Our biggest issue in three years is all about legends. Principal among them are our trio of guest editors: Giorgio Armani, the epitome of timeless style; Margot & Fergus Henderson, leading lights of Britain’s culinary landscape; and Kelly Wearstler, the doyenne of American design. Each of them has taken over a section of the magazine, offering a deep dive into the inner workings of their remarkably fertile minds.

The Legends Issue: three guest editors

Giorgio Armani

Mr Armani, a uniquely enduring force in the fickle world of fashion, enlisted Sir Paul Smith as his conversation partner. In a series of emails followed by a spontaneous get-together in Milan, they discuss their role models, design signatures, the virtue of consistency, the tide of technology, what it takes to steer an independent brand amid conglomerates, and what makes them happy. Il Maestro then reveals his top ten creative inspirations, from Eileen Gray to Issey Miyake, with insights that enrich our understanding of his own vision of modernity.

Margot & Fergus Henderson

For Margot and Fergus Henderson – respectively the creators of Rochelle Canteen and St John, two of London’s finest culinary institutions – our guest editor invitation has been an opportunity to unpack their cultural clout. Long-standing Wallpaper* contributor Caroline Roux speaks to them about food, art, architecture, and ‘their extraordinary ability to live life to its very fullest’, and compiles an oral history of their achievements based on testimonies from their family and friends. These are accompanied by Oskar Proctor’s photography, which sheds further light on the joys of thoughtful simplicity.

Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler, who has built a formidable design business while maintaining a playful touch, devotes her guest editor section to technology and craft, to show what happens when these two overlap. In an interview with our contributing editor Tilly Macalister-Smith, she reveals recent and upcoming projects, including a textile design enabled by 3D-printing, and a collection of derrière-inspired marble stools. She also invites photographer Amanda Hakan into her Beverly Hills home (the ultimate Kelly Wearstler space), and shares the stage with five of her favourite contemporary creatives.

Limited edition subscriber cover by William Kentridge for October 2022 Wallpaper*, The Legends Issue
This month’s limited-edition cover, available to subscribers, features William Kentridge’s Make Me Live Again (2022), which paraphrases a line by the Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. Photography: Thys Dullaart, courtesy of William Kentridge Studio

Continuing the legends theme, we have replaced our usual Newspaper section with a portfolio of 20 design legends, from Audemars Piguet’s ‘Royal Oak’ watch to Flos’ ‘Arco’ floor lamp. We also add four profiles to our ongoing Icons series. Two household names: William Kentridge, whose art interrogates failed utopias and elevates doubt and dissent; and Tobia Scarpa, who has used architecture and design to explore ‘the boundless dimensions of the soul’. Plus, two pioneering talents who are deserving of greater recognition: Demas Nwoko, who draws on traditional African construction to create buildings that are perfectly adapted to their geographical and cultural context; and Vuokko Nurmesniemi, whose bold, joyful textiles have laid the foundations for modern Finnish fashion. Diverse though their approaches and aesthetics may be, there is one quality our legends have in common – the ability to stand the test of time.

Bill Prince
Acting Editor-in-Chief