It’s a great honour to be writing my first editor’s letter. In its 21 years Wallpaper* has transformed how the world thinks about design, architecture and art, and for the last ten years I’ve been privileged to work with Tony Chambers – who is swivelling in a new chair as Brand & Content Director, taking Wallpaper* in bold new directions and generally plotting global domination.
I’d also like to say a huge thank-you to the editors, staff, contributors, collaborators past and present (far too many to mention) who have made Wallpaper* what it is today. Wallpaper* is more than a magazine, of course. It is an international community, a super-collider that brings together the most dynamic players in design, architecture, art, fashion, travel and beyond. What other magazine can count Dieter Rams, Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander, Giorgio Armani, Rick Owens and Tadao Ando among its loyal subscribers? We are united by a common mission to refine, to enhance, to elevate the best from the rest, to inspire and be inspired.
Jacket, £4,425, by Hermès. Photography: Ilaria Orsini
Here, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a huge number of artists, designers and long-held heroes, spending time in some of the most exciting places in the world, and searching out the creative frontline. And we will continue to showcase groundbreaking, spirit-lifting and eye-opening design and to collaborate with established titans and emerging talents, wherever they are.
This issue celebrates celestial pendant lighting, nutty treats and high-functioning hotels. We shoot the Wallpaper* woman, art collection in tow, in a new Gianni Botsford house in London, talk to Alfredo Jaar about being ‘an architect who makes art’, celebrate ten years of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, take a tour of Vitsœ’s new HQ and witness the rebirth of a brutalist treasure in Mexico City and the launch of Marcio Kogan’s micro-town near Madrid. We also cook up a Swiss storm with Not Vital’s plain in pigna, the latest daring dish in our artist’s recipe series, showcase the most innovative new work spaces in our annual Officepaper* supplement, and take you to Berlin and São Paulo by way of Thailand, Big Sur and the Suffolk Riviera. In adulthood, Wallpaper* is better and brighter than ever. Now that’s cause for celebration!
Sarah Douglas, Editor
As originally featured in the November 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*224)