Welcome to the August issue, where we introduce Wallpaper* Re-Made – our new flagship project and an evolution of Wallpaper* Handmade, our decade-long initiative connecting designers, creatives, makers and manufacturers. We have pushed ourselves and our creative collaborators to absorb the lessons of decades of activism, environmentalism and innovation, and to focus more sharply on inspiration and intent.

Last April marked the tenth anniversary of Handmade, and after 587 projects and 1,085 collaborators, we had already started planning its evolution. Many times during the past year – whether visiting ‘Broken Nature’ at Milan’s Triennale, re-reading Victor Papanek’s Design for the Real World (over 20 years since I studied it at university), or talking with contributors and members of the team, I’ve realised the urgent role that we have to play. It struck me that Wallpaper* has always stood for Design for Life. The best things last a lifetime, accompanying our journeys and enriching our lives. So we shouldn’t simply be making more beautiful things, we should re-examine how, what and why we make and consume.

With Re-Made, we’ve maintained the fundamental premise of Handmade: pairing the best designers, makers, architects and engineers to create thought-provoking and inspirational projects. Now we’re re-focusing with a greater emphasis on design and creation that can enrich and endure. And rather than presenting their work up front, we want to first invite them to share their research and creative process. And so, in this Re-Made issue, we preview 23 projects that will be shown in Milan next year, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of Salone del Mobile. They include an e-trike and trailer by Konstantin Grcic, food delivery packaging by PriestmanGoode, a shelving unit by Asif Khan, a water fountain by Yasmin Bawa, an urban gardening kit by Piuarch, and an e-waste watch by Vollebak – all eco-conscious takes on common typologies. At the moment, they are incubation projects, works in progress, a starting point for conversation about common problems and possible solutions. And in that spirit, the dialogues around them will live on after the Milan event, digitally and otherwise, to spark further ideas and innovations.

We have also invited creatives from different fields who have taken a research-based approach to current issues affecting the design industry. We will collaborate with these studios to further expand their work, and present it alongside the 23 projects in Milan. They include Formafantasma, Christien Meindertsma, Fernando Laposse, Nate Petre and Map Project Office. Meanwhile, Afterparti, a collective of young BAME architecture writers, looks at problems of power and representation within urban spaces, and Paul Dillinger, Levi’s VP of global product innovation, tackles some of the sustainability issues facing the fashion industry.

I hope Re-Made will strengthen your belief in design as a problem-solving tool for environmental and social challenges, a driving force for better principles and healthier behaviours. Design for Life feels like an appropriate – perhaps even overdue – evolution of Wallpaper’s initial tagline ‘The stuff that surrounds you’. Let’s use this as a platform to re-think, re-connect and re-make.

Sarah Douglas