Best Dining Experience: Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

This year’s dream dining room is kitted with the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021 winners

Best dining room ideas from the Wallpaper* Design Awards
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MDF Italia

Best dining table from the Wallpaper* Design Awards

‘NVL’ table, price on request, by Jean Nouvel, for MDF Italia

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Designers shaped up to a changing landscape last year, outlining new ways to stay at home in style, and in the dining room, geometric silhouettes were the order of the day. Pritzker Prize-winner Jean Nouvel’s elegantly monolithic ‘NVL’ dining table is the French architect’s second project for MDF Italia (following on from his ‘Super_Position’ bookcase) and is a harmonious lesson in contrasts, appearing both sleek, light and minimalist, while also very sturdy and strong.

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Best dining chair from the Wallpaper* Design Awards

‘Rope’ chair, £495, by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, for Artek, from Twentytwentyone

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A synthesis of contrasts is at the heart of Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s ‘Rope’ dining chair for Artek, which pairs a solid frame with flexible elements, matching up steel tubes with pliable robe armrests and backrests to invite postural creativity.


Best dining room light from the Wallpaper* Design Awards

‘Infra-Structure Episode 2’ lighting module, price on request, by Vincent Van Duysen, for Flos

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Casting a seductive light over our dream dining scene is the ‘Episode 2’, Vincent Van Duysen’s update of his original ‘Infra-Structure’ lighting series for Flos. This system follows an industrial aesthetic, taking its cues from the Bauhaus and allowing for playfully twisted combinations, compositions and configurations on infinite levels.

Tom Dixon

Best glassware from the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2021

‘Puck’ glassware, from £65 per pair; ice bucket, £100, all by Tom Dixon

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The playfulness continues at the table with Tom Dixon’s contemporary cocktail glassware, which pairs a satisfyingly thick base reminiscent of ice hockey pucks with elegant geometric forms, such as cylinders, cones and spheres. The collection creates a stylish set of consummate companions for our cocktails – Martinez (red), featuring vermouth, maraschino liqueur, angostura bitters and orange, Gin & Tonic, and Magic Number (orange), featuring pink grapefruit juice, cardamom syrup and passion fruit pulp – all crafted using Berry Bros & Rudd’s No.3 London Dry Gin. We’ll drink to that.


Anne Soward joined the Wallpaper* team as Production Editor back in 2005, fresh from a three-year stint working in Sydney at Vogue Entertaining & Travel. She prepares all content for print to ensure every story adheres to Wallpaper’s superlative editorial standards. When not dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, she dreams about real estate.