Welcome to our May issue, where we are focusing on Art, Architecture & Escape at a time when I think we could all use a little escapism…

Taking centre stage in this issue is our exclusive first look at Hauser & Wirth’s new exhibition-and-more space at 542 West 22nd Street, New York. Designed by Annabelle Selldorf, who has also created this month’s limited-edition cover, this is Hauser & Wirth’s first purpose-built, ground-up building, and a major milestone in their ambition to deliver museum-quality viewing experiences. Photographer Brigitte Lacombe documented the building as it neared completion, and shot a series of iconic portraits of 14 artists from the gallery’s roster, from Lorna Simpson to George Condo, which forms an illustrious celebration of New York’s creative energy and vibrant art scene.

We also showcase our pick of the season’s design, with an uplifting Space shoot, taking some of our favourite furniture to new heights with the help of an industrial crane system. Elsewhere you will find our artfully geometric men’s tailoring story, shot by Alex Colley, a young photographer featured in this January’s Graduate Directory issue (W*250).

Our annual watches and jewellery special – Precious Index – showcases standout steel timepieces, Virgil Abloh’s sherbet-hued signet rings for Louis Vuitton, Pharrell Williams’ Mars-inspired collaboration with Richard Mille, and scene-stealing jewels that inspire a healthy disregard for rules. Meanwhile, our architecture offerings include Celine’s impeccable Tuscan manufactory, a Costa Rican jungle retreat, and a Chilean wine estate’s new head office, as well as covetable homes in Arizona, Canada and Mexico.

Finally, I want to reinforce the message ‘From Wallpaper* with Love’, which we communicated on 23 March. These are challenging times, but we at Wallpaper* will do everything we can to support our brilliant and extraordinary community. We will continue to showcase the exceptional, offer some kind of escape, and also be a place where we can come together to plan for a better tomorrow.

Like everyone, we are having to adapt and improvise, but we will keep on sharing news, ideas, creative inspiration and inspirational creativity. And with that in mind, we are making the May issue available to download and read on screen below, in case your usual print edition is unable to reach you.

We remain committed to doing everything we can to support the design community; we are here for you. My 13 years at Wallpaper* have given me an amazing belief in design, and all the people involved, every one of you.

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