Introducing Wallpaper* Global Interiors 2021

We’ve searched pole to pole and pillar to post for the sleek, the chic and the unique: discover our edit of contemporary furniture from six continents

Wallpaper* Global Interiors
Artist: Form & Rausch. Interiors: Olly Mason
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Wallpaper* introduces its annual Global Interiors, featuring pieces from six continents to offer a snapshot from the world of design. Wallpaper* head of interiors, Olly Mason, worked with Hannes Lippert of Berlin 3D design studio Form & Rausch to create a glimpse of each continent, combining immersive settings with standout furniture and design.

Wallpaper* Global Interiors: immersive set design by Form & Rausch

North American Design Edit

Design in North America: Form & Rausch’s interpretation of the North American landscape for Wallpaper’s Global Interiors features a textured rock formation reminiscent of American canyons

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Form & Rausch created a visual identity that would define the feature while being flexible to allow for unique elements from each continent. The seven escapist backdrops created by Lippert are modern while rooted in geographical context, featuring furniture from independent designers and established brands from each location.

Wallpaper’s Global Interiors includes designs from Africa, South America, Central and North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania, displayed within immersive locations created by Lippert and Mason to visually evoke an imagined dreamscape within each continent.

‘For each image, I searched for fascinating landscapes, typical materials and colours,’ says Lippert. These elements were combined to create seven images, where each ambiance is achieved through a play of light, shadow, colour and texture. A simple contemporary architectural structure forms a common thread throughout the story, with concrete and textured glass elements minimally framing the spaces.

Design from Oceania

For our vignette featuring Australian design as well as pieces from New Zealand, Form & Rausch recreated the crystalline waters of the Australian coral reef

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Beyond these structures, Lippert gave a glimpse of nature inspired by each continent, from European white marble caves to the surreal blues of the Australian coral reefs, African deserts, and rock formations that evoke North American canyons. Light played a key role in his design, with a unique light for each image, combined with shadow play from the objects. Plants and greenery were also used by the artist to strengthen a sense of place, such as the green foliage inspired by the South American rainforests, and the subtle red flowers whose colour references the roofs of Chinese templar architecture and Japanese cherry blossoms.

‘The challenge,’ concludes Lippert, ‘was to strike a balance between nature and architecture, and make it feel like a living place.’

Discover more about each leg of our global design journey, with full details of products from Africa, South America, Central and North America, Asia, Europe and Oceania

Read the April 2021 Global Interiors Issue of Wallpaper*

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.