Introducing the October issue: William Wegman and Liz Diller take the reins
Guest editors William Wegman and Liz Diller take the reins in the October issue
Lo! With the inescapable arrival of autumn - we're not complaining, honest - comes our October issue (W*199). And this year, it's a particularly thrilling iteration, with not one, but two guest editors. Step up Liz Diller, the first lady of US architecture, and king of canine conceptualism William Wegman (and, of course, a few well-behaved Weimaraners to boot).
Diller treats us to an insightful Q&A with New York based designer Stefan Sagmeister (page 241), discussing reflections on the High Line, finding beauty in the grotesque and divulging on her practice's design for The Broad art museum in LA (as well as giving us an exclusive guided tour of the latter on page 246).
Wegman's Weimaraners are the inevitable stars of his pages, draping themselves over myriad classics of artful American design for an extensive new shoot (page 219) - not forgetting a fascinating personal profile (page 207) and a wonderful first-person account of a visit to furniture designer George Nakashima's Pennsylvania studio (page 215).
Of course, there's more than just doggy design and superlative urban architecture herein. A new monograph on a 1972 research trip by Italian architect Mario Bellini reveals an America both epic and absurd (page 170); while a new exhibit at Marc Benda and Barry Friedman's Friedman Benda Gallery in New York celebrates the pre-Memphis moves of Ettore Sottsass (page 142).
Alex Rasmussen's digitalised ocean wave is previewed as part of our micro-guide to the imminent London Design Festival (page 103). In a similar feat of informed curation, we also reveal the shortlist for this years Wallpaper* Best Urban Hotels award, as well as introducing it's estimable judging panel (page 125).
For those more interested in visual fireworks, check out this month's Smallpaper* section for our Flights of Fancy design concepts - a host of career-specific inspirational spaces for tomorrow's high flyers that just happens to be one of our most eye-popping technicolour creations to date (p.284)- and a selection creature comforts and culinary flights of fancy for discerning young diners (page 267).
Finally, next month's issue sees the publication of our much anticipated 2015 Design Power List, this year upped to 200 entries. Of course, a list like this wouldn't be half as entertaining without a few contentious omissions - and it seems that Wallpaper* has made a powerful enemy in Karim Rashid (page 076). Should he make this year's list? The choice is yours...