and to subscribers of Apple News +. Subscribe to Wallpaper* today

On the newsstand cover: ‘Pilotis’ console, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Minotti. Pair of 18th-century urn-shaped vases (Walter Padovani). Bas-Relief I (2023), by Sergio Roger (Spazio Nuovo). Fruit platter (1937), by Jean Puiforcat. Travertino Romano Classico panels in matte finish, by Marsotto.

On the limited-edition cover: A ‘Karat Blau’ pendant lamp, by pioneering brand Ingo Maurer, which is looking forward to a new age under the guidance of lighting firm Foscarini

Bill Prince is a journalist, author, and editor-in-chief of Wallpaper* and The Blend. Prior to taking up these roles, he served for 23 years as the deputy editor of British GQ. In addition to editing, writing and brand curation, Bill is an acknowledged authority on travel, hospitality and men's style. His first book, ‘Royal Oak: From Iconoclast To Icon’ – a tribute to the Audemars Piguet watch at 50 – was published by Assouline in September 2022.