2014 in review: the year in pictures
January: Design Awards 2014
Kicking off the year with a celebratory bang, we revealed our honours list for the people, places, pieces and phenomena that raised our pulses – and paused to look back through a decade of design triumphs.
Pictured: ‘Lift’, by Gwenaël Nicolas, for Louis Vuitton, which scooped our Best Ride award. Photography: Jan Lehner. Fashion: Nobuko Tannawa
January: Spirit-lifting tonics
While we're always up for a night on the town, sometimes we prefer the option of drinks on the house. We served up our January food news with a liquid twist, from Ryan Gander's compendium of conceptual artists' cocktails (pictured) to Roots and Bulbs’ cold-pressed vegetable juices
January: Dover Street’s New York outpost
New year shopping sprees came early for fashion fans in New York, with the opening of Rei Kawakubo's Dover Street Market on Lexington Avenue. The shimmering space included sculptural installations by artist Kohei Nawa, realised in an auspicious golden hue
January: Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Meanwhile, Atelier Ace added another notch to its belt with an ambitious property inhabiting the former premises and Spanish Gothic-style theatre of maverick film studio United Artists, scoring a Wallpaper* Design Award for Best Musical Bolt-hole along the way.
Photography: Spencer Lowell
February: Maison et Objet 2014
Paris' Maison et Objet has always been a major fixture on our calendar, and this year more designers than ever appeared to be in town. The mood was fresh at the fair, and colour infiltrated collections in all manner of nuances and pairings.
Pictured: 'Nordic Spruce Box’, by Labt
February: Yabu Pushelberg
Over in New York, design duo Yabu Pushelberg handed us the keys to their home in a Richard Meier-designed tower on Perry Street. Then, we took a tour of some of their recent projects, from the interiors at the London Edition to Lane Crawford's first Shanghai store.
Pictured: The living room of Yabu Pushelberg's New York apartment, which played host to one of the fashion stories in our March issue (see W*180)
February: Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014
Then, new launches and artful collaborations brought the Swedish design fair to the fore.
Pictured: 'Sine' collection, by Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho
February: Bruce Gilden
Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden gathered a cast of 'characters' for our March issue's 'Mob Rules' story - shot at Al Capone's former Miami residence - and shared with us online a selection of his seminal works.
Pictured: ‘A family walks along the crowded...', by Bruce Gilden, 1988, Coney Island, New York
March: New York’s latest crop of luxury residential developments
Architectural happenings dominated March. First up, we took a whistle-stop tour of the residential developments set to reshape the Big Apple’s iconic skyline.
Pictured: 432 Park Avenue by Rafel Viñoly
March: Zaha Hadid’s Dondaemun Design Park
Then, a busy and historic neighbourhood in central Seoul's Jongno-gu district became the home of one of South Korea's most innovative new spaces, the Dongdaemun Design Park (DDP) by architect Zaha Hadid.
Photography: Virgile Simon Bertrand
March: Steven Holl’s Reid Building
American architect Steven Holl designed a contemporary addition to the Glasgow School of Art's campus, the Reid Building, which will house the school's design department.
Photography: Iwan Baan
March: dRMM's WoodBlock House
London-based practice de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects designed a home for artist Richard Woods and his family, with a colourful façade created partly in Woods' signature woodgrain motifs
April: Salone del Mobile 2014
In April, the international design crowd descended on Milan for the world’s most important furniture fair. Team Wallpaper* hit the ground running to uncover the best that the design world had to offer, including Formafantasma’s volcanic rock furniture and the rich pickings at this year’s Salone Satellite.
Pictured: British artist Sarah Lucas’ 14-piece concrete and MDF furniture collection. © Sarah Lucas. Courtesy of Sadie Coles HQ, London
April: Where Architects Live
Elsewhere at the Milanese fair, Francesca Molteni and Davide Pizzigoni invited you into the personal spaces of eight of the world's most prominent architects, such as Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield
April: A/W 2014 women’s Fashion Week invitations
That same month we also rounded up our favourite womenswear invitations, with a selection that ranged in spectrum from Kenzo's glowing offering (pictured) to Stella McCartney's tangerine Plexiglass keyring.
Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss
May: Architecture news from Portugal
In May, we reported on the most recent architectural undertakings in Portugal, with projects varying as much in scale as in agenda.
Pictured: Quinta do Lobo Branco Hotel, Penafiel, by AND-RÉ. Photography: João Soares
May: Frieze New York
As far as art fairs go, the Frieze franchise knows how to deliver. Frieze New York touted a more cohesive programme this year, along with its consistent roster of big name contemporary art gallery participants.
Pictured: Pictured: Los Angeles-based gallery Public Fiction’s re-staging of Allen Ruppersberg's mythic 1971 project, 'Al's Grand Hotel'. Photography: Marco Scozzaro
May: RIBA London winners
Ahead of its eagerly anticipated Stirling Prize, RIBA announced the winners of its regional London awards.
Pictured: The Shed, by Haworth Tompkins, winner of RIBA London Architect of the Year Award. Photography: Philip Vile
May: Venice Architecture Biennale preview
Starting with the change in season, then a change in the exhibition format and a new curator - the influential Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas - everything seemed to point to the fact that the biannual celebration of architecture would offer a unique take on the industry zeitgeist.
Pictured: Model of Venice's new M9 City District development. Photography: Jan Bitter
June: The Apartment
With ideal summer escapes in mind, we reported on, a striking rentable apartment conceived by the owners of Graanmarkt 13 - Antwerp's most chic shopping and dining destination
Photography: Frederik Vercruysse
June: Villa CP
Another of June’s most popular stories was our interactive tour of Villa CP, a sustainable holiday home in Spain designed by Catalan firm Zest Architecture.
Photography: Jesus Granada
June: Design Miami Basel 2014
Not to mention our report on Design Miami's Swiss outing, which broaden in scope and ambition this year.
Pictured: 'Thread Wrapped Architecture 290414', by Anton Alvarez, presented by Libby Sellers
July: Wallpaper* Handmade 2014
July saw us celebrate five years of Wallpaper* Handmade, for which we commissioned a series of remarkable one-off pieces from an international cast of the finest artists, designers, craftsmen and manufacturers.
Pictured: installation view of the exhibition at Leclettico gallery in Milan. Photography: Tommaso Sartori
July: Hauser & Wirth Somerset
In Somerset, art world power couple Iwan and Manuela Wirth transformed a rural farm into a bold new destination for contemporary art.
Pictured: 'Everything is Going to be Alright', by Martin Creed, 2011. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth
July: A/W 2014-15 haute couture highlights
The fantastical world of Paris Couture was upon us, which called for a trip to Paris for the to haute-worthy confections of the season.
Pictured: Backstage at Versac's A/W 2014-15 haute couture presentation
July: Beauty news
Finally, our lifestyle team set your senses alight with facial masks inspired by beauty traditions from around the world (pictured), a collection of abstract scents and a wireless flash that would enable anyone to capture faces in the best light
August: Labyrinth and maze artworks
For artists and architects, the creative possibilities of labyrinths and mazes are infinite. We got lost inside eight perception-bending mazes and labyrinths that eschew the hedgerow norm.
Photography: Thierry Bal
August: Architecture news from the Netherlands
Then, we charted the latest wave of cultural, public and commercial icons shaping the Dutch built environment.
Pictured: Rotterdam Central Station by Benthem Crouwel, MVSA Architects and West 8. Photography: Luke Harle
August: Travel essentials
However bumpy things get in the skies, there is one way to ensure perfect flight conditions with our round-up of the top 10 travel companions for life on the move.
Pictured: 11+ World Clock, by Cloudandco
August: S/S 2015 men’s Fashion Week invitations
August finished off with our mailbox overflowing with some of the best invitations from the menswear collections.
Pictured: Saint Laurent S/S 2015. Photography: Jessica Klingelfuss
September: Best Urban Hotels 2014 shortlist
The 48 best urban hotels to sleep in a city this year came from a new generation of self-contained lifestyle hives.
Pictured: Edition Hotel, London, UK
September: The 2014 London Design Festival
From the show–stopping installations to the best new collections and brand debuts, team Wallpaper* left no stone unturned to round up the finest the festival had to offer.
Pictured: ‘U Stool’ and shelving systems, by Hamajima Takuya at 19 Greek Street. Photography: Jamie McGregor Smith
September: Open House London
Meanwhile, the Open House programme unlocked some of the English capital's most interesting doors.
Pictured: Kew House by Piercy & Company. Photography: Jack Hobhouse
Story 3: S/S 2015 women’s Fashion Week highlights
Skipping across the globe, our fashion team reflected on the season's runway trends and triumphs.
Pictured: Fendi S/S 2015. Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans
October: Wallpaper* Travel Directory
Come October, we unveiled our inspiring new travel channel. From the world's newest bolt-holes, to full-fledged design hostels, bars, restaurants, and ski resorts, our travel directory offers the armchair traveller the perfect companion.
Pictured: Aman Tokyo, Japan
October: Philippe Starck’s prefabricated house
On the outskirts of Paris, Philippe Starck revealed his vision for the the modern living ideal with his prototype for PATH (Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes)
October: Architecture news from Bordeaux
And we headed over to the French port city to uncover its new architectural marvels, from Herzog & de Meuron's stadium (pictured) to a new venue entirely (and fittingly) dedicated to wine as a cultural phenomenon.
Photography: Philippe Caumes
October: The loftiest hotel rooftops
Like a shot of vertigo with your vodka martini? Our global selection of the hotel rooftops and bars where the views are long and the drinks are always tall
November: London's latest residential developments
Over in London, we pulled back the curtain on its new residential developments as the city is gripped by a construction boom.
Pictured: Newfoundland tower by Horden Cherry Lee
November: Best Urban Hotels 2014 winners
We then presented the winners of our annual Best Business Hotel awards - proof that you can mix business with pleasure. JK Place Roma in Italy (pictured) nabbed top honours this year
November: The 2014 Wood Awards
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in East Sussex, by Adam Richards Architects, scooped this year’s top honours, plus we took a tour of the winning designs
November: Partisans’ lakeside Grotto
Experimental design practice Partisans took the edge off traditional sauna design with its own wooden wonder on the edge of Lake Huron
December: Graduate Directory 2015
Ever forward-looking, we rounded up hot young talents destined for big things from the fields of design, architecture, fashion and more
December: Design Awards 2015 preview
To get you into a proper pre-award tizzy, we revealed the shortlist for our extra-special Judges’ Awards and this year’s jury of the peerless and precocious.
Pictured: Tableware collection, by Aldo Bakker, for Georg Jensen, shortlisted for Best Domestic Design.
December: Zaha Hadid's desert dream
UAE environmental and waste management company Bee’ah enlisted the architectural might of Zaha Hadid to design an awe-inspiring 7,000 sq m headquarters in Sharjah that will help to realise the company’s admirable environmental goals
December: Michael Reynolds’ photo diary of Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach
Our US editor Michael Reynolds offered the ultimate insider's view of Miami's design and art extravaganzas, curating a visual mash-up of the two fairs.
Pictured: Poolside at the newly opened Thompson Miami Beach hotel (left); and 'Night & Day 62', by Jos Devriendt, 2014, courtesy of Pierre Marie Giraud, exhibited at Design Miami