2017 in review: the year in 100 pictures

At Wallpaper* HQ, we do a lot of forward-thinking. With the year drawing to a close, it’s a rare chance to pause, reflect, and celebrate the people, places and things that have rocked our world over the last year. We soon realised it would be near-impossible to whittle down all of the spirit-lifting architecture, design, fashion, art and more, that had inspired us – and you – in 2017. Wallpaper* celebrated 21 years of life-enhancing stuff; launched Precious Index, our new watches and jewellery supplement; hit the global design and art fair circuit, from Milan to Miami, Buenos Aires to Brussels; and went inside Apple Park, just to name a few things. Here, we pick out some of our favourite highlights, all 100 of them...

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Wallpaper* Design Awards 2017

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We kicked the year off with a bang with our annual Design Awards, paying tribute to the high, mighty and monolithic. Buffer than the Oscars, slightly naughtier than the Nobels, the Wallpaper* Design Awards anoints the people, places and particular things of the year. We invited an elite panel to sit in judgement over 11 special award categories – see the competition-crushing podium toppers who stood taller, aimed higher and thought bigger and better than the rest. Pictured, winners of the Best Henge award, including ‘Louxor’ Vase, $950, by Baccarat. ‘Tack’ Console, $5,400, by Uhuru. ‘Relief’ Stone Cabinet, price on request, by Fort Standard. ‘RH geometric Double-Door Cabinet’ in Ash Brown Oak, from $3,195, by Richard Forwood, for Restoration Hardware. ‘Glitch 2’ Desk, $20,895, by Christopher Stuart, from The Future Perfect. Producer: Michael Reynolds

Jony Ive on Apple Park

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Jony Ive on Apple Park

(Image credit: Mark Mahaney)

We went head to head with Jony Ive, who opened up about Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone. Pictured, the glass fins provide shade from the Californian sun at Apple Park. Foster + Partners and Apple’s design team considered fabric and fibreglass fins before settling on the final design.

Military detail

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Military detail

(Image credit: Jonathan Frantini)

Our platoon of swashbuckling young guns stood to attention in our military-inspired menswear shoot. Pictured, jacket, £1,625; trousers, £310, both by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello. Shoes, £622, by Pierre Hardy. Socks (worn throughout), £13, by Falke. Belt (vintage, worn throughout), price on request, by Le Vestiare. Fashion: Jérôme André. Shot on location at the former Collegio Aeronautico in Forli, Italy

The Future Perfect’s hot house of design

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The Future Perfect’s hot house of design

(Image credit: François Dischinger)

We felt the heat at Casa Perfect, Los Angeles’ smouldering design showcase in the West Hollywood Hills. Pictured, ‘XL’ vessel, as above; ‘Iona’ mirror, $8,750, by Pinch; ‘Zigzag’ bench, price on request, by Christopher Stuart; 'Tube’ chandelier; ‘Hemisphere’ table, both as above; ‘Gregg’ lamps, from $415, by Foscarini; ‘Lavinia’ chair, as above, all from The Future Perfect. Producer: Michael Reynolds

Entrepreneur James Jannard’s Beverly Hills lair

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Entrepreneur James Jannard’s Beverly Hills lair

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Elsewhere in LA, we opened up the doors to the iDGroup-designed Beverly Hills lair of serial entrepreneur James Jannard. Pictured, the infinity pool, with views of the city reflected in the retractable glass wall.

Holidays in Soviet sanatoriums

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Holidays in Soviet sanatoriums

(Image credit: Natalia Kupriyanova)

Published by Fuel Design, the book Holidays in Soviet Sanatoriums took readers on a health-conscious journey into a world of peeling wallpaper, statues of Lenin and alternative, new world medicine. Pictured, Klyazma sanatorium, built in 1963 around the Klyazminsky Reservoir on the outskirts of Moscow.

Pool and spa by Claesson Koivisto Rune

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Pool and spa by Claesson Koivisto Rune

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A pool and spa complex by Claesson Koivisto Rune in Sweden had hidden depths. The laser-cut tiles in the pool are laid in a chevron pattern that references traditional French parquet

Centro Botín by Renzo Piano

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Centro Botín by Renzo Piano

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This year also saw Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano unveil his highly anticipated cultural building: the Centro Botín in Santander. Courtesy of Fundación Botín

Noma bids farewell

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Noma bids farewell

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Noma’s restaurant furnishings went under the hammer in November, courtesy of Chicago auction house Wright, after René Redzepi’s restaurant closed earlier this year. Pictured, bespoke stoneware by father and son Aage and Kasper Würtz

Palm Springs Modernism Week

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Palm Springs Modernism Week

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In February, we made our annual sojourn to Palm Springs for this year’s edition of Modernism Week,  an 11-day affair celebrating the iconic mid-century architecture that fills the area. Pictured, the fifth Desert Eichler to be completed in Palm Springs, this newly built house is a contemporary version of an original Eichler house designed by Claude Oakland

Martino Gamper and Brigitte Niedermair’s Google remix

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Martino Gamper and Brigitte Niedermair’s Google remix

(Image credit: Brigitte Niedermair, Martino Gamper)

For textile brand Dedar, designer Martino Gamper and photographer Brigitte Niedermair rendered master artists’ work in a new hue.

Smart move

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Smart move

(Image credit: Ilaria Orsini)

Resort wear came first at our Gianni Botsford-designed London townhouse. Pictured, Jacket, £4,425; shorts, £2,700, both by Hermès. Flowers courtesy of Flowerbx. Fashion: Isabelle Kountoure

In the hot seat

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In the hot seat

(Image credit: Francesco Nazardo)

We were sitting pretty on a velvet goldmine in our March 2017 issue fashion shoot. Pictured, Blazer, £2,470; gilet, £680; bodysuit, £550; skirt, £1,280; boots, £950, all by Louis Vuitton. ‘0414’ armchair, £955, by Gallotti & Radice. Fashion: Eugenie Dalland. Interiors: Amy Heffernan

RIBA House of the Year

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RIBA House of the Year

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A new take on the English country house nabbed one of RIBA’s top honours this year. Caring Wood House designed by architects James Wright and Niall Maxwell is the winner of the 2017 RIBA House of the Year.

Purple reign

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Purple reign

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Purple platters here we come. Back in April, we took some hearty nutritionists advise, by looking to the darker end of the rainbow. Enter the purple reign of (clockwise from left) purple corn kernels, purple potato, sweet potato ice cream (from Ruby Violet), purple rice, purple carrots, blueberries, purple asparagus, blackberries, aubergine, grapes, and purple cornflour. Food stylist: Lucy-Ruth Hathaway

Red lines

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Red lines

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David King’s stockpile of Soviet design agitated at Tate Modern. Pictured, USSR in Construction, no. 8, spread designed by Aleksandr Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, 1936

Kelly Behun’s penthouse prowess

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Kelly Behun’s penthouse prowess

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We made ourselves comfortable atop of Rafael Viñoly’s 432 Park Avenue, where interior designer Kelly Behun had styled a ‘living gallery’ in a 92nd floor apartment of the mighty residential block.

Surveying Seoul’s skyline

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Surveying Seoul’s skyline

(Image credit: Yong Kwan Kim)

The year saw us cast our gaze towards Seoul, where a host of architecture projects were bringing a new slant to the Korean capital. Pictured, Darak Darak, by The System Lab, 2017.

Wood Lane by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

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Wood Lane by Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects

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Birds Portchmouth Russum Architects took nautical modernism to the trees in this Highgate house in London.

Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center

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Zaha Hadid Architect’s new energy research centre in Dubai was fit for a king.

Bahn storming

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Bahn storming

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Germany’s industrial landscapes are still shaped by the automobile. Jonathan Bell reported on the country’s big players racing to stay ahead of the pack. Pictured, BMW 530d xDrive, Munich.

Chill out

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Chill out

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Our interiors team enjoyed a natural high, putting together the best new outdoor furniture ready for anything. Pictured, Trame’ chair, £377, by Amandine Chhor and Aïssa Logerot, for Petite Friture. ‘Clay’ table, from €1,570, by Marc Krusin, for Desalto. ‘Stems’ vase, €1,090, by Leonardo Talarico, for Cappellini. ‘Wire S#’ lounger, €3,700, by Muller Van Severen. ‘Borne Béton’ light, price on request, by Le Corbusier, reissued by Nemo. Interiors: Matthew Morris. Production: Blinkfilm. Location: Aurland Lookout, Norway, by Saunders Arkitektur and Wilhelmsen Arkitektur. . As originally featured in the May 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*218)

Swissôtel vitality room by Wallpaper* Composed

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Swissôtel vitality room by Wallpaper* Composed

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January is the time for rest and reflection after a busy holiday season. So to Zurich, where our Wallpaper* Composed team conjured a rejuvenating retreat for Swissôtel. Wallpaper* interiors director Amy Heffernan interpreted the Swissôtel vitality room as the very definition of wellness. Craft, texture, surface and form are foremost in this contemporary retreat; technology is discreet. Clever, calming design ensures the guest experience is relaxing and tranquil.

Left field

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Left field

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Braving the October chill, we layered style with intrigue amid the installations at Albion Barn in Oxfordshire. Pictured, parka, £980, by Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. Parka (worn underneath), £625, by Woolrich. All-in-one, £1,100, by Gucci. Scarf, price on request, by JW Anderson. Shoes, £605, by Salvatore Ferragamo. Arc, 2014, Cor-ten steel, by Bernar Venet. Fashion: Harry Lambert. As originally featured in the July 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*220)

Tunnel vision

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Tunnel vision

(Image credit: Liam Warwick)

For our September 2017 Style Special, we tapped Anders Hayward to direct the movement for a menswear fashion shoot photographed by Liam Warwick, in which we celebrate clashing checks and plucky plaids. Pictured, jacket, £1,060; trousers, £450, both by Fendi. Roll-neck, £155, by John Smedley. Shoes, £2,092, by Raf Simons. ‘Diamond’ chair, £704, by Harry Bertoia, for Knoll. Fashion: Jason Hughes. As originally featured in the September 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*222)

Lustre for life

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Lustre for life

(Image credit: Liam Warwick)

Contemporary takes on texture put pearl designs in a new light. Pictured, Single ‘Anchor’ earring in yellow gold, with freshwater baroque pearls and brown diamonds, £3,870, by Gaelle Khouri, from Talisman Gallery. Necklace in gold and diamonds, with 29 cultured pearls, price on request, by Graff. Watches & Jewellery Director: Caragh McKay. Fashion: Lune Kuipers

Camera Press turns 70

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Camera Press turns 70

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Picture agency Camera Press toasted 70 years in the business this year, as an exhibition of images from seven decades of the agency’s archives: ‘Camera Press at 70 – A Lifetime in Pictures’, at Art Bermondsey Project Space explored. Pictured: Film maker and visual artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2015. © Chris Floyd / BAFTA/ Camera Press

Tom Bianchi’s sun-drenched Polaroids

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Tom Bianchi’s sun-drenched Polaroids

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Tom Bianchi’s sun-drenched Polaroids captured the halcyon days of Fire Island Pines at New York’s Throckmorton Fine Art. Pictured, Untitled #33, 1975-83, by Tom Bianchi

Paloma Picasso’s jewellery for Tiffany & Co

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Paloma Picasso’s jewellery for Tiffany & Co

(Image credit: Pierpaolo Ferrari)

Designing new pieces for Tiffany & Co, Paloma Picasso opened up on her process of happy surprises. Pictured, ‘Paloma’s Melody’ pendant; five-band bangle in gold and diamonds, both as before; nine-band bangle in gold, £11,700, all for Tiffany & Co.

Under the skin of Chiharu Shiota

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Under the skin of Chiharu Shiota

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A new monograph got under the skin of installation artist Chiharu Shiotan. Pictured, The Key in the Hand, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Spoiler alert

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Spoiler alert

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Fondation Cartier’s blockbuster car photography show got into gear in September, featuring works by the likes of William Eggleston, Robert Frank, Daido Moriyama, Ed Ruscha, Joel Meyerowitz, Seydou Keïta, Germaine Krull, Martin Parr, Hiroshi Sugimoto. Pictured, From the ‘Los Alamos’ series, by William Eggleston, 1965-1968. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, Memphis

William Wegman’s unseen Polaroids

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William Wegman’s unseen Polaroids

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William Wegman – erstwhile Wallpaper* Guest Editor — filled two floors of New York gallery Sperone Westwater with never before seen Polaroid pictures, which were only recently discovered. Proboscidea, by William Wegman. Courtesy of Sperone Westwater

In the pink

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In the pink

(Image credit: Pierpaolo Ferrari, Maurizio Cattelan)

A venerable Milan institution, Bar Basso is the mainstay of the design community during Salone del Mobile. In celebration, we toasted its enduring health.  As originally featured in the May 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*218)

Alex Da Corte’s fantasy world

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Alex Da Corte’s fantasy world

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Oscar Wilde met Wes Anderson in the fantasy world of Alex Da Corte for an exhibition earlier this year. Pictured, installation view of ‘Slow Graffiti’ at Vienna Secession

Baroque and roll

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Baroque and roll

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An extraordinary Austrian castle played host to a show of young designers – ‘Morphosis’ – in May, curated by Alice Stori Liechtenstein. ‘It’s all about relationships, and how people come together,’ Liechtenstein mused, on inviting designers to show at the bucolic location.

Casa Vicens by Gaudí

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Casa Vicens by Gaudí

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Gaudí’s meticulously restored Casa Vicens reopened in Barcelona.

Maxime Old’s Rouen interiors

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Maxime Old’s Rouen interiors

(Image credit: Tomáš Souček)

Few of French architect and interior designer Maxime Old’s glorious interiors remain, save a pair of well-preserved 1960s masterpieces. We sent Wallpaper* contributor Adam Štěch to Rouen for a closer look at the Halles aux Toiles (pictured) and Council Hall. The main congress hall in Halles aux Toiles features a vaulted timber ceiling. Its form recalls the shape of Norman Drakkar boats, as well as honouring the cloth merchants who created Rouen’s wealth.

The Houseboat by Mole Architects

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The Houseboat by Mole Architects

(Image credit: Rory Gardiner)

Meanwhile, a house with marine dreams washed up on the Dorset coast. The six-year process of building the Houseboat, a new home in Poole, was a labour of love for both client, Roger Zogolovitch, and architect, Meredith Bowles. The main living space of the Houseboat (pictured) is dominated by a triple-height concrete arch. An upper-level snug benefits from internal views as well as an outlook across Poole harbour.

Made in Milan

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Made in Milan

(Image credit: Laura Coulson)

We went inside Carlo Aymonino and Aldo Rossi’s iconic Gallaratese housing project in Milan. Pictured, a public plaza designed by Aymonino includes the pink amphitheatre at the heart of the project.

Moroccan jewel

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Moroccan jewel

(Image credit: Dan Glasser)

Fresh off the completion of the Yves Saint Laurent Museum (pictured) in Marrakech, Studio KO launched a new book surveying the dynamic duo’s projects, complete with meticulous

Graduate Directory 2017

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Graduate Directory 2017

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Hand-picked by Wallpaper*, this year’s Graduate Directory celebrated the hottest talents in design, architecture, fashion, transport and more. Pictured, a design by Gerrit Rietveld Academie graduate Iris Woutera de Jong. Fashion: Lune Kuipers

Mary Wallis and Lindsey Adelman’s switched-on friendship

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Mary Wallis and Lindsey Adelman’s switched-on friendship

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This year, a very switched-on friendship spurred two of New York’s brightest design stars to shine. Under Lindsey Adelman’s tutelage, Mary Wallis has risen from intern to senior designer. Adelman’s company began producing Wallis’ own designs in 2014 – an undisputed coup for any young talent. Having worked together for nine years, the two New Yorkers are not only still in sync but also spur each other on to new heights, going above and beyond the typical mentor-mentee relationship. Producer: Michael Reynolds. As originally featured in the October 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*223)

Aesop’s Sloane Square flagship

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Aesop’s Sloane Square flagship

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Designed by Norwegian interior architect and seven-time collaborator Snøhetta, Aesop’s new Sloane Square flagship was a subtle choreography of light, warmth and scent. The interiors were devised in collaboration with Aesop’s longstanding in-house architect Jean-Philippe Bonnefoi, who provided Snøhetta with a mood-board of inspirations. ‘It included everything from music, notes about the local area, to movie-set scenography and Youtube clips of James Bond,’ explains project architect Gaute Simonsen

Fashion week show venues

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Fashion week show venues

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Each season we compile the most scene-stealing venues of the fashion season. Pictured here, from the S/S 2018 menswear shows, artistic director Alessandro Sartori of Ermenegildo Zegna Couture held his second runway show at the helm of the brand, in the courtyard of the University of Milan – a space he spent time relaxing in during his childhood

From Prussia with love

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From Prussia with love

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Our entertaining team sent us a love letter from Prussia, full of schmoozing and schnitzel at the Villa Kampffmeyer in Potsdam. Pictured, ‘Felidae II’ chairs, from £1,974 each, by Amy Somerville. ‘Rollo’ lamps, £368 each, by Heathfield. Dining table, by Friederike Tebbe of Studio Farbarchiv. ‘Kürbisflasche’ bottle, €189, by Theresienthal. ‘HS’ wine glass, €73, by Nason Moretti. ‘Double Chain Link’ sculpture, $1,895, by Kelly Wearstler. Sputnik chandelier, £12,470, by Baxter London. Candle holder, €320, by Josef Frank, for Svenskt Tenn. ‘Plissee’ vase, €429, by Rosenthal. Photography: Phil Dunlop. Interiors: Benjamin Kempton. Entertaining Director: Melina Keays. Fashion: Jason Hughes. As originally featured in the April 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*217)

Perfect shot

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Perfect shot

(Image credit: Anthony Cotsifas)

Our interiors team hit the target with high-impact design. Pictured, ‘Peony’ and ‘Tulip’ ceramics, from $600, by Matthew Solomon, for Maison Gerard. ‘Celestial’ bowls on stands, from $395, by L’Objet. Producer: Michael Reynolds. Retouching: Anonymous Retouch

Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue flagship

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Calvin Klein’s Madison Avenue flagship

(Image credit: Elizabeth Felicella, Esto Photographics)

Raf Simons’ reworking of the Calvin Klein brand reached a new high with the reopening of its Madison Avenue flagship space in NYC. Coinciding with the arrival of Simons’ debut collection in store, the three-storey space – originally designed by John Pawson – was transformed with an immersive floor-to-ceiling installation by the American artist Sterling Ruby.

DSquared’s knockout gym

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DSquared’s knockout gym

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Dean and Dan Caten, the Canadian twins behind Dsquared2, can now boast a gym on their growing list of design credentials, and it’s no hyperbole, having added Milan’s most beautiful, best-serviced fitness space to their HQ. Pictured, the eye-catching entrance to Ceresio 7’s new spa. 

Sound track

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Sound track

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Our ‘Sound track’ fashion story was shot on location at the Monte Amiata housing complex. Pictured, Jacket; trousers, prices on request; shoes, £940, all by Alexander McQueen. Fashion: Harry Lambert

Golden eye

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Golden eye

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Delfina Delettrez celebrated ten years as a jewellery design visionary. Pictured, Delettrez’s ‘Eyes on Me’ brooch, designed to celebrate the jewellery brand’s anniversary and the launch of Precious Index, our watches and jewellery supplement launched this year.

Play house

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Play house

(Image credit: Benjamin Swanson)

Go behind the scenes of our Smallpaper* shoot and see the (little) refined things. Pictured from left, ‘Darkly’ mirror, £370, by Nick Ross, for Menu. ‘Little Architect’ bench, £139; table, £219; chair, £99, all by Ferm Living. Word cubes, €49, by Pia Weinberg, for Maison Deux. Find Me: A Hide and Seek Book, £13, by Anders Arhoj (Abrams & Chronicle). ‘Ginger’ portable light, £265, by Joan Gaspar, for Marset. ‘Playon’ crayons, £12 for 12, by Studio Skinky, from The Conran Shop. Hecks Finch #1, 2016, price on request, by Luke Stephenson, from The Photographers’ Gallery. ‘Kazimir’ table, price on request, by Philipp Mainzer, for E15. ‘Ginger’ table lamp, £567, by Joan Gaspar, for Marset. ‘Beoplay P2’ Bluetooth speaker, £149, by Cecilie Manz, for Bang & Olufsen, from John Lewis. ‘Surface’ laptop, from £979, by Microsoft. ‘Colour Block’ memo pad, £12, by Nomess Copenhagen, from Future & Found. ‘S-Tidy’, £26, by Michel Charlot, for Vitra. ‘Acme’ chair, €215, by Geckeler Michels, for Fredericia. Rug, £2,550, by Jaime Hayon, for Nanimarquina. Estate emulsion in Calamine, £44 for 2.5 litres, by Farrow & Ball. ‘Terrazzo’ wallpaper; flooring, Douglas flooring, £60 per sq m, by Dinesen. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Set build: Cloud + Horse. Interiors assistant: Robin Taher. As originally featured in the October 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*223)

Cannon Lane House by Claudio Silvestrin

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Cannon Lane House by Claudio Silvestrin

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Forming the backdrop to our September issue leather coats shoot, Claudio Silvestrin’s Cannon Lane House in Hampstead was a multi-storey marvel

Inner calm

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Inner calm

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Looking for inner calm, we took a holistic approach to feasting with sublime sustenance at a John Pawson-designed retreat in the Welsh hills. Pictured, ‘CHA Holz’ dish, £37, by Federica Capitani, for Rosenthal. ‘Chamber’ candle holder, €140, by Sigurd Persson, for Svenskt Tenn. ‘Nattoffice’ candlestick, €80, by Richard Hutten, for Skultuna. Candles, £13 for pair, by Ester & Erik, from The Conran Shop. ‘Emerald’ dinner plate, €41, by Vista Alegre. ‘Silver Time’ bowl, £235, by Christofle, from Harrods. ‘The Free-Spirited’ light, part of the Ink and Wash collection, $735, by EY-Products. ‘Artesano Hot Beverage’ tumbler, £14; ‘Ella’ cutlery, £1,871 for 113-piece set, both by Villeroy & Boch, from Harrods. Tajine, £69, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for KnIndustrie. Brass bowl, £97, by Jasper Morrison, for Alessi. ‘Véga’ glass, £195, by Savinel & Rozé, for Baccarat; ‘Silver Time’ teapot, £730, by Christofle, both from Harrods. Shot on location at The Life House, designed by John Pawson and available to rent through Living Architecture (opens in new tab). Entertaining Director: Melina Keays. Interiors: Matthew Morris. As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)

Crowning glory

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Crowning glory

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A collaboration with a London art school produced a futuristic jewel. Pictured, Scott Armstrong’s ‘Vertiges’ headpiece for Chaumet.

John Pawson in Technicolor

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John Pawson in Technicolor

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It turned out master of minimalism John Pawson also has a painterly approach to pigment. Published by Phaidon, the architect’s colour thesis Spectrum is given the opportunity to explode. Pictured, Bendinat, Mallorca, Spain, from Spectrum. Collection of John Pawson

Casa Zicatela by Picault and Ludwig Godefroy

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Casa Zicatela by Picault and Ludwig Godefroy

(Image credit: Rory Gardiner)

Known primarily for their work on nightclubs and bars, French architectural duo Picault and Ludwig Godefroy, who are based in Mexico, have developed an intuitive and spiritually charged style that mixes modernist and pre-Hispanic influences. Here, we took a house tour of Casa Zicatela, a vision in concrete. As originally featured in the October 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*223) 

Werner Huthmacher Photography and FCBStudios

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Werner Huthmacher Photography and FCBStudios

(Image credit: Werner Huthmacher Photography and FCBStudios)

From underground bunkers to converted fetish clubs, Berlin’s art scene has always disrupted the status quo. In August, the latest creative nerve centre to be unveiled was a project developed by London-based firm Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, in tandem with musician and photographer Bryan Adams, Hoidn Wang Partner, and Sauerzapfe Architekten.

56 Leonard by Herzog & de Meuron

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56 Leonard by Herzog & de Meuron

(Image credit: Alexander Severin)

At 60 storeys high, 56 Leonard is a top-heavy tower of tumbling and irregularly sized cuboids, almost digital in their casual accumulation. Pictured, custom made furniture and exposed concrete walls feature in the 18ft high lobby, which also features an Anish Kapoor.

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio

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Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa by Heatherwick Studio

(Image credit: Iwan Baan)

Resurrecting a disused grain silo, Heatherwick Studio created a temple to modern African art. As originally featured in the October 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*223)

I, robot

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I, robot

(Image credit: Brigitte Niedermair)

We delved behind the scenes at the London Science Museum’s recent exhibition about our obsession with mechanical life forms. As well as asking the big questions about robotic pasts, presents and futures, the show offers up a rogue’s gallery of android approximations of specialist applications, from healthcare through to entertainment. Pictured, jumpsuit, £5,535, by Chanel. Fashion: Isabelle Kountoure. As originally featured in the September 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*222)

Fashion Week frenzy

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Fashion Week frenzy

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Our fashion team hit the Fashion Week circuit hard this year, bringing you the latest looks from New York to London, Milan to Paris. Pictured, Céline’s S/S 2018 collection, which answered all clothing solutions for the elegant executive businesswomen (as a good chunk of Céline’s demographic are).

Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon, Portugal

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Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon, Portugal

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We were looking for warm escapes in February: case in point, Santa Clara 1728. Housed inside an 18th century pile on one of Lisbon’s most romantic squares, the hotel was designed by local architect Manuel Aires Mateus, whose clean, modern interiors are refreshing trimmings to the building’s ancient walls.

The reboot

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The reboot

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Rest and recovery was the name of the game in January, so we put together a 24-hour wellness plan just for you. Sip a super tonic, de-stress your desk and put yourself on ice. Beauty & Lifestyle Director: Emma Moore. Fashion: Lune Kuipers

Larry Sultan’s California chronicles

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Larry Sultan’s California chronicles

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In June, Larry Sultan’s vivid chronicles of California went on show at SFMOMA. This compact yet broad-reaching retrospective brings back Evidence, the pioneering book project from 1977, and also includes Pictures from Home (1983–92), which treats his parents’ suburban home like a private anthropological study. Pictured, Boxers, Mission Hills, from the series The Valley, 1999. © Estate of Larry Sultan. Courtesy of Casemore Kirkeby and Estate of Larry Sultan

Origami House by AGi Architects

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Origami House by AGi Architects

(Image credit: Matthieu Salvaing)

In Kuwait, we found went behind the folded, concrete façade of AGi Architects’ Origami House. Rooms are arranged around an internal courtyard (highly prized in Kuwait), which contains a small pool.

Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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Barceló Torre de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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The iconic Torre de Madrid found even more reason to be revered in March, with the addition of a Jaime Hayón-designed hotel, the Barceló Torre de Madrid.

Eduardo Brito’s Brazilia bolt-hole

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Eduardo Brito’s Brazilia bolt-hole

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This curvaceous first-floor apartment, in the affluent north-east of the city of Brazilia (Oscar Niemeyer’s city), is the work of Eduardo Brito, a young local architect. Photography: Nelson Kon. As originally featured in the April 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*217)

Best Urban Hotels 2017

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Best Urban Hotels 2017

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The shortlist for this year’s Best Urban Hotels included the Park Hyatt in Bangkok (pictured). Set within the former gardens of the British Embassy at the corner of Wireless and Ploen Chit Roads – the city’s heaving commercial artery – the new Park Hyatt is housed on the upper 27 floors of the Amanda Levete Architects-designed Central Embassy

Sunset boulevard

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Sunset boulevard

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Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre (SNFCC) rises out of Athens’ suburban coastal landscape at Kallithea like a longstanding landmark – providing the ideal backdrop for our fashion-focussed close up in September. Pictured, Kimono-dress, £950, by Ellery. Fashion: Isabelle Kountoure. As originally featured in the September 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*222)

Cosmic communist constructions

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Cosmic communist constructions

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Venice Biennale 2017

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Venice Biennale 2017

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As the art world descended on the Venice Biennale, we picked out the top ten pavilions, from colossal sculptures to dystopian vision. Pictured, Israel’s pavilion – with its mouldy floors and walls, peeling flock wallpaper and puzzle shaped floor panels filled with coffee dregs, the Israeli pavilion was turned from a building of beauty into one of decay

Eppich House by Arthur Erickson

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Eppich House by Arthur Erickson

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The drive to the Arthur Erickson-designed Eppich House, created with his long-time collaborator Nick Milkovich, revealed a jewel of a residence that is both time capsule and design beacon. 

Desert City by García-Germán Arquitectos

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Desert City by García-Germán Arquitectos

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Europe’s largest cactus garden, Desert City, sprung from an industrial wasteland in Spain, thanks to the green fingers of García-Germán Arquitectos.

The Surf Club’s grand revival

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The Surf Club’s grand revival

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More than 85 years since its launch – including a few decades of slumber – Miami’s legendary Surf Club reopened as the latest jewel in the crown of the Four Seasons group. Pictured, The Joseph Dirand-designed champagne bar within restaurant Le Sirenuse.

A stranger calls

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A stranger calls

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The new silhouette for men made a grand entrance in our March 2017 issue menswear shoot. Pictured, jacket, £2,300; trousers, £650, both by Louis Vuitton. Fashion: Jason Hughes

The New Old House

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The New Old House

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Published by Abrams & Chronicle, Marc Kristal’s international survey of adaptive re-use looked at 18 case studies where renewal has included a major new built component, sitting alongside the old to make a sharp and shapely juxtaposition. Pictured, Longbranch, by Jim Olson of Olson Kundig, Washington State.

Pavilion party

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Pavilion party

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In January, we also celebrated the architects packing big punches with small structures, rounding up the finest architectural pavilions around the globe. Pictured, Delgada 1, Portugal, by Camarim.

MA House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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MA House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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‘The house is geometry and material – nothing more,’ said architect Eduardo Cadaval of his project, MA House in Tepoztlán. Built as a holiday home, which would eventually become the main residence for its owners, the house is a monumental construction of volcanic stone and concrete. Pictured, a cut stone stairway lead from the ground floor to the upper levels.

Holy orders

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Holy orders

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Not Vital’s installation in a remote Filipino province was worth the pilgrimage for our June issue. A horizontal aperture runs the entire length of the chapel’s facade (pictured), allowing light to stream in and casting shadows on the walls inside.

Viviane Sassen’s artichokes with vinaigrette

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Viviane Sassen’s artichokes with vinaigrette

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For our Artist’s Palate series, Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen shared the recipe for one of her favourite dishes, artichokes and vinaigrette – always eaten on her birthday and filled with such sunny flavours. Click here for the recipe. Pictured, ‘Les Brothers’ mirror, £375, by Paolo Cappello, for Miniforms, from The Conran Shop. Marble bowl, £16, by Broste Copenhagen, from Goodhood. ‘Highland Falls 4’ matt emulsion, £24 per 2.5 litres, by Dulux. Interiors: Olly Mason. Food: Matthew Ford

Jason Rhoades retrospective at Hauser & Wirth

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Jason Rhoades retrospective at Hauser & Wirth

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A major survey of the late American artist Jason Rhoades took the West Coast by storm this year, presented at Hauser & Wirth’s LA outpost. Pictured, detail of My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage..., 2004. © The Estate of Jason Rhoades. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner and lender.

Love bites

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Love bites

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From shrimps to vintage champagne, we raised the bar on nuts and nibbles in our May issue. Interiors: Amy Heffernan. Set build: Cloud + Horse. Interiors assitant: Robin Taher. As originally featured in the October 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*223)

Entryways of Milan

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Entryways of Milan

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In Entryways of Milan – Ingressi di Milano, published by Taschen, editor and art director Karl Kolbitz picks out some of the quintessential corridors of Modern era Milan, revealing a side of the city that is usually concealed from view, (unless, of course, you happen to live in one of the residential buildings that contain ‘the city’s most hidden treasures’). Pictured, entrance by Giuseppe Roberto Martinenghi, 1937.

Shadow lines

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Shadow lines

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The spectral spaces of sculptor Do Ho Suh cast a veil over S/S17’s fabrics. Pictured, dress, €1,495; boots, €2,250, both by Balenciaga. Shoe clip (worn as earring), £395, by Jimmy Choo. Photography: Sofie Middernacht & Maarten Alexander. Fashion: Isabelle Kountoure. As originally featured in the March 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*216)

Robert Wilson’s The Sandman

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Robert Wilson’s The Sandman

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A concoction of Noh, AI and voguing, Robert Wilson’s adaptation of The Sandman was a rom-goth riot.

Bow belles

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Bow belles

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Stay ahead of the curve with sensual velvets, muted colours and geometric arcs with interiors courtesy of George Lewin Studio. Pictured, ‘Verona’ rug, £10,671, by Luke Irwin. ‘Venus’ dressing table, £10,181; stool, £1,416, both by Roberto Lazzeroni, for Giorgetti, from Harrods. ‘Neon’ light, £1,980, by Jochen Holz, for The New Craftsmen. Superstitious perfume, €180, by Frédéric Malle and Alber Elbaz. Les Yeux Noirs mascara, £55, by Christian Louboutin. Bibliothèque perfume, £150, by Byredo. ‘A810’ lamp, £1,756, by Alvar Aalto, for Artek, from Aram. ‘DU55’ chair, £2,220, by Gastone Rinaldi, for Poltrona Frau. ‘Ocean Travertine’ flooring, from £40 per sq m, by Amtico.  Interiors: George Lewin Studio. As originally featured in the June 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*219)

COS and Studio Swine’s blossoming sculpture

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COS and Studio Swine’s blossoming sculpture

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At this year’s Salone del Mobile, fashion brand COS teamed up with Studio Swine on a soothing, meditative installation. The duo worked on a multi-sensory experience – a ‘focal blossoming sculpture’ evoking sensuality

Hiroshi Sugimoto returns to the theatre

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Hiroshi Sugimoto returns to the theatre

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Hiroshi Sugimoto thought outside the black box at Foam Amsterdam in March, returning to his Theatres series after more than a decade. Pictured, UA Rivoli, New York, by Hiroshi Sugimoto, 1977

Black gold

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Black gold

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Watches used abstract layers to create a rich relief. Pictured, ‘BR03-92 Black Camo’, £2,800, by Bell & Ross. ‘Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu All Black’, £17,300, by Hublot. Constant Escapement LM’, £72,100, by Girard-Perregaux. ‘Cord 2.0’ fabric, by Nya Nordiska. Set design: Annette Masterman. Watches & Jewellery Director: Caragh McKay. As originally featured in the Precious Index, our new watches and jewellery supplement (see W*218)

Wallpaper* Handmade 2017

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Wallpaper* Handmade 2017

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In our busy modern lives, there is rarely time for meditation. Happily, this multifaceted table – conceived by Studiopepe and Agape for this year’s Holy Handmade! showcase – helped us integrate the concept into our domestic interiors.

Architecture in the wild

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Architecture in the wild

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The Hinterland: Cabins, Love Shacks and Other Hide-outs, published by Gestalten, traversed lodges, chalets and other architecture from the hinterland. Pictured, Vipp Shelter, Denmark, by Vipp.

White lines

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White lines

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Many wine connoisseurs appreciate an English fizz for its vivacity, a quality not always evident in champagne – something to thank England’s cooler climate and chalky soils for. Alongside an exquisite offering from a Kent winery (which made headlines earlier this year as the country’s most expensive sparkling wine), other local producers have been putting out first-rate fizz. Writer: Rosa Bertoli. As originally featured in the December 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*225)

Model behaviour

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Model behaviour

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Architect Richard Meier sharpened our sense of scale and proportion in our April issue fashion shoot. Pictured, jacket, £3,240; trousers, £1,950; shoes, £470, all by Chanel. Tights, £22, by Falke The Getty Center, design development model, 1991.  Fashion: Catherine Newell-Hanso. As originally featured in the April issue of Wallpaper* (W* 217)

Clean cut

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Clean cut

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Throughout his Thin White Duke period, in 1976, David Bowie sported a sliver of white metal on his left wrist. A symbol of refined simplicity, the bracelet marked Bowie’s departure from his ostentatious Ziggy Stardust persona. Today, the idea of pared-black adornment is re-emerging, with a handful of jewellers offering an understated alternative to the rocker look that had dominated contemporary men’s jewellery. Pictured, ‘Quatre Grosgrain’ bangle in 18ct white gold, £5,500, by Boucheron. Shirt, £179, by Boss. Watches and Jewellery Director: Caragh McKay. Fashion: Roberta Pinna. As originally featured in the Precious Index, our new Watches and Jewellery supplement (see W*218)

Behind the scenes of Rei Kawakubo’s Met Fifth Avenue show

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Behind the scenes of Rei Kawakubo’s Met Fifth Avenue show

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This summer, the work of Rei Kawakubo was the subject of an exhibition at the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Seventy-four and still creating, Kawakubo is possibly the most important fashion designer of our age – as this far-reaching, all-encompassing exhibition attested. Cope. As originally featured in the June 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*219)

‘Between Black and White’ by Koto Bolofo

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‘Between Black and White’ by Koto Bolofo

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Koto Bolofo launched his first solo exhibition in the Netherlands at Amsterdam’s Kahmann Gallery this year, which included work ranging from his audacious minimalism in the 1990s, to his striking introduction of colour in Black Beauty (2008), and Heat (2008). Pictured, Mirror, by 1998, Koto Bolofo

Hotel Mono, Singapore

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Hotel Mono, Singapore

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Taking up a row of six conservation shophouses in Chinatown’s historic Mosque Street, the 46-room Hotel Mono is the work of local studio, Spacedge Designs. Owing to the peculiarities of the original floor plans, no two rooms are the same – save, that is, for a common black and white theme.

Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel

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Louvre Abu Dhabi by Jean Nouvel

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In November, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre became the first building to open on Abu Dhabi’s ambitious Saadiyatt Island – a £20 billion cultural hub that when complete, will include five major museums and galleries including a Guggenheim by Frank Gehry, a performing arts centre by Zaha Hadid, a Maritime Museum by Tadao Ando, and a National Museum by Foster + Partners.

Nendo’s Tenri Station in Japan

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Nendo’s Tenri Station in Japan

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One of the better places in the world to be delayed for a train, the CoFuFun station plaza at Tenri Station in Japan, designed by Nendo, is an upbeat urban intervention and a new community hub for Tenri City in Nara prefecture. The 6000 sq m plaza features a series of white circular structures, that serve as multi-functional pavilions hosting a café, shops, information kiosk, bike rental, a play area, an outdoor stage and a meeting area.

Wallpaper* turns 21

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Wallpaper* turns 21

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Zaha Hadid Architects’ parametric design honoured our 21st birthday with a fitting salute. Back in 2008, Hadid herself was Guest Editor. See more from our 21 Guest Editors