From Jony Ive’s perfectly minimalist cover to a peek inside Apple Park and beyond

Left, limited edition cover by Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive
Left, limited edition cover by Apple’s chief design officer, Jony Ive, who also took us on a tour of the company’s new HQ. Right, newstand cover by Leonie Bos. Interiors: Amy Heffernan
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In December our thoughts turn to entertaining, and we offer up an enticing menu of design, architecture, art, fashion and, of course, food. For us, creativity really is at the heart of life-enhancing entertaining. For starters, we love the pairing of artists and cuisine; and in this issue we serve up Gillian Wearing’s lentil, potato and leek soup, as well as Liz Swig’s innovative oatmeal offerings, with extra ingredients by the Campana brothers.

We also talk to Jony Ive and get the very first sitting at Apple Park’s super-sized staff restaurant, Naoto Fukasawa-designed chairs and all. (Good food is so central to Apple’s working culture that the company operates its own fishing boat.) Apple Park spaces, cooked up by Foster + Partners and Ive’s industrial design studio, encourage the social aspect of working, with the restaurant being the hub of a network of collaborative spaces, places for chance encounters and off-the-cuff creativity.

We’ve nourishment for the eyes courtesy of Ive’s limited-edition cover, using Apple’s original colour spectrum and, naturally, generous white space. We also prepare heart-warming, spirit-calming recipes in a John Pawson-designed Welsh retreat.

A preliminary sketch by Leoni Bos, who imagined Wallpaper’s ultimate entertaining space

A preliminary sketch by Leoni Bos, who imagined Wallpaper’s ultimate entertaining space

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We’ll always champion great photography, but this issue celebrates illustration, too, as a fresh way of looking at interiors, adding a dash of personal interpretation and history to the visual narrative. I have a long-held appreciation of illustration, from my formative days as a graphic design student and, later, commissioning works by the likes of Ian Wright, Ralph Steadman, Noma Bar and George Hardie – true mark makers. The first in our new series of occasional illustrated Space stories is a Wallpaper* debut for Dutch artist Leonie Bos (her work also appears on our newsstand cover). A play, and sure hand, with texture and colour are central to Bos’ approach and she brings a unique warmth and vigour to our pages.

The illustrator’s practice, the conjuring of imagined worlds, is a fascination for us. Once we had selected key design pieces to feature, Bos went away and created her fantastical Wallpaper* entertaining space. Her early sketch, above, is an insight into the creative process. Illustrations can be literal, abstract, decorative, conceptual. And so much more. Properly served up, they are a true celebration of print, its tactility and devourability.

Sarah Douglas, Editor

As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)

Creative catalyst Liz Swig is on a mission to make oatmeal sexy.

Creative catalyst Liz Swig is on a mission to make oatmeal sexy. 

(Image credit: Marko MacPherson)

We introduce the first in our new series of deftly drafted dream homes.

We introduce the first in our new series of deftly drafted dream homes. Illustrator: Leonie Bos. Interiors: Amy Heffernan

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A force in American interiors, Exquisite Surfaces, celebrates its 20th birthday in style.

A force in American interiors, Exquisite Surfaces, celebrates its 20th birthday in style.

(Image credit: Mark Hartman)

We’re in a trance over these tip-top technological toys.

We’re in a trance over these tip-top technological toys.

(Image credit: Baker & Evans)

Jony Ive on Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone.

Jony Ive on Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone.

(Image credit: Mark Mahaney)

Our Newspaper section sees the return of the seafood tower, which has been elevated to contemporary new heights.

Our Newspaper section sees the return of the seafood tower, which has been elevated to contemporary new heights.

(Image credit: John Short)

A suite of living room furniture by Chiara Andreatti marks Fendi’s tenth foray at Design Miami.

A suite of living room furniture by Chiara Andreatti marks Fendi’s tenth foray at Design Miami.

(Image credit: Alberto Zanett)

Our platoon of swashbuckling young guns passes out.

Our platoon of swashbuckling young guns passes out.

(Image credit: Jonathan Frantini)

Cracking chronographs hit the sweet spot

Cracking chronographs hit the sweet spot, their split-second accuracy just the job for monitoring our precision cuisine.

(Image credit: Gustav Almestål)

Find inner calm and sublime sustenance at a John Pawson-designed retreat in the Welsh hills.

Find inner calm and sublime sustenance at a John Pawson-designed retreat in the Welsh hills.

(Image credit: Henry Bourne)

INFORMATION

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Sarah Douglas is Editor-in-Chief for Wallpaper*, where she is responsible for the content across the print magazine, digital platforms, in-house creative agency Bespoke, brand partnerships, and events. Joining Wallpaper* in 2007 as Art Editor, Sarah became Creative Director in 2012, before being named Editor-in-Chief in 2017. During this time she has commissioned an array of illustrious artists and designers including Jean Nouvel, Yayoi Kusama, Tom Sachs, Nendo, Virgil Abloh and Jenny Holzer; championed talents such as Formafantasma, Sabine Marcelis, Martino Gamper, Bethan Laura Wood, Philippe Malouin, and Craig Green; and overseen partnerships with leading brands including B&B Italia, Prada and Rolex. Sarah is also a member of the judging panel for the London Design Medal, and regularly judges for international design competitions.